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SUMMARY:

Red Cross President Bernadine Healy told reporters Friday she's stepping down from her post because "I had no choice."

"I think there were some differences of opinion," Healy said, adding: "I think the board felt I was out ahead of them in some ways."

Meanwhile, President Bush on Friday signed into law a sweeping new anti-terrorism bill and the Justice Department says federal agents are ready to immediately implement their expanded authority.

UPDATE:

As Healy spoke with reporters, the board chairman arrived and denied the Red Cross chief was asked to step down. David McLaughlin, who joined in the exchange with reporters, said the board "did not ask Dr. Healy to leave."

Healy, 57, is the former director of the National Institutes of Health and a medical consultant to CBS News. Her last day will be December 31. (Full story)

Hailing "new tools" to fight terrorism, President Bush signed into law Friday a measure that grants federal authorities expanded surveillance and intelligence-gathering powers.

The bill, crafted in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks, was passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress Thursday. (Full story)

The second phase of Reagan National Airport's gradual return to a normal flight load began Friday, with the airport expected to see about 100 flights added to its daily schedule immediately, and another 200 in coming weeks.

Shut down with the rest of the nation's airports after the September 11 terror attacks, Reagan National did not reopen until October 4, making it the last U.S. airport to resume takeoffs and landings. The first phase opened the airport for eight destinations, serviced by six airlines. (Full story)


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Logan Airport, where hijackers boarded the airliners that brought down the World Trade Center, will become one of the first airports in the United States to install controversial face-recognition technology.

Computers will scan the faces of travelers and others who pass through checkpoints, and compare them with the facial features of suspected terrorists in a law enforcement database.

Weeks after the World Trade Center was destroyed, the fires still burn. The blazes that started after two jetliners struck the twin towers continue to smolder under the heap of debris, with thousand-degree heat in some spots.

"Until it runs out of fuel or until you can get to it to put water on it, it will continue to burn," said Arthur Cote, senior vice president and chief engineer with the National Fire Protection Association.

Responding to President Bush's call for children in the United States to send money to help Afghan children, the American Red Cross has received over $580,000, the White House said.

In his first prime time press conference October 11, the president asked that "every child in America ... earn or give a dollar that will be used to provide food and medical help for the children of Afghanistan." (Full story)

The September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent disruption of airline travel have officials taking another look at an older form of transportation: rail travel.

The attacks have increased already-growing support in Congress for rail projects that can serve as an alternative to air travel -- and not a moment too soon, said Ron Diridon, who is trying to keep a fledgling high-speed train project alive in a cash-strapped state.

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.

KEY QUESTIONS:

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

WHO'S WHO:

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

VICTIMS:

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: 4,339 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes. Of the 473 people whose remains have been recovered, 422 have been identified.

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 dead or missing

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane

IMPACT:

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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