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Recovery: Live life, but 'be alert,' says Ridge

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


Following up on the alert Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Monday afternoon, warning of a "credible" threat of terrorist action in the coming days, Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge said Tuesday morning Americans should be on guard, but "continue to live your lives."

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced heightened security throughout the nation's transportation infrastructure, ordering federal authorities to crack down on weaknesses in the system.

Wall Street took a big hit in Tuesday trading, as the October Consumer Confidence Index, a key economic indicator, came in at a far lower number than expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 150 points after losing about 270 points Monday.


The security alert issued Monday was a "reiteration" of the alert issued to law enforcement agencies October 11, Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said Tuesday, and it should be taken seriously but should not stop people from living normal lives.

"America has to continue to be America," he said. "All we're saying with a general alert is to continue to live your lives, continue to be American, but be alert, be on guard."

Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Monday that intelligence sources had gathered "credible" information that more terror attacks could be launched on the United States in the next few days. (Full story)

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has ordered federal security officials to crack down on "unacceptable" screening failures at the nation's airports.

"I want confidence restored in the screening system, and the way to accomplish that under the current system is to show that when people fail to meet the current standards, there's going to be a sting," Mineta said Tuesday at the National Transportation Security Summit. (Full story)

Despite a "credible" threat of more terror attacks in the United States over the next few days, President Bush plans to be at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night for Game 3 of the World Series, Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge told CNN.

White House officials said that Bush still plans to throw out the first pitch in the game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks, despite a security alert issued by the Justice Department. (Full story)

Killing people wasn't No. 1 on his list as Ken Alibek reeled off the goals of biological warfare. It was inciting panic and fear, the former Soviet biological weapons expert told members of the U.S. House of Representatives this month, followed by "paralyzing the nation."

But no matter how destructive the weapons, spreading anxiety on a massive scale is extraordinarily tough to achieve, experts say. (Full story)

Stocks tumbled for a second straight session Tuesday as plunging consumer confidence, weak profits and terrorism fears sent the Dow about 150 points lower while the Nasdaq closed down about 35 points. (Full story)

The American Red Cross, under heavy criticism for its handling of fundraising since September 11, announced Tuesday that it is ceasing "active solicitations" of donations to its special Liberty Fund, which had raised over $500 million since the attacks.

The Red Cross said it has engaged KPMG to audit the Liberty Fund, "with results to be made public later this year." (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: 4,167 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes. Of the 506 people whose remains have been recovered, 454 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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