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2006-01-05 18:53:07

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Jose Padilla, an "enemy combatant" held in U.S. military custody for more than three years, made a brief court appearance in Miami on Thursday after being moved to Florida under heavy security to face criminal charges. The hearing came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Bush administration to transfer Padilla, who was originally accused by U.S. officials of plotting with al Qaeda to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the...

2005-12-21 18:15:31

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration, a U.S. appeals court refused on Wednesday to transfer "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to federal authorities in Florida until the Supreme Court considered his case. The court said bringing criminal charges against Padilla in Florida after he had been held by the U.S. military for more than three years created the appearance the government may be attempting to avoid high...

2005-12-20 11:24:08

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after September 11, the Bush administration has claimed some legal victories in its war on terrorism, but critics say there have been few major convictions and not a single trial of anyone caught trying to carry out an attack. In a media blitz over the past few weeks to build support for renewal of parts of the Patriot Act -- passed after September 11, to expand authority of the federal government to track down terrorism suspects...

2005-12-17 04:19:01

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Investigators have found nuclear contamination tens of thousands of times above safe levels on the premises of a ruined factory in Russia's Chechnya, officials said on Saturday. It was not clear why the radioactive source had been kept in the factory, but prosecutors said it posed a severe threat to anyone who came near to it. "This is above all now a threat to the population, because the leadership and officials of the firm did not take the necessary...

2005-11-22 13:34:17

By Caroline Drees and Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held in a South Carolina military brig for more than three years, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and aid terrorists, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday. The 11-count federal indictment, which included four other suspects, was returned by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Miami. "The defendants, along with other individuals, operated...

2005-11-22 11:15:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held in a South Carolina military brig for more than three years, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and aid terrorists, a federal indictment showed on Tuesday. The 11-count indictment against Padilla, which also included four other suspects, was returned by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court in Miami. "The defendants, along with other individuals, operated and participated in a North...

2005-08-29 04:50:16

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian nuclear experts raised concerns on Monday that unsecured sources of radioactive waste in medical centers in Southeast Asia could be used by militants to build a "dirty bomb." Experts from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), who have checked radioactive waste in Southeast Asia for the past year, said cobalt was found unsecured in two countries after radiation therapy centers closed. "This is all to do...

2005-06-21 22:20:00

Existing monitors for detecting smuggled nuclear weapons components at U.S. ports are "an important first step," AAAS expert Benn Tannenbaum told policymakers at a 21 June hearing before U.S. policymakers. But, he added, "More needs to be done to protect the United States from smuggled nuclear weapons" because current portal monitors probably could not detect even a few kilograms of highly enriched uranium, even if only lightly shielded. Tannenbaum, a senior program associate with the AAAS...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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