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From Connecticut to Florida, efforts to track and clean up the trail of anthrax sent through the mail are taking a new turn. Cleanup crews were to fumigate the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, with chlorine dioxide gas in an attempt to kill all traces of the deadly bacteria.


It will be the first time ever such a process has been attempted to rid such a large space of anthrax, and Environmental Protection Agency officials are hoping that if it's successful, it will be a model for future cleanup.

The streets surrounding the Senate Hart Building where a Daschle staffer opened an anthrax-laden letter more than six weeks ago were blocked off Friday afternoon.

Elsewhere, an envelope sent to a home in Seymour, Connecticut -- near a community where a 94-year-old woman died of inhalation anthrax under mysterious circumstances -- has tested positive for a "tiny," trace amount of anthrax, Gov. John Rowland said Friday.

Authorities believe the envelope may have been cross-contaminated after coming in contact with one of two anthrax-laced letters sent to Senate offices after being postmarked in Trenton, New Jersey. A single spore was found on the Connecticut envelope. (Full story)

The nation's largest airport security company will leave Boston's Logan International Airport in two weeks, under the terms of an agreement reached Friday. Argenbright Security has been criticized for several security breaches, including two instances in which Argenbright employees left their stations unattended. (Full story)

In the wake of news that annual federal deficits will be a feature of the economy of the United States until 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives has limited its antiterrorism package to $20 billion and approved the measure, leaving the bill to the Senate's consideration. (Full story)

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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 numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.

WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, 3,380 people are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; and 460 bodies have been identified.

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane


The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.

While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.

While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.

Those who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks are a little closer to getting compensated from a special federal fund now that someone has been appointed to determine the size of individual awards.


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