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Saturday April 19, 1980
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News stories from Saturday April 19, 1980

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

  • Washington planned a coup in Iran in the event that the pro-Western government appointed by Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi early last year was overcome by forces loyal to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, administration officials said. They explained that the rapid disintegration of Iran's military forces made the plans unworkable. The administration sent Gen. Robert Huyser of the Air Force to Teheran, ordering him to keep the Iranian military intact and loyal to Prime Minister Shahpur Bakhtiar, the deposed Shah's handpicked successor. [New York Times]
  • Barbara Timm and her husband had no assurance in Teheran that they would be able to visit Mrs. Timm's son, Marine Sgt. Kevin Hermening, one of the hostages at the American Embassy. She spoke by telephone to to one of the hostages' captors and was told that a decision whether she could visit her son would be made in a day or two. [New York Times]
  • George Bush's intensive campaigning in Pennsylvania has registered gains on Ronald Reagan in Tuesday's primary, according to Republican politicians across the state. Mr. Reagan's campaign strategists announced belatedly that he would campaign across the state Sunday and Monday to recoup ground lost to Mr. Bush. [New York Times]
  • Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada has used his position to advance his financial interests, according to public records in Washington and Nevada. Mr. Cannon, a Democrat and one of the Senate's most powerful members, acknowledged in an interview that he had intervened with federal agencies in matters involving his financial interests, but denied seeking personal gain, exerting improper influence or violating Senate rules. [New York Times]
  • Inflation is "impoverishing" a rising number of Americans. Welfare officials, church shelters and charitable organizations are getting an increasing number of reluctant requests for help from men and women who believed that they had been financially secure. Applications for federal food stamps have increased sharply in recent months. [New York Times]
  • Oil price talks between Iran and Japan broke down when Japan decided not to accept a proposed $2.50 rise in the cost of a barrel of crude, despite Iran's threat to cut off shipments by Monday if the increase was not accepted. The increase would have pushed the price of a barrel of oil to $35, making it the most expensive in the world. [New York Times]

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