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US plans to build experiemental bomb { July 17 2004 }

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U.S. plans to build experimental bomb

The United States plans to develop an experimental 30,000-pound bomb, the biggest in its inventory, aimed at destroying deeply buried targets beyond the reach of existing bombs, the Air Force said yesterday.

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, would be about one-third heavier than the 21,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, MOAB, dropped twice last year in tests at a range in Florida.

Among companies that have built ground-penetrating bombs are three of the top U.S. defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon. Proposals are due by Aug. 16, the armaments center said.


Nursing-home fire safety found lacking

Fire safety problems at nursing homes are widespread and government oversight is lacking, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Nearly 60 percent of all nursing homes in the United States were cited for fire safety deficiencies during their most recent inspections, according to the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm.

Weaknesses in federal fire safety standards are especially pronounced in the 20 to 30 percent of nursing homes that lack sprinkler systems, GAO said.

Also ...

Baltimore sued CSX Corp. yesterday for $10 million, charging the company was responsible for a train derailment and five-day fire in a tunnel that paralyzed parts of downtown for several days in 2001.

Police in New Haven, Conn., have made arrests in a series of random shootings that injured five men. The New Haven Register reported on its Web site that police arrested two men, 18 and 20, on five counts of assault, plus car theft and firearms charges.

Pacific Gas & Electric said yesterday it had lost track of three pieces of spent nuclear fuel it last used in the late 1960s. The utility said there was no threat to public safety.

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