Earthquake damages assessed

MOSCOW (AP)- The Dec. 7 earthquake that struck Armenia caused $16.2 billion in damage and destroyed 58 villages and towns, the Tass news agency said Monday.

The earthquake killed 25,000 people and injured 19,000, the Armenian Committee on Statistics said in a report carried by the official news agency.

Third year for space station

MOSCOW (AP)—Space officials plan to link another two modules to the Mir space station, where cosmonauts on Monday marked the third anniversary of its launch, Radio Moscow and the Tass news agency said.

According to Radio Moscow, two modules will be sent aloft later this year to connect to the single module currently attached to the space station.

Marketplace in Hungary raided

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP)—Uniformed and plainclothes police raided a marketplace in western Hungary and made a baton charge against Polish tourists selling their goods unlawfully, a daily newspaper said Monday.

The trade union newspaper Nepszava said the regional police headquarters is investigating “this shocking action.”

It said the police attacked Feb. 3 in Varpalota, a mining town 100 miles southwest of Budapest, where a group of Polish tourists were selling clothing, liquor and jewelry to locals for Hungarian currency.

British barracks bombed

LONDON (AP)—The IRA bombed a British army barracks in western England early Monday, but most of the men had been evacuated before the blasts and only one soldier was injured.

A half-hour before the three explosions, a sentry spotted two intruders and fired warning shots, then woke the sleeping soldiers and told them to get out. Police set up roadblocks in the area of the Ternhill barracks following the pre-dawn blasts and said two suspects observed by the sentry were thought to be at large in a stolen car.

North trial continues

WASHINGTON (AP)—A jury will be sworn in Tuesday in the trial of Oliver North, with the prosecution preparing a lineup of witnesses to testify he tried to cover up the Iran-Contra affair.

Lawyers for the fired presidential aide plan to rebut the prosecution’s case by showing North had White House authorization for his activities. North, the key figure in the Iran-Contra affair, was indicted 11 months ago with former national security adviser John Poindexter and businessmen Richard Secord and Albert Hakim.

Jury selection underway

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) – Jury selection began Friday in the case against Richard G. Kunce of Aurora, who is facing criminal charges stemming from the cover-up of Carl L. Stevens’ death in 1979.

Stevens was a rural Knoxville man whose mummified remains, brown and withered, were discovered Jan. 29, 1988, in the Stevens family home. His wife, Carole, and their two teen-age children had tended the corpse for nine years as if it were alive.

Gorbachev visits the Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP)—President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived Monday in the Ukranian capital of Kiev to assess progress in his program of economic and social reforms, the official Tass news agency said.

The Ukraine is the nation’s second most populous republic and is administered by Vladimir Shcherbitsky, 71, the only member of the ruling Politburo appointed during the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev. The Brezhnev years are a period now known under Gorbachev as the “era of stagnation.”

Tapes under scrutiny

CHICAGO (AP)—Lawyers for a woman whose 9-year-old son died of an asthma attack offered tape recordings Monday as proof that paramedics flatly refused to enter the public-housing project where the boy lay ill.

But a speech pathologist who prepared a transcript of the tapes found one key segment unintelligible, neither contradicting nor supporting the paramedics’ contention that they left the scene because their ambulance was being pelted with eggs and rocks.

Lourve closed for renovation

PARIS (AP)—The Louvre Museum closed Monday for five weeks while workers put finishing touches on an $850 million expansion project to be inaugurated March 30 by President Francois Mitterrand.

When it reopens, visitors will enter the museum through a tall glass pyramid soaring out of the courtyard and leading to a vast underground lobby.

State board releases report

(AP) -Illinois elementary and high school teachers outside Chicago and East St. Louis are overwhelmingly white, though nearly one-sixth of students outside the two cities belong to minority groups, according to a State Board of Education report.

There were 106,684 public school teachers in the state during the 1986-87 school year. A total of 83,754 worked outside Chicago and East St. Louis, and 4 percent of those were minorities, the report said.