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UNITED PRESS . NEWS • — BRIEFS Predict Credit Controls WASHINGTON, D. C, June 13.— Despite denials by the Federal Reserve Board, administrations sources predicted today that credit controls soon will be relaxed on automobiles, television sets, washing machines and similar goods. The sources said an order would be announced within a few days. Reds Reeling Northward TOKYO, Japan, June 13.— Red armies, reeling northward in Korea under relentless Allied infantry-tank-plane attack, may have abandoned Pyonggang, apex of their shattered iron triangle, front dispatches indicated today. On almost every part of a 70-mile front United Nations infantrymen were advancing against slight resistance. Investigate China Lobby WASHINGTON, D. C, June 13.— The Justice Department has begun an investigation of the "China lobby," it was learned today. All the department would say officially was that the "China lobby is under active study." It said the work was being done by the criminal division to determine whether the lobby has made illegal attempts to influence opinion for Nationalist China. Chif ley Dead at 65 CANBERRA, Australia, June 13. — Joseph Benedict Chifley, 65, Australian Labor Party leader, who rose from railroad -shop boy to prime minister, died tonight of a heart attack. Chifley was premier from 1945 until December, 1949, when Conservatives defeated his Labor government in a general election. Says Reds Defied Order WASHINGTON, D. C, June 13.— Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer testified today that the Russians in Manchuria defied an order of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by turning over captured Japanese arms to the Chinese Communists when World War n. ended. Majority for De Gasperi ROME, Italy, June 13.— Premier Alcide De Gasperis anti-communist coalition has gained control of 16 city administrations out of 30 throughout Italy voted upon last Sunday, final official returns showed today. The Communist-lef twing Socialist bloc won in 13 of the 30 provincial capitals. A Rightist Monarchist grouping took one administration — at Lecce. Want Excise Tax Hike WASHINGTON, D. C, June 13.— The House Ways and Means Committee wants to hike excise sales taxes on several items which are part of the basis of government cost of living estimates. And government wage stabilizers here steadily are moving toward a stabilization plan which will tie wages to the cost of living index. World Court Ruling THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 13.— The World Court ruled today that Columbia is not obliged to surrender Peruvian opposition leader Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, who has been a refugee in the Colombian embassy in Lima, the Peruvian capital, since January, 1949. Asks Highway Safety WASHINGTON, D. C, June 13.— President Truman pleaded today for greater safety- on the nation highways, warning that an "accident does just as much damage as a deliberate act of sabotage by hostile agents." Mr. Truman, speaking at the ; opening session of the 1951 Highway Safety Conference, said that "Highway accidents strike directly at our national strength." May Allocate Steel LONDON, England, June 13. — Britain soon may put into effect a steel allocation program because of an increasing shortage, it was disclosed today. A treasury an- -nouncement said the output rate had fallen below that of last year and that there was only a two-week supply of important materials used in making steel.