Sept. 11: 10 Years Later
Imagine climbing to the top of a 110-floor building with 65 pounds of bulky clothing and gear on your back.
In a Lithuanian cemetery, a world away from ground zero, the twin towers still stand. Vladimir Gavriushin lays white roses near the 6-foot granite replicas of the World Trade Center's skyscrapers, a memorial he built to honor his daughter Yelena, one of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11.
An Oregon man who traveled to England by boat because of his apparent placement on the U.S. no-fly list has been released from custody by British authorities after being detained upon arrival from a trans-Atlantic cruise, according to his family.
Five-year-old Frank Allocco is 37,000 feet above America, face pressed against the window.
A restaurant owner in Vermont held a contest to help Canadians buy passports so they cross the border for a meal. A fire department can't depend on help from a few miles away. A short drive to pick up milk can bring unpredictable delays.
It's the question that's often first asked or first told when the subject of the worst terror attack in the nation's history comes up: Where were you? What do you remember most? The Associated Press posted an inquiry on Facebook asking people around the world to describe their most vivid memory of Sept. 11, 2001. A sampling of their verbatim responses follows.
On Sept. 11, 2001, as firefighters rushed into the smoldering twin towers, their radios went dead. Police on the scene couldn't hear orders from their superiors. And none of the agencies responding to the nation's deadliest terrorist attack could communicate with one another.
A Sept. 11 commemoration in New York City will include people standing hand in hand at 8:46 a.m., the time the first of two planes hit the World Trade Center.
Upset with statistics that supposedly show American high school seniors are "deficient" in American History, former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has released a series of animated videos he hopes will help students stand up the bullies, learn respect, believe in freedom and equality and put their faith in God.
Anthony Yacapino was sitting at home, watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon in 2004 when he felt the first signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. "My heart felt like it was leaping out of my chest. I thought I was dying. It was seriously scary," he recalls.
With five weeks left until the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, organizers of a national memorial to the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 are still $10 million short of a $62 million fundraising goal.
David Potorti recalls his mother's pain when his brother Jim was killed in the World Trade Center. Clutching her stomach, she cried out: "Jim. Jim. Jim."
It's the morning rush in the Times Square subway station, a routine convergence of humanity and mass transit that makes New York City hum. Mixing seamlessly with subway riders are New York Police Department officers with heavy body armor and high-powered rifles, commanders in blue NYPD polo shirts carrying smart phone-size radiation detectors and a panting police dog named Sabu.