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UNITED PRESS- — NEWS BRIEFS Steel Production Cut Off by Strike PITTSBURGH*, Pa., June 3.— The nations steel production was cut off by a strike of 650,000 CIQ United Steelworkers today and idleness in steel-dependent industries was increasing by the hour. The I blast furnaces of the defense-rvital steel plants were being banked while pickets marched at the gates in answer to CIO president Philip Murrays strike call following the Supreme Courts nullification of government seizure*. / British Lay Siege to Red-Run Radio Berlin BERLIN, Germany, June 3. — British troops under orders to "meet force with force" laid siege to Russian-run radio Berlin in western Berlin today in the first " Allied retaliation for the Soviets new "creeping" blockade of the city. One hundred British military police and 100 West Berlin police surrounded the block-long building in Charlottenburg in the British sector, threw up barbed wire barricades around it, and prevented the Communist day shift from reporting for work. Urge President to Invoke Taft-Hartley Law WASHINGTON, D. C., June 3.— Demands mounted in Congress today for President Truman to invoke the Taft-Hartley law to halt the steel Strike rather than seek new emergency legislation. Sen. Robert A. Taft R-Ohio, co-author of the Taft-Hartley law, said "I do not feel that Congress is called upon to pass any emergency legislation until the President has exhausted his present statutory power." American Guards Wound Four POW KOJE ISLAND, Korea, June 3.— American guards shot and wounded four North Korean prisoners tonight bringing POW casualties for the island to one killed and nine wounded during the past ,24 hours, an 8th Army Spokesman said. The latest incident occurred at Compound 604 when rebellious prisoners refused to remove laundry they were drying on the barbed wire surrounding the compound. Eisenhower Defends Record on Air Power [ WASHINGTON, D. C, June 3.— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower today defended his i record on air power against criticism by I Sen. Robert A. Taft, his principal rival for the Republican presidental nomination. He said danger of a "deliberately planned" global war by Russia is not great, but there is an ever-present danger of Korea-like actions. This makes imperative our continued build-up of friendly nations by economic and military aid. • Cardinal Spellman Arrives in Genoa GENOA, Italy, June -3. — Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York, and 600 pilgrims to the Barcelona International Eucharistic Congress arrived in Genoa today aboard the American export liner Constitution. The pilgrims, led by the Arch- bishop went sightseeing in Genoa and then returned to their ship which will sail today for Naples. Hooyer Asks Transfer of Flood Control Work WASHINGTON, D. C, June 3.— Former President Herbert Hoover urged Congress today to transfer flood control work from the Army engineers to the interior department. In a letter to chairman Willjam L. Dawson D-Hl. of the House Executive expenditures committee, Mr. Hoover said: "effectuation of this reform is 25 years overdue. With the enormously expanded demands upon the Army engineers by our increased military establishment, this would seem even more urgent." [Trumqn Shocked at Korea Political Crisis PUSAN, Korea, June 3. — An American embassy official said today that President Truman expressed "shock and amazement" in a note to President Syngman Rhee of Korea over the grave political crisis in this republic. It was believed that Rhees reported move to dissolve the assembly today was forestalled by the message from Truman. Clark Visits Battlefront Commanders SEOUL, Korea, June 9.— Gen. Mark W. Ciark today paid his first visit to battle-front commanders since taking over as supreme commander of United Nations , forces. Clark and Gen. James A. Van. Fleet, 8th Army chief, were briefed at front line command posts. Fighting today was confined to sporadic artillery exchanges and patrol clashes.