NORAD scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight traveling from Los Angeles to New York, today, after three passengers locked themselves in a bathroom and refused to come out.
The AP reports:
Flight 34 landed safely after 4 p.m. Sunday. The nature of the incident was unclear but a law enforcement official says it isn't thought to be terrorism.
Aaron Brown reported for 17 straight hours on Sept. 11, 2001.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Aaron Brown came into work at CNN still preparing for his new role as the anchor of the network's flagship evening broadcast. He wasn't supposed to go on air for several more weeks, but on that morning and in the days that followed, Brown became the guide for millions of viewers glued to their television sets.
As he scurried to the roof of CNN's headquarters in New York shortly after the towers were hit, Brown remembers stopping in the middle of 8th Avenue and telling himself to stay calm.
A worker looks over the field of debris of the collapsed south tower area of the World Trade Center in March 2002 in New York City. Many workers chose not to wear the respirators provided for them, except in the most extreme conditions. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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William Langewiesche, author of "American Ground: Unbuilding The World Trade Center." (Sam Parsons/AP)
It took journalist and author William Langewiesche several days to get to ground zero after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The airports were closed, and he lived in California.
But as soon as he arrived, he and his editors at the Atlantic Monthly began frantically trying to gain access to the highly restricted site where the Twin Towers had stood.
Langewiesche contacted the head of an obscure city agency, the Department of Design and Construction, Kenneth Holden.
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks at the Heritage Foundation in 2010 in Washington, DC. Ashcroft spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court's second opportunity to review the rights of Guantanamo detainees.
John Ashcroft's term as attorney general under George W. Bush was redefined by Sept. 11.
And he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that the techniques endorsed by his Justice Department were necessary, from warrantless wiretaps to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Defending The Patriot Act
One of Ashcroft's most controversial legacies is the Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that dramatically expanded the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement for monitoring terrorism suspects.
NPR's Joel Rose was in New Jersey today, where he stumbled upon another Sept. 11 tribute:
A different breed of heroes from September 11th gathered across the Hudson River from Ground Zero. Dozens of service and therapy dogs from around the country gathered with their handlers at Liberty State Park. The event, billed as "Finding One Another," was intended to celebrate the contributions of search and rescue dogs on 9/11 and since.