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Fires rampage in dry weather
From AP and UPI
Weary firefighters chased wildfires
across the rugged foothills of Ten-
nessee and Georgia for the second
straight day yesterday, and scattered
blazes charred parched timber from
Mississippi to Ohio.
Forestry officials desperate for rain
saw some hope in Ohio, where there
was a 50 percent chance of rain last
night, but little across the tinder-dry
Officials said at least 70,000 acres of
woodlands have burned in 13 states in
the past two weeks, claiming the lives
of three firefighters.
"IF WE don't get some rain soon,
those figures are going to start clim-
bing," Georgia Forestry Commission
spokesman Jack Long said.
In the mountains of east Tennessee,
a fire believed to be set by an arsonist
burned out of control for the second
day Tuesday, destroying up to 1,000
acres, state forestry officials said.
"Everyday it gets a little drier, with
the fires burning with a little more in-
tensity. It hasn't taken any spec-
tacular leap, just a slow gradual
buildup in a situation that's already
pretty bad," said Bruce Jewell,
spokesman for the regional office of
the U.S. Forest Service in Atlant.
Hundreds of fires have broken out in
the past week in parts of Alabama,
North Carolina, Tennessee, Ken-
tucky, Virginia, West Virginia and
Ohio., Outbreaks of grass and brush
fires were reported over the weekend
and Monday in parts of Michigan,
western Pennsylvania, new Jersey
"THE WOODS are drier than
they've been in 100 years at least. The
vegetation, the soil and the logs in the
forest are all drier than they've been
since records were kept since 1871,"
said Dwight Barnett, spokesman for
the Tennessee Division of Forestry.
Nine Kentucky fires totaling about.
2,200 acres burned out of control
Tuesday, after state crews ex-
tinguished 97 fires Monday that
charred about 5,100 acres. U.S. Forest
Service crews battled a 200-to-300-
acre fire in the Daniel Boone National
Forest, where 65 fires raged Monday.
Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste ordered
a moratorium on permits for open
trash fires Tuesday in the southen and
southeastern parts of the state. An
out-of-control, 150 acre fire in Scioto
County destroyed two houses,
threatened others and injured two
Ohio has had an estimated 10,000
acres of state forest land burned in the
past week by 600 fires. "It's well on its
way to becoming the worst spring
we've ever had," said David
Bergman, chief of the state Division
Russians twist and shout for the Fab Four
MOSCOW (UPI) - A new wave of
"Beatlemania" is sweeping the Soviet Union -
But this time it is officially sanctioned and has sent
Soviets twisting and shouting into government
stores in search of records by the Fab Four.
The Soviet Union's state recording agency,
Melodiya, has produced 200,000 copies of two
Beatles records through a licensing agreement
with the British recording company EMI, a Soviet
official said yesterday.
Customers pushed and shoved in the main
Melodiya store in Moscow on Monday when the
records, packaged as a double album titled "Hard
Day's Night," went on sale - and quickly sold out.
THE CROWD, waiting in the late afternoon to
pay the equivalent of $10 for the album, groaned.
loudly and the store quickly emptied, leaving
behind a few classical music fans.
The brown album, picturing the four clean-cut
Beatles in the early 1960s, also was available with
a plastic cover for an extra ruble, or $1.40.
Because of the quick sell-out at stores across the
nation, the All-Union International Trade
Association, which negotiated the deal, asked EMI
for the right to produce another 200,000 records, a
spokesman for the Soviet company said yester-
Soviet record stores are usually well-stocked
with classical music and recordings of official
speeches, but Western rock music is virtually non-
existent. Soviet officials say many Western rock
stars are "tools of capitalism."
BEFORE Beatlemania swept the Soviet Union
in the 1960s, a former foreign minister set the of-
ficial tone toward rock music by saying, "All this
nervous and insane boogie-woogie and rock and
roll are some kind of wild caveman's orgy.,,
The pendulum of state tolerance began swinging
in favor of the English group about three years
ago when an official of the Communist Youth
League called them "solid."
Oil prices swing wildly on world markets
From AP and UPI
NEW YORK - Oil prices swung
yesterday, plunging into the single-
digit range for the first time since the
mid-1970s before rebounding on news
that the United States will press Saudi
Arabia to help stabilize the market.
Prices for May delivery of West
Texas Intermediate, the main U.S.
crude and an important market in-
dicator, dropped as low as $9.75 per
42-gallon barrel on the New York
Mercantile Exchange, compared with
Monday's price of $10.42. Prices for
that grade have not been that low sin-
The slide spilled over to Europe,
where the cost of Britain's benchmark
Brent crude from its North Sea fields
fell up to $1.90 a barrel on the spot
market to $9.70, the lowest level for
that oil since 1973.
