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May 20, 2005 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury, acting in a bellwether case that took nearly 15 years to come to trial, awarded more than $500,000 Thursday to two thyroid-cancer victims who contended that their illness was caused by the government plant in central Washington state that produced nuclear-bomb fuel for 30 years. But the jury, in Spokane, ruled against awarding any damages for three other plaintiffs with thyroid problems, and deadlocked on the sixth plaintiff's case.
November 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of Idaho residents who claim nuclear tests conducted during the 1950s made them sick asked a panel of scientists to recommend that the U.S. government compensate them. The group, who call themselves "the downwinders" in reference to the toxic clouds that the wind carried their way from test sites in Nevada, described how radioactive waste coated their farms and towns 50 years ago. They believe it caused many of them to get cancer. The U.S.
June 16, 2004 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Tuesday endorsed funding to study new kinds of nuclear bombs, despite objections that doing so would undermine U.S. efforts to promote nuclear nonproliferation around the world. The action -- defeating a proposed amendment that would have cut the funding from the defense authorization bill -- came as the Senate attached to the same bill a long-debated measure to expand federal hate crime laws.
April 25, 2004 | Barbara Demick and Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writers
The blast was so big that some North Koreans thought a nuclear war had erupted. In the aftermath, it looked like a giant fireball had ripped across the landscape, leaving a trail of scorched earth and devastation for a radius of 500 yards around the Ryongchon train station. This was the scene 48 hours after the terrible conflagration in the North Korean town, as observed by a delegation of diplomats and aid workers who were taken to the site Saturday.
March 4, 2004
"From a Tropical Paradise to a Nuclear Hell" (Commentary, March 1), on Bikini, was quite accurate. I was there in 1954 aboard an LST (or landing ship, tank) that served as a troop carrier, "device" carrier and berthing ship for Atomic Energy Commission scientists. Besides the Marshallese, many military personnel on the atolls and afloat were hit by [nuclear test] Bravo. For many years the government, when confronted with this, used a "dog ate my homework" excuse. Only well after the fact did it take responsibility for certain types of cancer.
August 24, 2003 | Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer
In a sunny corner of the world where nothing much ever happened, a fruit wholesaler named Martin Moreno climbed atop a leaking American H-bomb and tried to pry loose a souvenir. Oblivious to the danger from radiation, he poked a screwdriver into a crack, working in vain to secure his prize. "I've never regretted that nor have I been afraid," Moreno, an engaging, healthy-looking man of 68, said in recounting that morning in the winter of 1966. His bird's-eye view of those 1.
August 4, 2003 | Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer
After more than a decade of working behind layers of front companies and in hidden laboratories, Iran appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. Iran insists that like many countries it is only building commercial nuclear reactors to generate electricity for homes and factories. "Iran's efforts in the field of nuclear technology are focused on civilian application and nothing else," President Mohammad Khatami said on state television in February.
July 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Zhang Aiping, 93, the former defense minister of China who managed the country's nuclear bomb program, has died in Beijing. The official New China News Agency said Zhang had been ill, but did not report when he died. Zhang served as defense minister under Deng Xiaoping, who also appointed him head of a commission to modernize the Chinese military. Under his leadership, China tested its first land-based missile with the range to hit targets in the United States in 1980.
May 28, 2003 | Paul Richter and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. and Russia increased pressure on Iran on Tuesday, with Moscow asking Tehran to confirm that it is not secretly developing a nuclear bomb and the White House demanding that the regime do more to halt the activities of Al Qaeda terrorists within its borders.
May 13, 2003 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
A dozen years after the Cold War's close raised hopes for an end to the nuclear threat, the Bush administration is embarking on a quest for a new generation of nuclear bombs that are smaller, less powerful -- and that the Pentagon might actually use in battle. In the administration's view, the frightening size of Cold War strategic nuclear weapons diminishes their deterrent value today: No one believes that the United States would use them against a smaller foe.
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