World Trade Center fires finally put out
More than three months after two hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers, firefighters Wednesday extinguished the fires in the rubble now known as Ground Zero.
Blimps and traffic helicopters are expected to be seen again in the skies above 30 metropolitan areas. The Federal Aviation Administration lifted restrictions implemented after September 11 that prohibited aircraft from flying over major cities if air traffic controllers could not monitor those crafts.
Firefighters remain on the scene at the World Trade Center rubble in case clean-up crews uncover more hot spots, but fire officials report that fires no longer burn at that site. "We've stopped putting water on them and there is no smoking," said Chief Brian Dixon from the New York Fire Department.
Workers have removed more than 710,000 tons of debris and more than 135,000 tons of steel from the site.
After the terrorist attacks, the FAA restricted the use of private planes, news and traffic helicopters, banner towers, blimps and commercial sightseeing aircraft that fly according to visual flight rules. The agency banned those aircraft from flying near major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and Atlanta.
The ban allowed planes to fly only according to instrument-rated rules, flights that could be tracked by air traffic controllers. Wednesday, the FAA lifted that ban. (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 2,992 -- 2,442 people missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- and 550 bodies have been identified. The toll has been steadily shrinking for a variety of reasons, including duplicate reports and confusion in the hours and days immediately following the attack.
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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