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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 Norman Mineta said Monday the nation's transportation system is "safe" and "secure," even though he conceded it remained vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Earlier Monday, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a passionate speech to the U.N. General Assembly, urging member nations to act together against terrorism.


Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to speak to the American Public Transportation Association on Monday. He rode Amtrak to show his support for the nation's railways.

Speaking with the news media on the train ride from Washington, Mineta said transportation security has been increased in the wake of the attacks, stressing that he believes it is safe to fly as well as ride the nation's trains.(Full story)

Among new security measures expected at airports in the war against terrorism is the technology of face recognition, aviation industry officials say.(Full story)

In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington "a direct assault on the founding principles of the U.N. itself."

He urged members to "ostracize" any nation that engaged in terrorism, and told the body to be forceful. "This is not a time for further study or vague directives," Giuliani said. "The evidence of terrorism, brutality and inhumanity, is lying beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center less than two miles from where we meet today."(Full story)

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New York Gov. George Pataki guided more than 100 members of Congress around the ruins of the World Trade Center on Monday, thanking them for the federal aid they approved shortly after the September 11 attacks.

Stocks finished slightly lower Monday with the Nasdaq composite closing down about 20 points and the Dow Jones industrial average off 10 points as investors waited for clear catalysts to start buying.

Investors will look to Tuesday's Federal Reserve Board meeting to determine the direciton of interest rates. The Fed is expected to reduce rates by at least one-quarter percentage point, if not a half-percentage point. (Full story)


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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? Click for more

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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 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 city said the number of people reported missing by family members is 4,657. The police department reports 5,219 people missing, a number compiled from six separate sources, which means there will likely be redundancies. Officials say 344 people have been confirmed dead from the September 11 attacks.


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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