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


Vice President Dick Cheney visited New York City Thursday afternoon and received his first look at the World Trade Center site.

The area has changed vastly since President Bush visited three days after the September 11 attacks that destroyed the WTC's twin 110-story skyscrapers. A great deal of debris has been cleared away and nearby buildings, including One Liberty Plaza, are scheduled to reopen soon.

Wall Street remained jittery following anthrax scares at a handful of New York and Washington offices. Wednesday, Bush economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey was downbeat about the short-term economy, predicting the September 11 terrorist attacks would push the U.S. economy into a recession.


Vice President Dick Cheney, who has largely kept a low profile since the September 11 terrorist attacks, returned to the spotlight with a trip to New York Thursday and a look at the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

The site Cheney visited is much transformed since Bush stood atop a rubble pile and encouraged rescue workers three days after two hijacked jets smashed into the twin towers. Workers have removed 349,650 tons of concrete, steel and other rubble. The pile shrinks a little every day. (Full story)

Lawrence Lindsey, President Bush's top economic adviser, said in a speech to a Schwab Capital Markets symposium in Washington that although predictions are hard to make, he expected "small negative growth" for the third quarter and "small negative growth" for the fourth quarter of this year, according to an administration official. The technical definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

Lindsey is the highest-ranking administration official to make such a prediction, but he was not the first senior Bush adviser to do so. (Full story)

U.S. equity markets closed mostly lower Thursday as national safety issues surrounding bioterrorism concerns and weak corporate results put pressure on blue-chip stock investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 index were both down; the Nasdaq composite was up slightly. (Full story)

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President Bush wants any plan to boost the staggering economy to be limited to $75 billion, even as the White House and Senate Republican leaders admit that a $100 billion House GOP plan reflects many top priorities. (Full story)

More flights will fly into and out of Reagan National Airport and tighter security measures will be enacted when the second phase of the reopening of that airport goes into effect October 26, authorities said Thursday. (Full story)

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to check the backgrounds of every employee who has access to secured areas of airports, Administrator Jane Garvey said Wednesday.

Garvey told a National Press Club luncheon that she hoped to have the checks completed within nine months. Around 750,000 employees will be checked. (Full story)

This weekend, dozens of stars including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Tim McGraw, 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys plan to perform at three benefit concerts to raise money for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and raise morale too. (Full story)

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, items carrying the FDNY, as well as NYPD, logos of the New York Fire and Police Departments are being snapped up at street stands and retail locations. (Full story)


What will be the long-range impact on the global airline industry? Click here for more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position Click here for more

Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security Click here for more

Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser Click here for more

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

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here 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: 4,515 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 458 confirmed dead, 408 bodies identified

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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