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


Concerned that the U.S. Capitol Police force is stretched thin by weeks of heightened security, congressional leaders and the U.S. Capitol Police Board have decided that National Guard military police will begin patrolling the Capitol beginning next week.

About 100 to 110 uniformed and armed guardsmen, wearing "MP" arm bands, will patrol the perimeter of the Capitol, working three daily shifts of 33 to 35 guardsmen per shift.


The assignment is temporary, and leadership will reassess every two weeks if the military patrols are still required, basing their decisions on the changing security climate, House Administration Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Ney said.

"There won't be Humvees on the plaza" in front of the Capitol, Ney said. But there might be "a couple" of troops seen on the Capitol grounds at any given time, he said. (Full story)

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The Manhattan district attorney filed charges early Saturday against 10 people arrested when a protest by New York firefighters rallying against the city's scaled-back World Trade Center recovery effort turned violent Friday. (Full story)

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned flights near the ballpark where the World Series will take place Saturday night, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The directive prohibits aircraft that are flying according to visual flight rules from being under 18,000 feet within 25 nautical miles of the Phoenix Vortac. (Full story)

Among the thousands who died September 11 at the World Trade Center were many illegal aliens, whose families face serious obstacles in obtaining relief from charities. The seemingly endless paperwork that must be filled out to receive aid is particularly hard for the relatives of victims who did not have official documentation that they worked in the twin towers or even in New York. (Full story)

High-rise office towers across the nation, especially those with public areas such as restaurants, stores and observation decks, have become security headaches for building managers and security personnel trying to monitor access. (Full story)

Just 500 feet from where the World Trade Center once stood is New York's Police Memorial Wall, a 4-year-old memorial etched with the names of all the police officers killed in the line of duty. In the weeks since the terrorist attacks brought down the World Trade Center, letters, poems and mementoes have turned the stark wall into a shrine. (Full story)

A U.S. Senate subcommittee has begun to grapple with the traumatic effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the anthrax crisis on the nation's children. "Twenty percent of our population is made up of children, yet children are 100 percent of our future," said Senator Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, who chairs the Subcommittee on Children and Families. (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

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: According to New York City officials, 3,962 are missing, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 490 bodies 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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