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New York is pondering the future of the World Trade Center site as it clears the rubble.  


U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta has asked airlines to reinforce the cockpit doors on their aircraft, and directed the Federal Aviation Administration to take any steps necessary to help with the move.

Mineta also announced the creation of a $20 million grant to develop and install new technology for better security aboard aircraft.


The announcements came as Mineta released the findings of two panels of experts who were asked to make security recommendations for airports and aircraft following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The panels said that better screening of passengers and luggage and a better design of cockpit doors are two major priorities. (Full story)

Stiff winds buffeted the World Trade Center wreckage on Saturday and rain began to fall after workers recovered two more bodies from the site.

None of the large cranes at the site was used to move heavy steel beams after midnight, but it was not immediately clear whether the windy weather prompted authorities to suspend crane operations. Crews continued to scoop up debris at ground level. (Full story)

Politicians and celebrities have thronged to the shattered remains of the Trade Center in the 3 1/2 weeks since the terrorist attacks.

When Miss America visited the smoking ruins, she autographed blank body-identification tags for rescue workers. Martha Stewart's visit inspired her to decorate cookies with the American flag. (Full story)

Congress has passed some weighty legislation since the September 11 attacks, designed to bail out the airline industry, support the use of force and revitalize the entire economy.

Lawmakers have also introduced many other bills, which while smaller in scope, have an equally important purpose -- encourage the nation to heal and resume a sense of normality. (Full story)

Trash cans and recycling bins are being removed from certain areas of Washington's Metro subway system as a safety precaution.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said it would no longer allow the waste receptacles between Metrorail fare gates and station platforms, eliminating a possible location for someone to leave a package or device that may cause harm. (Full story)

Greyhound screeches its bus fleet to a halt. A plane explodes over the Black Sea. A Florida man's rare disease raises fears of bioterrorism. Across America, people trying to recover emotionally from the Sept. 11 attacks find new reasons to worry almost daily.

Federal authorities have been sending mixed messages, urging Americans to go about their daily lives while cautioning that more terrorist attacks could occur. The result for some is that fear is compounded by mistrust. (Full story)

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Jolted by the mass deaths of rescuers in New York, firefighters won't be so quick to rush into burning high-rises and will broadly rethink how to protect themselves while trying to save others, fire officials say.

They will review how they confront big fires in high-rises, defend rescuers from secondary terrorist attacks, train for collapse-prone buildings, keep command centers safe, and prepare and equip themselves for chemical and biological weapons. (Full story)


Are security breaches common at U.S. airports? What is the government doing to improve airport safety? Click for more

How is Congress helping out in the recovery process? Click for more

Are children able to grasp the severity of the September 11 attacks? How are they coping? Click for more

Will firefighters take greater precautions in rushing into burning buildings in the aftermath of the attacks? Click for more

How long will it take to reopen the damaged section of the Pentagon? At what cost? Click for more

What will happen to the World Trade Center site? Click for more

What measures will be taken to try to prevent a recurrence of such attacks? Click for more

Will Americans resume air travel at their previous levels? Click for more

How have the attacks affected the American way of life? Click for more

What is President Bush doing to stimulate the economy? Click for more


George W. Bush: U.S. president

Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe. Click for more

Tom Ridge: President Bush's appointee as head of the newly created Cabinet post of Office of Homeland Security, Ridge has been governor of Pennsylvania since 1995. Click for more

Joe Albaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Click here for more.

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click for more

Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary

Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary

Jane Garvey: FAA administrator


The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following totals for the number of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.

WORLD TRADE CENTER: 4,979 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 380 confirmed dead

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 dead or missing

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane


The events of September 11 exposed the vulnerability of the world's greatest superpower, presenting the United States with the challenge of recovering emotionally and physically.

Several industries -- particularly the airline industry and the insurance industry -- have been hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and their progress will be watched closely as a guide to the overall U.S. economic and psychological recovery.


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