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January 18, 2002 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Closer inspection for bombs hidden in baggage--the first step in building a new aviation security system--begins across the nation today, but the next big deadline facing the government is even more daunting. By the end of the year, 429 airports with regularly scheduled airline service must install machines to detect explosives that would make baggage screening much more secure than the temporary measures announced this week.
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January 17, 2002 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a federal fund to compensate relatives of the Sept. 11 dead was announced shortly before Christmas, the average award size--$1.6 million--seemed generous enough to take care of the people left behind. But now that they've read the fine print and done the math, many families--and the lawyers, financial advisors and politicians who serve them--are considerably less satisfied.
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January 10, 2002 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Critics of the nation's often-embattled immigration system were quick to condemn it after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The White House swiftly shelved controversial proposals for an amnesty for illegal immigrants from Mexico. And federal authorities made it easier to detain multitudes of noncitizens.
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January 10, 2002 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cells are boxes of chain-link fence with concrete floors and thick-planked wood roofs. The beds are mats on the floor. The jailers are gun-toting infantrymen, military police with attack-trained German shepherds and artillerymen in Humvees. And the inmates are "the worst of the worst," said the prison's commander--the toughest of the Al Qaeda and Taliban members currently held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
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January 9, 2002 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the hunt for Al Qaeda leaders expands beyond Afghanistan, authorities confirmed Tuesday that they are pursuing one man as intensely as Osama bin Laden himself--an elusive Palestinian who they believe has been entrusted with keeping the terrorist organization's global network of cells alive and operational.
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January 7, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For all the focus on Afghanistan, the U.S.-led war on terrorism has quietly picked up pace worldwide, with increasing results even in problem areas ranging from Sudan in Africa and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula to the Philippines in Southeast Asia, according to U.S. officials. The United States has tangible evidence that terrorist attacks outside Afghanistan have been disrupted, delayed or prevented by the four-month global effort, the officials say. Often with U.S.
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January 6, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Few presidents have faced such a radical shift in circumstances so soon after taking office as George W. Bush. Elected while the nation was still luxuriating in peace and prosperity, Bush has been forced to grapple with recession and a devastating foreign attack on the American mainland. As a candidate, Bush focused on domestic issues--cutting taxes, reforming education, bolstering religious charities.
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January 6, 2002 | KIM MURPHY and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It didn't matter what it was, his buddies said, Nate Chapman wanted to be there. Lending a hand. Doing the hard stuff. "There's a couple times where he'd be halfway dressed, running down the hallway, trying to catch up. You know, he never wanted to be left behind, he always wanted to be right there, willing to help and give a hand," Sgt. 1st Class William Pence said Saturday, fighting back tears as he recalled his Army comrade of 14 years, Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, the first U.S.
NEWS
January 5, 2002 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for the only man charged in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks urged a federal judge Friday to televise his trial, saying it would provide "an additional layer" of fairness to the proceeding. Zacarias Moussaoui's team of public defenders filed the motion in support of an application by Court TV, which is seeking to broadcast the trial, set to begin in October.
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January 5, 2002 | PAUL RICHTER and ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier was killed Friday in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, becoming the first U.S. service member slain by enemy action in three months of warfare, Pentagon officials said. The Green Beret was identified as Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, the Pentagon said. He was ambushed while on a mission with allied Afghan fighters near Khowst, where Al Qaeda fighters have congregated, officials said.
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