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Recovery: Victims identified through DNA

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


Medical officials have identified the first victims from the World Trade Center attacks based solely on DNA matches, a process that has involved toothbrushes, hairbrushes and other belongings of those lost in the wreckage.

Eight people were identified after DNA evidence was compared with samples gathered from victims' families after the September 11 attacks, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said.

Meanwhile, officials continue to deal with questions and concerns regarding anthrax scares and other threats of terrorism. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is holding an Emergency, Safety and Security Summit Wednesday and Thursday to discuss anti-terrorism efforts and security in America's cities, with mayors, police chiefs, fire chiefs, and emergency management officials from across the country.


Giuliani is urging more relatives to submit DNA samples, which city officials say eventually will dominate the identification process, a 24-hour operation coordinated by the city medical examiner's office. Hundreds of remains arrive at the office daily, each in a separate bag with its own number. (Full story)

The House gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a compromise anti-terrorism bill giving police new power to secretly search the homes of terrorism suspects, tap all their phones and track their use of the Internet.

The bill passed 357-66. It was to be taken up by the Senate later in the day or Thursday with the idea of getting it to President Bush for a possible Friday signing at the White House. (Full story)

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The Nasdaq composite index rose to a seven-week high late Wednesday afternoon after promising forecasts in the wireless and software sectors gave investors reason to bet that profits at technology companies will rebound next year. A 14 percent slide in Eastman Kodak weighed on the Dow Jones industrial average, which had declined slightly by early afternoon. (Full story)

Like so many other U.S. cities, Dearborn, Michigan is full of flags and sadness. But the grief in this hometown of Henry Ford has taken on deeper resonance. Dearborn is also the home to a large Arab-American population. One in four adults in this city of 91,000 is Arab-American; 58 percent of the children are Arab-American.

And these citizens find themselves victimized in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Full story)

Many Muslims and Jews at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts have been breaking bread at a unique college dining hall that opened two days after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A main topic of conversation has been the tenets of Islam and how it differs from the hateful dogma preached by Osama bin Laden. (Full story)

Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, people who live near nuclear plants have been buying potassium iodide pills, which can help protect against cancer from radiation exposure. They're concerned about a terrorist attack.

"The terrorist doesn't make an announcement ahead of time, 'We are going to attack the nuclear power plant,' " said a Duxbury, Massachusetts, resident who lives seven miles from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. (Full story)

Whether it's a deliberate attack, as with anthrax, or the outbreak of a slow and silent killer such as HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the forefront of America's defense.

In its extensive Atlanta headquarters, the CDC investigates thousands of reports from doctors and epidemiologists, always on the lookout for emerging diseases. (Full story)

Prince Albert of Monaco gave New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani a check Tuesday for $710,000 to be contributed to the Twin Towers Relief Fund.

"Today, I'm here to express on behalf of my father, my family, and the principality of Monaco, my sorrow and sympathy to the people of New York and to the American people for the September 11 tragedy," Prince Albert said at a press conference after a courtesy meeting with the mayor at City Hall. (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 people going to celebrate Halloween this year? (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

Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Click here for more

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here for more

Michael Bloomberg: Republican candidate for mayor of New York
Mark Green: Democratic candidate for mayor of New York
The New York mayoral election is November 6, and the winner of the election will begin a four-year term at the beginning of 2002.

Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington

Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia

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: 4,415 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 473 bodies recovered, 422 of which have been 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.

The U.S. economy, threatened by recession before September 11, has suffered a number of blows in the weeks since. Several industries -- particularly the airline industry -- were hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and leading economic indicators dropped in September. Yet the nation's financial markets have thus far weathered the uncertainty, making up losses experienced in the days after reopening.

Incidents of anthrax found in mail have frightened many, and the notable increase of security at offices and public places indicates America to be a warier, more cautious place. But daily life has not been put on hold: People are still attending entertainment events, going to ballgames, and getting out. Psychologically, the country appears to be finding its way.


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