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August 9, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young Texas couple had two Mercedeses, a $450,000 home and a shameful secret: They were child pornographers, making millions off the rising tide of cyber-porn. The couple, indicted in April 2000 and sentenced to prison this week, ran what is believed to be the largest child pornography business in U.S. history, and authorities are now using their dismantled operation to target thousands of former customers in a stepped-up attack on child exploitation.
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August 9, 2001
10-20 BILLION YEARS AGO: The Big Bang starts it all off. SOMETIME LATER: Homo sapiens begins counting on fingers and toes. 500 B.C.: Earliest known calculating device, the abacus, is developed in China. 1632: Slide rule created. 1700 1820s: Englishman Charles Babbage proposes the first "computer," a machine that automates the construction of mathematical tables called the Difference Engine. 1940 1946: ENIAC, which is 1,000 times faster than its contemporaries, is unveiled to the public.
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NEWS
August 9, 2001
10-20 BILLION YEARS AGO: The Big Bang starts it all off. SOMETIME LATER: Homo sapiens begins counting on fingers and toes. 500 B.C.: Earliest known calculating device, the abacus, is developed in China. 1632: Slide rule created. 1700 1820s: Englishman Charles Babbage proposes the first "computer," a machine that automates the construction of mathematical tables called the Difference Engine. 1940 1946: ENIAC, which is 1,000 times faster than its contemporaries, is unveiled to the public.
NEWS
August 9, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young Texas couple had two Mercedeses, a $450,000 home and a shameful secret: They were child pornographers, making millions off the rising tide of cyber-porn. The couple, indicted in April 2000 and sentenced to prison this week, ran what is believed to be the largest child pornography business in U.S. history, and authorities are now using their dismantled operation to target thousands of former customers in a stepped-up attack on child exploitation.
WORLD
December 10, 2003 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
As hundreds of U.S. and Afghan soldiers hunted insurgents along the rugged border with Pakistan, the U.S. ambassador here predicted Tuesday that Taliban and other guerrillas would intensify their attacks in coming weeks. The troops, numbering about 2,000 and backed by air power, are carrying out what the military calls its largest operation in Afghanistan since the Taliban was overthrown two years ago.
WORLD
December 11, 2003 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
U.S. troops were not responsible for the deaths of six children killed in an attack on a suspected Taliban hide-out, an Afghan official said Wednesday. The children and two adults were crushed to death Friday during a mission against a large arms cache in Paktia province controlled by local Taliban commander Mullah Jalani, U.S. military spokesman Col. Bryan Hilferty told reporters Wednesday. It was the second time in as many days that children were reported killed in U.S. assaults.
NEWS
March 19, 2002 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marking the most aggressive and widespread government crackdown over online obscenity, federal investigators on Monday charged more than 89 people--including Little League coaches, eight clergy members, a school bus driver and at least one police officer--with belonging to a 20-state child pornography ring that met and swapped explicit images through Yahoo Inc.
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