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Thursday, December 07, 2006

December 7, 1960: Moscow Says US Blocking Korean Unification, Texas Delays Vote Certification for Kennedy

The Soviet Union said today the United States was blocking the re-unification of Korea. Moscow called on the United Nations to force the evacuation of U.S. and other foreign troops from the peninsula.

Dag Hammarskjold said today there would be chaos if the U.N. withdrew its troops from the Congo, as the Soviet Union has said it should.

President Eisenhower is withdrawing naval forces from Central American waters. Navy forces have been patrolling the coast to prevent outside support of any Communist-inspired revolt in Guatemala or Nicaragua.

"Missing ballot applications stirred Republicans ... as they pressed their 'discovery' recount," George Tagge wrote for a story to be published in tomorrow's Chicago Daily Tribune. "They said the recount now gives Vice President Nixon a net gain of 2,978 votes.... Nixon is certain to pick up enough votes in the remaining 463 of the 863 paper ballot precincts, when combined with gains thru rechecking voting machines, to overcome the lead of 8,858 votes by which Sen. John F. Kennedy won Illinois in the Nov. 8 election, said Georges H. Dapples, counsel for the Nixon Recount committee."

Meanwhile, the Tribune will report tomorrow that a federal district court judge in Texas has signed a temporary restraining order prohibiting certification of Texas' 24 electoral votes pending hearing of a Republican suit challenging the validity of the Nov. 8 election.

The president of the international Brotherhood of Teamsters, James Hoffa, was indicted today on charges of misusing more than $500,000 in union funds.

"Mass filing, one of the last purely manual office chores, has been converted into a push-button operation by Diebold, Inc.," a New York Times reporter wrote for a story to be published in tomorrow's edition. "Diebold, a large producer of safes and varied office equipment, demonstrated ... its new automatic filing system, which it calls "open Shelf Power Files."

"The next decade will see a sharp change in the age pattern of the consumer population, a change that has important marketing overtones," Robert Alden wrote in a story to be published tomorrow in the New York Times. "The consumer market will grow considerably younger. The nation's total population will be 20 percent larger by 1970. But the number of persons under 30 will be up by 30 percent."