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The holidays in the aftermath of terror


Terror -- its aftermath and the prevention of it -- remained at the forefront of the holiday season. Americans saw the release of a Top 10 word list for 2001 with Ground Zero as the No. 1 entry and learned that a major subway system will be able to detect a toxic chemical release.


A Web site, yourDictionary.com, surveyed linguistic experts and compiled a list of 2001's Top 10 words. No. 1 on the list is Ground Zero, a reference to the site of the terror attack in New York that destroyed the World Trade Center and killed thousands. (Full story)

Many volunteers spent Christmas Day sifting through the rubble at the World Trade Center site seeking to find remains and give closure to grieving families by bringing home the missing. "In a weird way, it would be like a gift for somebody," said Patrick Shea, an emergency services police officer who spent the holiday sifting through the debris.

Washington's subway system will activate sensors in two downtown stations next month and become the first subway in the world that can detect a toxic-chemical release, The Washington Post reports.

An unwanted, and unattended, Christmas present forced the closure of the Los Angeles International Airport for two hours on Christmas Day.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal was evacuated just after 9 a.m. Tuesday after authorities were alerted to the package, which had been thrown into a trash receptacle outside, said Tom Winfrey, a spokesman for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs the airport.

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Are U.S. intelligence agencies better equipped to detect and prevent future homeland terrorist attacks?

What is the government doing to fortify homeland defense? 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 numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks:

WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 2,954 -- 2,391 people missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- and 563 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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