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Victims: 'Very, very small' hope for more survivors

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Ling Young says she is
Ling Young says she is "very fortunate" to be alive because she lost all of her co-workers in the World Trade Center except for her best friend.  


The rescue effort at New York's World Trade Center continues, although Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has said the chances of finding more survivors is "very, very small."

The number of confirmed dead and those reported missing from the September 11 attacks is more than 5,500.


Giuliani said a memorial will be held for the victims at the Bronx stadium on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, New York state officials said they were working on an agreement to expedite the issuing of death certificates, to give families of those who died quicker access to insurance and other benefits.

In the World Trade Center attacks, 5,422 people have been reported missing but only 233 bodies have been recovered and 170 of them identified. Rescuers continue to sift through thousands of tons of debris for more possible survivors as hope fades.

The Senate is considering posthumously honoring the passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93 with a Congressional Gold Medal for taking "heroic and noble action" before the hijacked aircraft crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

A total of 266 passengers and crew perished on the four planes that were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in southwest Pennsylvania.

The death toll at the Pentagon is 125, in addition to the 64 people who perished on the plane.

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How many of the injured can expect to make a full recovery?

Will any more survivors be rescued from the World Trade Center debris?

How long will it take for relatives to receive confirmation of the fate of the missing?

How many of the remains pulled from the rubble can be positively identified?

How will the injured and families of those who died be compensated?


The immense human suffering, combined with the destruction of American symbols of power and strength, mark September 11 as a day of infamy permanently seared into the national psyche.

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