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


A new week began with caution in the United States on Monday, as U.S. and British military forces continued retaliatory strikes on targets in Afghanistan.

President George W. Bush installed former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge as head of a new Office of Homeland Security, amid anxiety over the threat of more terrorist attacks.

Urging people not "to let terrorism hinder us," New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani refused to bow to fear Monday, marching in the city's annual Columbus Day parade.


Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn in Monday as director of the Office of Homeland Security, taking over a new Cabinet-level position charged with coordinating U.S. efforts to defend against and respond to terrorism.

Ridge -- a former Marine, decorated Vietnam veteran, former congressman and two-term governor of Pennsylvania -- took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House.

"The size and scope of this challenge are immense ... an extraordinary mission. But we will carry it out," Ridge said.(Full story)

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said the city has boosted security in response to the news of the strikes in Afghanistan, but is urging New Yorkers to "go about their normal way of life."(Full story)

U.S. stocks edged lower Monday after retaliatory strikes against targets in Afghanistan raised worries about the length of a war and the prospect of more terrorism. The market finished well off its worst levels of the day. But analysts warned that investors, already hit by plummeting corporate profits, face what could be a difficult fight against an illusive enemy.(Full story)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) is hoping the concern about bioterrorism will help spur creating a new, single agency to ensure everything Americans eat is held to the same safety standards.

"The time couldn't be better to move this forward, because we've now moved our focus from food safety to include food security," said Durbin, who introduced his Safe Food Act last week. "Even if the terrorists were put out of business, a single food-safety agency would be the right way to go." (Full story)

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How have the attacks affected the American way of life? 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: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position. 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: 4,815 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 417 confirmed dead, 366 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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