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Restricted area near
volcano shut down
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP)-The
restricted red zone around Mount St.
Helens has been closed after a U.S.
Geological Survey advisory warned
that the unpredictable volcano could
erupt without warning.
The USGS said Monday that "extra
caution should be taken near the
volcano," and the U.S. Forest Service
closed the restricted zone as a result.
Lava continues to squeeze out of the
volcano's crater in what scientists call
a "technical eruption."
But seismic activity that usually ac-
companies the movement of molten
rock has been absent, except for a
slight burst at 12:53 a.m. yesterday,
said Steve Bryant, a spokesman for the
University of Washington geophysics
The burst probably was caused by an
avalanche on the mountain, he said.
Although no earthquakes or tremors
were detected on Monday, Bob Norris,
another geophysics spokesman, said,
"The advisory was issued due to the
fact that the lava dome continues to
grow .. . We know there's material
erupting, though at a snail's pace, but if
the mountain has a tendency to become
explosive, it may not give us any war-
Lava movement means the volcano is
technically in an "eruptive state,"
Norris said. Small earthquakes usually
accompany that movement, and their
absence worries scientists, who have
used earthquake patterns to tell when
an eruption is brewing.
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Iran to accept
Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Ali Rajai told Iranian Television
yesterday that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had authorized the Iranian
government to accept unspecified guarantees by Algeria "to solve our
problems with the United States" in negotiations to free the 52 American
There was no elaboration on Rajai's remarks after a meeting with
An official in Khomeini's office said the ayatollah would announce his
decision "in a couple of days" regarding the latest American proposals in
the hostage situation.
In Washington, a spokesperson for the State Department said initial
reports of Rajai's statement were too vague for the department to make any
Chapman pleads innocent
in Lennon slaying
NEW YORK-Mark David Chapman pleaded innocent yesterday to
killing former Beatle John Lennon, his lawyer saying that Chapman will not
deny the shooting but will instead offer insanity as his defense.
Defense attorney Jonathan Marks withdrew his request to the court that
Chapman be examined to determine his mental competence to stand trial.
A State Supreme Court justice appointed two psychiatrists and a
psychologist to examine the defendant, one of them a veteran of the Son of
Sam multiple murder case. Pretrial hearings were scheduled for Feb. 11 and
Feb. 25, with a trial date to be set at the latter appearance. Meanwhile,
Chapman is being kept under an around-the-clock suicide watch at Rikers
Electoral College confirms
president, vice president
WASHINGTON-Congress yesterday officially confirmed Ronald
Reagan and George Bush as the nation's next president and vice president
with the members of the electoral college casting 489 votes for the
The ceremonial ratification of the electoral college votes cleared the
way for Reagan and Bush to be inaugurated Jan. 20.
All electors voted for the candidates they were pledged to.
Polish farmers take
over overnment building
A group of 70 Polish farmers have taken over an administrative building
less than 10 miles from the Soviet border to protest local corruption, said
union sources yesterday. The sit-in, initiated by a group of independent far-
mers called the "Rural Solidarity," began on December 29 in Ustrzyki Dolne
in southeastern Poland.
Workers in three towns near the Soviet border staged a one-hour war-
ning strike to support the workers, union sources said. A government
delegation arrived in the area to talk to the striking workers, but there was
no evidence they were going to negotiate with the farmers.
Sources said the farmers' complaints were believed to involve prices
paid for produce and the price and availability of tractors, fertilizers and
GM releases sales figures
DETROIT-General Motors Corp. said yesterday its 1980 sales finished
16 percent below 1979, becoming the first domestic automaker to close its
books on what likely will stand as the industry's worst since 1961.
The nation's biggest automaker sold 4,116,482 cars last year compared
with 4,887,281 in 1979, with sales for the final ten-day sales period of Decem-
ber down 29.5 percent from the same period last year.
The sales drop at GM was less than that anticipated by Ford Motor Co.,
and the Chrysler Corp. Figures for the other domestic and foreign car
makers are due to be released today.
Air Force declares Titan
missile is safe
WASHINGTON-The Air Force said yesterday that the Titan II missile
is "basically safe" and has a nuclear warhead that will not blow up acciden-
The conclusions were revealed in a report that followed the explosion of
a missile silo in Damascus, Ark. last August that killed one person and in-
jured 21 others. A Titan warhead was hurled out of the silo but remained
"safe and relataively intact," the report said.
"The system has enough checks and balances" that a nuclear explosion
following an accident is "not conceivable,",said Gen. Bennie Davis at a Pen-
tagon news conference.
The report acknowledged that while the system is safe and supportable,
it is still potentially hazardous and there is no guarantee that accidents will
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