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Rescue and recovery efforts continue in New York.  


The United States continued to ease back into routine on Sunday. The National Football League returned with a slate of games, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani asked New Yorkers to "get back to enjoying your lives," and -- perhaps most symbolically -- American flags at government offices were once again raised to full staff.

In New York, rescuers digging deep inside the rubble of the World Trade Center complex hoped to reach air pockets that conceivably contain survivors. It has been almost two weeks since the attack, however, and they did not want to raise hopes too high.


Top congressional leaders, including House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, agreed Sunday the federal government might have to take over airport security nationwide to reassure Americans that air travel is safe.

""We have to work out who pays for what part of it," said Gephardt. "But I think we must convince the American people very quickly that it's safe to go to airports and to get on airplanes and fly as we did before September 11, and I think the federal government has the central responsibility to do that." (Full story)

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On CNN Sunday, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani reiterated his advice from Saturday: Return to your normal routines.

"If we feel afraid, the way to deal with our fear is to do the things we normally do anyway," he told CNN before an interfaith prayer service Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

"People should be going to plays and they should be going to movies and going to school and going to work and doing the things they normally do." (Full story)

The National Football League led off its slate of games Sunday with patriotic displays at several stadiums. The Dallas Cowboys secondary ran onto the field carrying the Stars and Stripes. Rain-soaked fans in Chicago waved the mini American flags they received as they entered Soldier Field.

"You have to have a life," said Atlanta Falcons fan Ginny Wehunt, who had a black team logo spray-painted on one cheek and a red, white and blue "USA" on the other. "You can't just stay at home and live in fear." (Full story)

The Super Bowl probably will be delayed a week and could remain in New Orleans even under that schedule change, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday.

Traders will return to Wall Street this week with the cold comfort that things cannot get too much worse.

Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst week since the Great Depression and its fourth-worst week of all time, dropping a record 1,369.70 points, or 14.26 percent, to finish at 8,235.81.

"As horrendous as it looks, I'm beginning to feel we're not that far from a bottom," David Blitzer, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor's, told CNNfn's "Street Sweep" program. (Full story)

NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" will respond to the East Coast terrorist attacks with a special episode written by series creator Aaron Sorkin, the network said Friday.

Production on the episode, titled "Isaac and Ishmael," has begun and post-production will be hurried to make the October 3 broadcast (9 p.m. EDT), NBC said. (Full story)


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?

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How will these measures affect the American way of life?

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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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