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April 1, 2002 | JOSH MEYER and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. officials scrambled Sunday for conclusive evidence that they have captured one of Osama bin Laden's top commanders, and began the process of interrogating the man for information about Al Qaeda terrorist plots that may already be underway.
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March 31, 2002 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush presented the war against terrorism in deeply religious terms Saturday, as he marked the Christian Easter and Jewish Passover as a period that tells the world "history is of a moral design." "Justice and cruelty have always been at war, and God is not neutral between them. His purposes are often defied but never defeated," the president said in his weekly radio address, expressing the hope that the holidays will renew faith and bring comfort.
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March 30, 2002 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When FBI and immigration agents arrested Zacarias Moussaoui at his motel in suburban Minneapolis on Aug. 16, they suspected he might be a potential airline hijacker. He wanted to fly "the Big Bird," he'd said. He was in a hurry to learn. And despite more than 50 hours at the controls, he couldn't even solo a single-engine Cessna. But the only direct evidence of his breaking the law were technical violations of his visa. More than seven months later, U.S.
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March 29, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN and MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A top federal health official and several prominent medical experts suggested Thursday that voluntary vaccinations for smallpox may be appropriate, three decades after immunizations stopped in this country. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other researchers said they want to open a national debate on mass inoculation to prepare the nation for an unlikely--but potentially devastating--bioterrorist attack.
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March 26, 2002 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to recognize the voices of their loved ones who died Sept. 11 on United Flight 93, family members have convinced the government to let them hear the cockpit tape of the hijacked plane's last moments, when passengers struggled to seize control of the aircraft.
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March 26, 2002 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's 103 nuclear power reactors are vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack but have taken few safety countermeasures since Sept. 11, even though they have been targeted by Al Qaeda, a congressman alleged in a report released Monday. In the document--which was immediately discounted by the nuclear power industry--Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.
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March 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
As the government waged a "zero tolerance" policy against aviation security lapses after the Sept. 11 attacks, investigators were able to get knives, guns and fake bombs past airport baggage- and passenger-screening checkpoints, a government source said Monday.
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March 19, 2002 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother and mother of accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui said Monday that they were refusing to answer questions from a U.S. prosecutor because the investigation and impending trial of their relative could result in the death penalty. Abd Samad Moussaoui, the brother of the 33-year-old Frenchman suspected of being the "20th hijacker" in the attacks, met Monday with a U.S. prosecutor and an FBI agent in Montpellier in southern France.
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March 19, 2002 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. forces, moving to defang the still potent threat from surviving Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, killed 16 people in an attack on a convoy in southeastern Afghanistan and detained 31 while searching a compound near the southern city of Kandahar, senior military officials said Monday.
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