Sept. 11 news stories
Sept. 11 memorial opens in New York
NEW YORK -- Ten years ago, ground zero was a smoking, fire-spitting tomb, a ghastly pile of rubble and human remains. On Monday it was a place of serenity -- an expanse of trees and water in the middle of a bustling city -- as the 9/11 memorial opened to the public...
Plane returns to Lambert after security concern
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An apparent misunderstanding on a flight bound from St. Louis to Washington on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forced a re-screening of passengers. The Transportation Security Administration says United Airlines flight 3681 was still on the runway Sunday when the pilot returned to the gate...
Looking back and ahead, America remembers Sept. 11
NEW YORK -- Determined never to forget but perhaps ready to move on, the nation handed Sept. 11 over to history Sunday and etched its memory on a new generation. A stark memorial took its place where twin towers once stood, and the names of the lost resounded from children too young to remember terror from a decade ago...
America's 9/11 pain is shared in other lands
PARIS -- An American expatriate in Paris cries over an indelible memory of sadness. Buglers play taps from Brussels to Bagram, Afghanistan. An Israeli retiree remembers her daughter: "My world was destroyed. For me, every day is Sept. 11." The world's leaders and citizens reflected Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that were directed at the United States but claimed the lives of people from more than 90 countries...
Suspicious trips to bathroom lead to plane getting military escort
NEW YORK -- Two fighter jets escorted a Los Angeles-to-New York American Airlines flight after three passengers' repeated trips to the bathroom aroused suspicion Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said. The passengers were later cleared...
Ceremony at the Pentagon honors those who died there on 9/11
WASHINGTON -- Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortress-like military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside...
New York City memorial honors Sept. 11 deaths
NEW YORK -- In the days after the 9/11 attacks, all of New York seemed to become a shrine to the dead. People left heaps of flowers in front of fire stations. They lit candles. They hung photographs of the missing. Now, at last, there is a permanent memorial to the victims...
Ceremonies in Cape, Jackson held to remember 9/11
On a day that commemorated the 10-year anniversary of a tragedy that filled the nation with uncertainty and fear, Cape Girardeau County brimmed with patriotism, admiration and honor. In Jackson, dozens of people clad in red, white and blue gathered in Brookside Memorial Park to remember those who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a hijacked airplane in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. They joined in singing the national anthem...
For parents and kids alike, 9/11 left its imprints
NEW YORK (AP) -- David Rand cheerfully acknowledges he's an overprotective father. An ex-Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, he's also a single dad to 5-year-old Emma. And so when Emma's grandmother suggested recently that the girl come visit her in Texas, flying from California as an unaccompanied minor, Rand had a blunt reaction: "Heck, no!"...
9/11 remains an unclear memory for many high school students
For most high school seniors in Southeast Missouri, their memories of Sept. 11, 2001, are not vivid. Some remember watching the attacks on the World Trade Center on television with their families after school, or briefly in their second grade classes. Others weren't aware until several years later what happened. Like others who do remember, they mostly don't understand why...
Southeast Missouri responds to Sept. 11 attacks
Overwhelming. It's the one word that best describes the community response local Red Cross staff and volunteers saw following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. More than 1,000 people poured into the Osage Centre on Sept. 11 to donate blood -- one of few things they could think to do to help the victims in New York and Washington, D.C...
Funding since attacks has altered how first responders function
When Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan sat down to sip his coffee and watch television with his command staff Sept. 11, 2001, he never imagined what he watched while he downed his morning joe would change his country and his occupation forever...
Local man's brother runs away from twin towers
As Kevin Greaser watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001, unfold on his television set, his little brother was running away from the fiery remnants of what was the World Trade Center. Greaser's brother Eric Greaser, a Wall Street analyst working for Moody's, had been living in New York for about three years. His office was in a building adjacent to the World Trade Center's twin towers...
A marred vacation: City attorney spends Sept. 11 near New York
Through the prism of history, the image that for years has adorned Eric Cunningham's computer screen at work is quite eerie. It's a video capture of his wife, Janet, and one of their two daughters, their hair billowing in the wind as they gaze across New York Harbor toward the city from the southern tip of Manhattan Island...
Sept. 11 also had lasting impact on area Muslims
A handful of Muslims are facing Mecca. Shoulder to shoulder, they are standing behind an imam, or prayer leader. The group -- all men and one wearing a prayer cap -- are shoeless and still. As those of their faith do five times daily, they are about to talk to God...
