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Federal funds will help bring restoration and recovery to Manhattan business owners, while legal action has been undertaken to help terror attack victims who suffered extra expense or property loss because of the events of September 11.
By mid-January, lower Manhattan business owners whose revenues plunged after September 11 will begin receiving direct federal assistance totaling about $700 million. Retail and service businesses that have fewer than 500 employees and intend to remain or return to the area near the World Trade Center site are eligible to receive the money.
A New York hotel has agreed to refund customers and pay a $9,500 fine after being accused or price gouging in the days after September 11. The state attorney general's office says the Days Inn in Hicksville, New York, charged stranded air travelers and victims' family members up to $399 a night -- up from the posted rate of $139. (Full story)
A class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks the return of vehicles parked near the World Trade Center on September 11. The vehicles were towed to provided access to the site.
A new generation of airport security equipment goes beyond finding metal objects on airline passengers, and detects the presence of traces of explosives. (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, the death toll is 2,940 -- 2,367 people missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- and 573 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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