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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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March 15, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush said Thursday that he will seek $5 billion over three years in new assistance to developing nations, but to qualify the countries must root out corruption, demonstrate support for human rights and promote democratic and economic reforms. He also linked his aid proposal to the war on terrorism, asserting that poverty and misery can lead to hopelessness and despair--conditions that he said can help breed terrorism.
NEWS
March 15, 2002 | GEOFFREY MOHAN and JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S.-led Operation Anaconda has failed to produce any top Al Qaeda leaders, and an American commander said Thursday that the terrorist network's upper echelon might not have been in the Shahi Kot valley when the battle began. But even without apparently capturing its ultimate quarry--terrorist leader Osama bin Laden--the biggest U.S.
NEWS
March 14, 2002 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shattered and empty, the mud-brick houses shone blood red in the sunlight. Beyond the village, a small truck sat twisted, black and bullet-riddled. On a hillside, two corpses of enemy fighters lay next to a clothing heap that was in fact the torso of a third--mute testament to the brutality of the battle. For U.S. and Afghan forces, who had waged an intense campaign to clear this mountain redoubt of Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, it was a day to savor and declare victory.
NEWS
March 14, 2002 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Wednesday defended a politically charged Pentagon proposal to create new types of nuclear weapons and expand the nation's list of potential nuclear targets, saying that a commander in chief "must have all options available." Bush backed the notion of a more flexible nuclear arsenal, suggesting that it is critical to deterring post-Cold War threats to the United States and its allies, even as he said his administration remains committed to nuclear arms reduction.
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