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Amid concerns that the fight against terrorism could lead to disruption of global oil shipments, President Bush has ordered an expansion of the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve.

The reserve is the nation's emergency oil supply. The move takes advantage of low oil prices, which have fallen since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and reacts to concerns that the military campaign in Afghanistan could affect global oil supplies.

Eight mail facilities at Howard University in Washington were closed for cleaning Tuesday after the school's main mailroom tested positive for trace amounts of anthrax, according to a university spokeswoman. This is the first known case of anthrax contamination at a non-governmental facility in the Washington area. Howard receives mail from the same U.S. Postal Service facility that has also tested positive for anthrax.

On Monday, traces of anthrax were found in two more Senate offices in the Hart Senate Office Building, the location where an anthrax-laced letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, one month ago.

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The FBI has responded to more than 2,500 bogus anthrax threats -- although some false alarms had been reported by people who had legitimate reason to be worried.

The FBI said as many as 200 clinics that provide abortion services -- including Planned Parenthood affiliates -- received mail that did not contain anthrax, as the senders claimed.

The National Abortion Federation said the packages were signed from "The Army of God," which it called a domestic terrorist group.


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What measures will be taken to try to prevent a recurrence of such attacks? Click here for more

What are tips to know in the wake of the 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: Mayor-elect of New York

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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