Lessons of 2001 need to be taught, educators say
In the fall following Sept. 11, 2001, the husband of a woman who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center spoke to more than 500 students during an assembly at Notre Dame Regional High School. "The last thing she said to him was, 'Honey, don't worry, I'm going to go back to work. I love you.' Everyone was going back in. As she said that, the second plane hit, and the phone went dead," said the high school's principal, Brother David Anthony Migliorino...
Southeast Missouri businesses have adjusted since the attacks
When Carolyn Kempf watched the second plane slam into the World Trade Center in New York on television the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, it never crossed her mind that this event happening across the country would devastate her business here in Cape Girardeau...
Changed lives: Sept. 11 still factors large in American mind
WASHINGTON -- A decade later, what happened on Sept. 11 still resonates for much of the country. Even more Americans now say the horror of that day changed their lives. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in Chicago finds that more Americans today say Sept. 11 had an impact on their lives than said so five years ago -- 57 percent compared with 50 percent in 2006...
Security ratcheted up federal buildings; others not so much
The 3-year-old Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse could be called the crown jewel of federal buildings in the state. In fact, the grandson of the man the courthouse is named after suggests that distinction could extend much farther. "Probably nationwide," said Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., a U.S. District Judge who works on a daily basis at the courthouse...
Attacks cause changes in emergency response
Jamie Koehler's Tuesday morning was mundane. She was sitting in a computer class when a teacher interrupted and broke the news that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. Class just sort of fell apart, Koehler said. Koehler and other students gathered around a TV in the classroom for several minutes before she decided to leave and head to the Cape Girardeau National Guard Armory. She had argued with a classmate about the blow being a terrorist attack...
Cape businessman lost 10 people he knew
The World Trade Center was a symbol of America's financial power. When those hijacked planes sent the towers tumbling down, the nation's financial sector was shaken at its very core. The stock markets were closed until Sept. 17, and when the market opened, it immediately dropped about 7 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 684 points, the largest single-day drop on record...
9/11 brought changes to skyscrapers and high-rises
CHICAGO (AP) -- What if it happens again? A decade after 9/11, could any of the nation's 21,000 high-rises withstand an attack like those that caused New York's twin towers to collapse? Could the thousands of people inside find a way to safety?...
Audio files reveal 9/11 air traffic horror
NEW YORK (AP) -- Newly posted audio files depict the horror of 9/11 unfolding in the sky, as air traffic controllers struggled to follow the faint tracks of hijacked planes, fighter jets tried in vain to chase them down and a flight attendant made a desperate appeal for help...
Area groups planning Sept. 11 commemorations
Local organizations are planning ceremonies to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Knights of Columbus Council No. 1111 will hold a ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall at 318 S. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau...
SEMO District Fair includes Sept. 11 tribute
The SEMO District Fair will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Sunday. It will do so by holding a ceremony at the grandstand at 3 p.m.
Kids with Bush on 9/11 saw change sweep over him
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The 16 children who shared modern America's darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now -- football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers. They remember going over an eight-paragraph story so it would be perfect when they read it to the president on Sept. ...
Poll results: It's all right to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism
WASHINGTON -- Surveillance cameras in public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe. Snooping in personal email? Not so fast. The same Americans who are increasingly splashing their personal lives across Facebook and Twitter trace a meandering path when asked where the government should draw the line between protecting civil liberties and pursuing terrorism...
Pentagon chief: threat of another 9/11 is real
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a decade of war with al-Qaida the potential for another devastating terrorist assault "remains very real," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday following a somber visit to ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center...
Security intensifying as Sept. 11 nears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas as the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again...
Holes remain in flight school scrutiny after 9/11
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, government screening has made it harder for foreign students to enroll in civilian flight schools as a handful of the hijackers did, banking on America being inviting and a place to learn quickly...
Memorial for soldiers killed in war on terror on display in Perryville
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nears, a traveling memorial pays tribute to those who have fallen in the war on terror.
Some Sept. 11 charities show few or no results
NEW YORK -- Americans eager to give after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those not-for-profits have failed at those goals...
Many still seeking records, art after 9/11
NEW YORK -- Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president's personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center...
President says Osama bin Laden is dead; killed in U.S. military mission
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States.