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


The pregnant widow of a passenger who fought back against hijackers on Sept. 11 boarded the same Newark-to-San Francisco flight Friday to make a statement against fear.

Lisa Beamer flew on United's newly renamed Flight 81 from Newark International Airport, heading to San Francisco, to meet some of the business associates her husband was on his way to visit.


Her husband, Todd, 32, was one of several passengers aboard United Flight 93 who made phone calls to relatives or authorities, alerting them that a hijacking was taking place and making plans to fight back. He ended his conversation with a GTE operator by dropping his phone and saying, "Let's roll." (Full story)

New York is known as the city that never sleeps. But fewer visitors are spending their nights in Manhattan since the Sept. 11 attacks and hotel industry experts don't see things improving any time soon.

Thousands of busboys, maids and desk clerks who lost their jobs in the rubble of the World Trade Center are still out of work as the economic slowdown and fear of further attacks have depressed the Big Apple's hotels and restaurants. Hotels and restaurants are losing millions of dollars per day. (Full story)

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Airport workers who screen passengers and baggage are suddenly seeing wages rise by as much as 50 percent as airlines and security firms try to curb notoriously high turnover and attract new employees.

With a huge push to improve airport security in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, there is a growing demand for such workers and an added emphasis on finding better qualified ones. (Full story)

A controversial Austrian politician has offered free European excursions to dependent children of World Trade Center victims to help them recuperate from the tragedy, officials said.

The offer came from Joerg Haider, the rightist governor of Carinthia province, who has come under fire at home and abroad for opposing foreign migration to Austria, particularly from southern and Eastern Europe. (Full story)

Mesa Air Group Inc. said it would begin training its pilots to carry and use non-lethal stun guns in the cockpit in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airline said it would use Taser brand stun guns, which fire a connected projectile up to 15 feet away. It administers a high voltage shock to the target, who can be left in a dazed mental state. (Full story)

Some students at Stuyvesant High School near the World Trade Center wreckage are worried that the still-smoldering debris has been making them and their teachers ill.

About 80 of the school's 3,200 students and teachers have complained about headaches, nausea, sore throats and trouble breathing. Several students were wearing respirator masks at school. (Full story)

The "No Vacancy" sign is flashing again at Las Vegas Strip resorts on Saturday nights, but industry experts say this tourism-dependent city still faces a long road to recovery.

Las Vegas has been suffering from a severe tourism slowdown since the September 11 terrorist attacks. An estimated 15,000 workers have lost their jobs since the attacks, and some experts say the city's economy might continue to struggle for months. (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)


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 Click here for more.

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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