WASHINGTON - The Bush administration raised the nationwide terror alert to its second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America as new intelligence warned of car bombings, suicide attacks and other strikes linked to the Sept. 11 anniversary.
A year ago today, Roberta Krause was in her room on the 16th floor of the World Trade Center Marriott Hotel when the building was struck by a hijacked jetliner. In the year since, Krause has spoken to dozens of groups about her experiences on that day at in the days that followed. This is her story, in her own words.
As we approach the first anniversary of the terror attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., we struggle to find the appropriate way to commemorate.
The soul-searing spectacle of a September morning changed the way America looks at the world. Now a year of war, of ultimatum, of overwhelming power is changing the way the world sees America.
Here are details on Sept. 11 events:
WASHINGTON - In a cramped nuclear shelter deep beneath the White House, President Bush stared across a spare wooden table and told his national security team, "Get the troops ready."
NEW YORK - Sadly, wryly, Deborah Mardenfeld describes herself as first in, last out.
Making sure the cafeteria food is warm and in good supply isn't the kind of job that usually brings a deep, lasting satisfaction.
NEW YORK - As many as 500 New York City firefighters may have to retire early as a result of "respiratory disability," chronic breathing problems caused by their exposure to dense clouds of dust, smoke and fumes at the World Trade Center, health officials said Monday.
The emptiness of the World Trade Center site shocked Cynthia Fajardo when she returned to New York. Fajardo, chief of Steilacoom's combined police and fire department, grew up in Brooklyn and watched the twin towers being built.
Mark and Izzy are on vacation again this September, on the road somewhere between Los Alamos, N.M., and Denver. But just about everything else has changed in the last year for the married Air Force pilots, who coincidentally found themselves vacationing in South Carolina during last year's Sept. 11 attack on America.
The distance helps lessen the pain.
They come to ground zero to pay their respects, though many admit they are just curious or want a souvenir snapshot.
Most children who live far from ground zero aren't dealing with the same kind of Sept. 11 trauma as kids in New York City or Washington, D.C.
More than 1.3 million bags are checked and transported each day through the 400 commercial airports across the nation. By Dec. 31, the government wants each piece of luggage scanned for explosives.
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