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Saturday September 11, 1976
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News stories from Saturday September 11, 1976


Summaries of the stories the major media outlets considered to be of particular importance on this date:

  • Ambassador Kenneth Rush in Paris met briefly early this morning with the Croatian hijackers of the TWA jetliner to negotiate the freeing of the plane's passengers and crew. It was not known immediately what agreements had been reached. One of the hijackers of the plane, which landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport after a circuitous route from New York, reportedly was to telephone a contact in the United States after the meeting to verify that the anti-Yugoslav statements distributed by the Croatian hijackers had received wide publicity in the American press.

    Terrorism and murder by Croatian separatists spread to New York City after stretching from Stockholm to Sydney. The hijacking was the latest skirmish between rival Yugoslav groups that is rooted in the social, religious and political history of the country.

    The hijacker's bomb that killed one police officer and seriously injured three others exploded suddenly shortly after the police had ended a 15-minute attempt to blow it up by means of a remote control activator. [New York Times]

  • Women in "extraordinary" numbers have entered the job market in the last two years, and especially in 1976, according to Alan Greenspan, the administration's top economist. Labor Department statistics illustrate this by showing that almost two-thirds of those entering the job market in the last five months have been women. The national labor force is now 40.7 percent female, a level that forecasters did not expect until 1985. [New York Times]
  • Ordination of women as Episcopal priests in areas where they would be accepted was suggested by the church's Presiding Bishop, John Allin. The Bishop, who has declared his opposition to the ordination of women, said at the opening of the denomination's convention in Minneapolis that he hoped the church would avoid further division over the issue. [New York Times]
  • The mysterious decline in the scores of high school seniors on their college boards continued last year. A report shows that the average score of the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test dropped three points and the average score on the mathematical part remained at its lowest level ever. The worsening scores have become a focus of a nationwide debate over educational quality. [New York Times]
  • An apparently two-way race between Bella Abzug and Daniel Patrick Moynihan for the Democratic Senate nomination (from New York) in Tuesday's primary has shifted at least some of the support of the state organization to Mr. Moynihan. [New York Times]
  • Henry Kissinger and Ian Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, may meet during the Secretary of State's trip to Africa. Mr. Kissinger said his trip, which is to begin Monday, would probably not result in permanent solutions to the problems of Rhodesia and South-West Africa, but would be used to set a framework for further negotiations. [New York Times]
  • President Tito is suffering from "acute liver trouble" and will require several weeks to recover, a Yugoslav government statement said. It added that a state visit by the French President was being postponed because of the health problem, something the French had announced 12 hours earlier. [New York Times]
  • Uncertainty over China's leadership in the wake of Mao Tse-tung's death was evident in some of the official messages of condolence sent by foreign governments. Some of them were addressed to Prime Minister Hua Kuo-feng, some to the Communist Party Central Committee and others to just "The leadership of China." [New York Times]


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