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WORLD
April 3, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
The accident happened in China's information capital, on a new subway line being built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But it took rescue workers at least eight hours last week to arrive on the scene where six migrant workers were trapped in a tunnel collapse. There were no survivors. The cave-in and delayed rescue Wednesday have the potential to seriously embarrass the Chinese government.
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BUSINESS
March 29, 2007 | From Reuters
The switch to digital television from analog should not be delayed because it is crucial that emergency services have access to freed-up airwaves to communicate, U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday. U.S. television stations are required to switch to airing only digital broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009. That will free up analog airwaves, some of which will be set aside for public safety so emergency workers can better communicate with one another -- a significant problem during the Sept.
WORLD
February 25, 2007 | From Reuters
Despite the Bush administration's position that it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead from the president, the New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue. The special planning group was established within the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent months, according to an unidentified former U.S.
TRAVEL
February 11, 2007 | Judi Dash
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SCIENCE
February 2, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
The most serious flu pandemic should immediately prompt strict isolation measures, including sending students home from school for up to three months and quarantining households with sick members, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday. Because it would take four to six months to prepare a vaccine to protect against a pandemic flu, the guidelines are considered critical to restricting the virus in the interim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
When the great Ft. Tejon earthquake ripped the San Andreas fault 150 years ago this week, the shaking was so powerful it shook the Kern River from its banks and for a moment made it run upstream, according to accounts from the day. If such a quake occurred today -- and scientists say we are overdue for one in Southern California -- it would cause $150 billion or more in damage, disrupt water and power supplies for Los Angeles and pancake buildings from San Bernardino to the L.A. Basin.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Frustrated with people and politicians who refuse to listen or learn, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield ends his 34-year government career today in search of a new platform for getting out his unwelcome message: Hurricane Katrina was nothing compared with the big one yet to come. Mayfield, 58, leaves his high-profile job with the National Weather Service more convinced than ever that U.S.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Amid reports that poor communication and missed tips might have hampered the search for James Kim and his family in the southern Oregon wilderness, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has ordered three state agencies to review the search process, and said he would appoint a task force to improve search-and-rescue efforts. A state sheriffs' organization also is conducting a review, as are federal agencies in charge of the land where Kim and his family were lost.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A few seconds of undersea quaking was all it took to cause massive telecommunications disruptions throughout tech-savvy Asia, where Internet services slowed or stopped, phone lines went dead and financial transactions ground to a halt.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2006 | Richard Clough, Chicago Tribune
The White House on Monday said it had met most of its early goals as it prepared to deal with a flu pandemic, but added that significant steps still must be taken to implement an effective strategy. Homeland Security Advisor Frances F. Townsend told reporters that the federal government had made "significant progress," but needed to coordinate with local, state and foreign governments to effectively fight a global health crisis. "Preparedness is a shared responsibility," she said.
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