Woman's anthrax death puzzles investigators
Investigators sought answers Thursday as to how an elderly Connecticut widow in a quiet New England town contracted inhalation anthrax, which killed her one day before Thanksgiving.
Ottilie Lundgren, 94, became the nation's fifth anthrax fatality since letters laced with the deadly bacteria began turning up in the mail last month. Although authorities have not announced finding any suspicious letter or package in her home, investigators are operating on the premise that the mail may once again be the source of contamination. (Full story)
Authorities sealed off Lundgren's home in this town of about 2,000 people in southwest Connecticut and looked into her background for clues that might help crack the latest chapter in this bioterror mystery. A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted tests throughout her home, seeking clues on how she came in contact with anthrax.
Members of the American Postal Workers Union won't work in any postal facility that isn't completely clear of anthrax or any other form of contamination, the newly installed union president said Thursday. (Full story)
If medical officials had known more about the threat of anthrax in the nation's capital, they could have saved the lives of the two postal workers who died of inhalation anthrax, Washington's chief medical officer said earlier this week. (Full story)
President Bush, meanwhile, announced the U.S. shipment of thousands of tons of food worth more than $5 million to Afghanistan, senior administration officials told CNN. (Full story)
Will a military commission afford suspected terrorists appropriate protection of their civil rights, and are non-U.S. citizens entitled to those rights?
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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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