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COMPUSERVE AND U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT FIRST TO HOST VICE PRESIDENT IN LIVE, FREE CONFERENCE

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Vice President Al Gore has emerged as the Clinton administration's most articulate spokesperson for the Information Age. Thursday night he let his personal computer do the talking as he participated in a live, free electronic town meeting on the CompuServe Information Service. Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report, the conference marked the first time the Vice President had used a consumer online service to speak to the American people.
 Nearly 900 CompuServe members around the world -- the highest number ever to attend an online conference on any consumer information service -- gathered in CompuServe's Convention Center and saw the Vice President's comments on their computer screens as he typed them from his White House office. Responding to questions and comments submitted by members, Mr. Gore addressed such issues as how the information superhighway will affect education and how laws can be expanded to protect U.S. citizens with special needs. The conference was moderated by William Allman, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report.
 Immediately following Mr. Gore's appearance, participating members were invited to discuss his remarks in the U.S. News Online Forum on CompuServe. A full transcript of the conference is available in Library No. 3 of forum (GO USNFORUM).
 U.S. News Online debuted Monday, Nov. 29, 1993. U.S. News & World Report is the first national weekly newsmagazine to join CompuServe. U.S. News Online offers the magazine's full text, photos and graphics each week as well as back issues, numerous discussion groups for debate and libraries for additional information.
 Established in 1979, the CompuServe Information Service provides its 1.6 million members worldwide with nearly 2,000 databases and services to meet both business and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped personal computer using the CompuServe Information Manager interactive interface or any general communications software. For more information please call 800-848-8199.
 In addition to the CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides frame relay, wide and local area networking services, electronic mail, business information services and software to major corporations and government agencies worldwide.
 CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company.
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 /CONTACT: Debra Young or David Kishler of CompuServe Inc., 614-538-4553, or 614-538-4571, or CompuServe Mail, 7004,336/
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