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September 12, 2001

Day of terror shatters confidence of a nation

Reports say FBI searching locations in Broward County and Daytona Beach

Report: Victims alive in rubble
NEW YORK -- A man caught under the rubble of the World Trade Center reportedly used his cell phone Tuesday to reach family in Pennsylvania with a plea for help.

Plane slams into Pentagon
Personnel at the U.S. military's headquarters were stunned by the first terrorist assault on the building in its 58 years.

A thud, then a sprint to safety
NOTEBOOK: Duane McAdoo had intended to hand a letter of resignation to his bosses at the World Trade Center on Tuesday.

Terror, minute by minute
7:59 A.M. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 81 people aboard, takes off from Boston bound for Los Angeles. It is hijacked and forced south toward New York.

30 questions
Who and why?

Flight stoppage has widespread repercussions
The federal government ordered an unprecedented halt to air traffic Tuesday, closing the nation's airports and grounding all domestic and international flights until at least midday today.

Hijackers penetrated security with apparent ease
WASHINGTON -- It seemed surprisingly easy.

U.S. spying ability questioned anew
WASHINGTON -- American intelligence officials put the terrorist Osama bin Laden at the top of the list of suspects in Tuesday's attacks, but cautioned it was too early to determine responsibility.

Military put on highest alert; Navy ships sent to N.Y., D.C.
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Navy dispatched aircraft carriers and guided missile destroyers to New York and Washington after Tuesday's terrorist attacks as the president put the military on its highest level of alert.

President, leaders govern in shadow of day's chaos
WASHINGTON -- In the minutes and hours after hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the president's whereabouts were kept secret, his words short, and his movements seemingly erratic.

Amid his anguish, Bush vows retaliation
The president says the United States will track down those responsible for deaths in the "thousands."

Experts: Impact, fire too much for twin towers
NEW YORK -- Built to withstand earthquakes and hurricane-force winds, and equipped with enhanced security after a 1993 terrorist bombing, the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center were supposed to last.

50,000 worked in towers each day
NEW YORK -- Government officials estimated that the loss of life from Tuesday's attacks is likely to be horrendous -- as many as 50,000 people could have been in the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Shaken survivors tell tales of luck and bravery
NEW YORK -- The first plane to crash into the World Trade Center actually attracted the curiosity of some New Yorkers, who began walking south through Manhattan toward the scene.

Workers flee in panic, only to sit in gridlock
In Washington, news of the attacks shuts down federal buildings, empties offices and clogs roads.

Official's wife was aboard jet
WASHINGTON -- The wife of U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson was aboard the jetliner that crashed into the Pentagon and called him as the plane was being hijacked.

Jet had turned toward Washington
Authorities aren't sure what its final destination would have been had it not crashed in Pennsylvania.

A blur in the sky, then a firestorm
"It dropped all of a sudden, like a stone," a witness says of United Airlines Flight 93.

Attacks in Afghanistan fuel rumors
Rockets strike north of its capital. But the United States quickly denies any involvement.

Pained world condemns acts, but some cheer
World leaders express sorrow to President Bush even as some Palestinians and Iraqi television revel in the terrorist attacks.

State-by-state precautions
Some precautions taken around the nation in the wake of the terrorist attacks:

Airline numbers
American and United Airlines released telephone numbers for those who believe they might have had relatives aboard one of the four doomed jets. American Airlines is 1-800-245-0999. United is 1-800-932-8555.

Some of the major attacks on U.S. targets
Oct. 12, 2000: Terrorist bombing kills 17 U.S. sailors on the USS Cole as it refueled in Yemen's port of Aden. The United States calls Saudi exile Osama bin Laden prime suspect.
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