IT WAS the first time North Sea oil
had cracked the $10 level and inten-
sified pressure on Britain, the key in-
dependent producer, to abandon its
hardline stand against cooperating
with OPEC in a bilateral effort to
Analysts said European traders
were reacting to a warning Sunday by
United Arab Emirates Oil Minister
Nana Saeed Otaiba that oil prices
could fall to $5 a barrel unless OPEC
and non-OPEC producers take
"urgent action" to stabilize prices by
Later the New York futures market
rallied strongly, sending prices up to
$11.27, after Vice President George
Bush said he would tell the Saudi
government on his upcoming middle
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to realize that the euphoria of lower
oil prices is like a party followed by a
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Union Carbide fined for safety
violations at Virginia plant
WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Ad-
ministration,in the largest enforcement since its creation 15 years ago,
fined Union Carbide Corp. almost $1.4 million yesterday for 221 alleged
violations at a West Virginia Plant, including making workers sniff for
leaks of deadly gases.
"They used to use canaries for that," labor Secretary William Brock
said, assailing the giant chemical company for what he called a "willful
disregard of health and safety," at its Institute, W. Va., plant over the
past three years.
The alleged violations ranged from failing to keep proper records and
making employees detect leaks of deadly gases to inadequate safety
management systems for recognizing and correcting hazards.
Brock said the Labor Department last week sent the results of an inten-
sive six-months investigation of the Institute plant to the Justice Depar-
tment for pursuing possible criminal violations.
Union Carbide has 15 days to appeal the civil fines, which total $1,377,
700 the largest ever proposed. The case then would be litigated, first
before an administrative law judge and then the three-member federal
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The largest previous proposed fine levied by OSHA was $786,190 in 1979
against the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Virginia. In a
settlement reached in 1981, the penalties were reduced to $96,580.
France pulls out of Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon - France, saying its peace-keeping mission in
Beirut has become impossible, withdrew its 45 cease-fire observers
yesterday in a move tht marked the end of Western peace-keeping efforts
in the battered capital.
The French pullout after two years on the Green Line battle zone came
two weeks after the kidnappers of four Frenchmen demanded the with-
drawal and three weeks after a sniper killed a French observer, the ninth
to die in Lebanon.
It also coincided with sporadic clashes and sniper fire between Moslem
and Christian forces on the Green Line, and between Palestinian and
Shiite Moslem gunmen in two Palestinian refugee camps on the southern
outskirts of Beirut.
The fighting later escalated into mortar battles around one of the for-
mer French posts, wounding a man and a woman. Another woman and a
militiaman were killed and five wounded in a fourth straight day of con-
flict in the camps, police said.
Aquino dismisses 39 officers
MANILA, Philippines - President Corazon Aquino yesterday dismissed
39 generals and colonels in her first major move to appease younger
military officers who helped topple the Ferdinand Marcos regime.
Aquino, however, extended the terms of eight generals and three
colonels who assumed what armed forces chief Gen. Fidel Ramos
described as "sensitive" positions after the Feb. 22-25 civilian-backed
The retirement of overstaying generals had been a repeated demand by
Washington during the final years of the 20-year Marcos regime as part of
a program to reform the 250,000-strong military to combat a growing
Also yesterday, thousands of Filipino picketers angrily rejected a call
to end their 11-day-old stike against U.S. military bases but others
dismantled union barricades that had blocked access to the installations.
Britain urges talks in Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Britain urged Protestants yesterday to
halt a campaign of violence and discuss solutions to the crisis resulting
from an accord that gives the Irish Republic a voice in this troubled
The appeal followed a night of clashes between Protestant mobs and
police, most of whom are also Protestants, and fire-bomb attacks on
Police said 38 officers and 39 civilians were injured and 88 homes, shops
and vehicles were damaged. Riot squads fired 148 plastic bullets and
came under 23 separate assaults, and the homes of nine policemen were
attacked, the report said.
A march yesterday by 2,500 Protestants to Larne, north of Belfast, went
off peacefully, as did ceremonies attended by Roman Catholics at two
cemeteries in which fighters for Irish independence are buried.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's offer of last week to meet with
Protestant leaders must be taken up "sooner or later, and my great hope
is that it will happen sooner, rather than later," said Tom King, the Nor-
thern Ireland secretary, who is responsible for the province.
King's deputy, Nicholas Scott, said: "The prime minister is prepared to
sit down and talk with them. That is much better than confrontation."
Americans recovered in crash
SAN MIGUEL EL ALTO, Mexico - Searchers yesterday pulled more
bodies from the dusty slopes of a mountain where a Mexicana Airlines
jetliner crashed, killing all 166 people aboard in the worst disaster in
Mexican aviation history.
Three of the passengers were identified as Americans, and officials
said two others were probably Americans. None of the victims' names
were released pending notification of next of kin.
Hundreds of rescue workers stumbling in ankle-deep red dust spread
out at dawn to resume their search for bodies in the wreckage of the
Boeing 727 jet, which covered a 500-square-foot area on both slopes of the
The cause of the crash was unknown yesterday. The pilot radioed that
he was losing altitude and asked permission to to return to Mexico City
minutes before the disaster.
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