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Recovery: Trying to 'ensure security' in the air

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Rescue and recovery efforts continue in New York.  


SUMMARY:

New York and Washington, the centers of commerce and government in the United States, are focused on helping survivors and their families and clearing thousands of tons of debris. The entire country is affected as the federal government, the financial markets and the nation's air system work to restore full services.

UPDATE:

Major U.S. carriers announced schedule cutbacks and plans for layoffs in the wake of the attacks. They say they need federal funds to keep functioning.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said the Bush administration will go to Congress quickly with a financial aid package to "ensure the security, the safety and the stability of the airline industry."

All U.S. airports -- except for Reagan Washington National Airport -- have reopened under heightened security measures, but travel is much lighter than usual across the country.

U.S. stocks fell anew Tuesday as economic ripples from last week's attacks spooked investors for a second day, pushing the major indexes closer to three-year lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 17.30 points, or 0.20 percent, to 8,903.40, its lowest close since December 1998. The Nasdaq composite index shed 24.47, or 1.6 percent, to 1,555.08, its worst finish since October 1998.

New York's Office of Emergency Management is assessing the structural damage to buildings around the collapsed World Trade Center complex.

The Pentagon plans on augmenting security with U.S. military troops, defense officials said.


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Impact

The White House and Congress have agreed on a $40 billion emergency aid package. About half of the money will go toward domestic humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts. The rest of it will go toward intelligence, law enforcement agencies and improved security for transportation systems. President Bush plans to activate as many as 50,000 members of the National Guard to help with recovery and security.

KEY QUESTIONS:

How long will it take to pick up the pieces in New York and Washington and return to some degree of normalcy?

How has the fabric of New York, Washington and the country as a whole been altered?

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

How will these measures affect the American way of life?

What effect will the attacks have on the economy?

What will be the global effect?

IMPACT:

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.







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