WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate today acquitted President Clinton of obstruction of justice and perjury, rejecting House prosecutors' demand that the nation's 42nd president be removed from office for concealing an affair with a White House intern.

The vote in favor of the impeachment article alleging obstruction was 50-50, far short of the two-thirds required for conviction. Earlier, senators rejected the charge of perjury by a 55-45 vote, as 10 Republicans joined the Democrats. A two-thirds majority was required for conviction.