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The CIA paramilitary officer who became the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan was buried Monday with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A memorial service also was held for three U.S. soldiers killed last week by an errant U.S. bomb in Afghanistan.

President Bush is asking radio stations across the United States to take part in a musical tribute to mark the three-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, was marked Sunday at Ground Zero as a young girl whose father died in the World Trade Center attacks lit a candle on an 8-foot-tall menorah.

Americans are remembering the events of September 11 and their impact on the country in other ways as well. Patriotic ornaments and greeting cards are selling out, and merchants across the United States are putting flags next to holiday decorations.

On the anthrax front, sources said Monday that tests on a letter sent to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, confirm the presence of anthrax and that its potent grade matches that found in a letter mailed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota.


Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann, who was killed November 25 during a Taliban prison uprising in northern Afghanistan, was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. (Full story)

Three U.S. casualties of friendly fire -- Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis, 39, of Watauga, Tennessee; Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, of Frazier Park, California; and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, Massachusetts -- were remembered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they had been stationed. Petithory's body was expected to arrive in the United States on Monday.

President Bush has asked all radio stations to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" Tuesday to mark the three-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks, according to Variety. (Full story)

Near the rubble of the World Trade Center, 18-month-old Laura Lehrfeld lit the first candle of a menorah. A similar ceremony will take place each of the next seven nights of Hanukkah. Laura's father, Eric Lehrfeld, was at a breakfast conference at the top of Tower 1 when by a hijacked airliner struck the building.

From a Christmas tree at the site to the 81-foot spruce in New York's Rockefeller Center to homes, shops and offices across the country, the red and green of Christmas have been joined this year by white and blue.

"People are wrapping their presents in it, decorating their homes," said Deidre Parkes, spokeswoman for Hallmark Cards Inc. "You're just going to see a lot of red, white and blue this holiday season."

New York merchants who have also been pummeled by the overall consumer spending slowdown are turning more to residents of the city's five boroughs who are expected to spend the holiday season close to home. And they're courting daytrippers from suburbs including New Jersey and Connecticut.

Meanwhile in the anthrax investigation, test results on the Leahy letter confirm what investigators had been expecting and what preliminary tests had indicated. Sources said the letter and envelope have been transferred to labs at FBI headquarters for further analysis following their decontamination at a U.S. military lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Full story)

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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, the death toll is 3,045. That figure includes 2,563 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 487 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.


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