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November 6, 2013
  Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004,   Al Jazeera  channel reported Wednesday. The Qatar-based broadcaster said it had obtained exclusive access to the  108-page report  of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which it posted on its website. Examination of bone fragments, decomposed tissue and body fluids taken from Arafat's remains at his West Bank tomb a year ago found at least 18 times the normal level of polonium, the Swiss scientists reported.
September 5, 1986 | Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it wants to bring radon, a radioactive gas believed to kill thousands of people every year, under its drinking water purity regulations.
October 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eve Curie Labouisse, 102, a journalist who wrote a best-selling biography of her mother, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, died Monday at her Manhattan apartment, said her stepdaughter, Anne L. Peretz. Labouisse's book "Madame Curie," published in 1937, chronicled her mother's life from her birth in Poland and education in France to her discovery -- with her husband Pierre Curie -- of the radioactive elements radium and polonium.
December 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former Russian Prime Minister Yegor T. Gaidar was released from the hospital Monday following a mysterious illness that raised suspicions of another poisoning after a former KGB agent died in London of radiation poisoning. Gaidar, a 50-year-old economist and leader of a Russian liberal opposition party, fell ill at a conference outside Dublin, Ireland, a day after former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died of poisoning by the radioactive isotope polonium-210.
November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are still months away, but they have already helped thaw chilly relations between Russia and Great Britain. The Federal Security Service of Russia has met with British intelligence to discuss safeguarding the Games, according to the RIA Novosti news agency . Russia and Britain had been at odds since Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 while drinking tea at...
December 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An Italian who met with an ex-KGB agent around the time that radiation made the Russian fatally ill was arrested Sunday on charges of international arms trafficking and slander, the Italian man's father said. The accusations against Mario Scaramella were not believed to be directly related to the investigation into the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko. Scaramella, the first person connected to the poisoning case to be arrested, met Litvinenko at a London sushi bar Nov.
May 23, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
A millionaire businessman who once worked in the Russian secret services has been accused in connection with the radiation poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, opening the door to a chilly new diplomatic standoff between Britain and Russia. British authorities said Tuesday that they would seek to extradite Andrei Lugovoy, a former elite KGB agent, and charge him with murder.
December 9, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
One night a little over a year ago, Derek Conlon showed up as usual for his gig as the piano player at the Pine Bar in Mayfair. Sat down at one of the tables for a cup of coffee. Chatted with the barman, stretched, strolled over and started tickling the keys. That cup of coffee has given him countless sleepless nights since.
October 20, 2013 | By Robert N. Proctor
We're quietly approaching the 100th anniversary of the modern cigarette, but don't expect much in the way of fanfare. Cigarette sales have been falling since 1981, when 630 billion were smoked in the United States. Now we smoke only about 300 billion in any given year, mostly in the style of the "American blend" introduced by Camels. Camels were first sold in October 1913. Only 1 million were sold that first year, but this quickly grew to 425 million in 1914 and to 6.5 billion two years later.
June 20, 2008 | Gary Goldstein, Robert Abele
If Adrian Lyne directed a racy Lifetime movie, then asked Danielle Steel what to call it, you'd pretty much have "Never Forever," a sudsy chamber piece that's engrossing despite its many plot holes and contrivances. The film's chief calling card is star Vera Farmiga ("Down to the Bone," "Breaking and Entering"). Her Sophie Lee is a buttoned-up suburban housewife whose inability to conceive with her sterile, Korean American lawyer husband, Andrew (David L.
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