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9/11 Lawsuit Filed Against 'Duplicitous' Saudis

Complaint represents families, estates of 800 or so victims

(Newser) - A lawsuit representing the families and estates of about 800 victims of 9/11 has been filed in Manhattan federal court, with the Saudi Arabian government in its sights, WPIX and NBC News report. Of the 19 plane hijackers that day, 15 were Saudi nationals, and three of those reportedly had... More »

Here's What Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Wrote to Obama

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed says the US had 9/11 coming

(Newser) - The man who allegedly spearheaded 9/11 blames America for the terrorist attack in a letter written to Barack Obama and delivered in the final days of his presidency . A copy of the letter, which was finished in 2015 but held up by officials at Guantanamo, was obtained from Khalid Sheik... More »

Obama Receives Letter From Alleged 9/11 Mastermind

Guantanamo prison had been holding onto it for two years

(Newser) - One of the final letters Barack Obama will receive during his time as president comes from the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 attacks, the Miami Herald reports. According to CBS News , Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in 2003 in Pakistan, tortured by the CIA, then moved to Guantanamo... More »

Giuliani: Sorry About False Clinton 9/11 Claim

Clinton never actually claimed to be in New York on 9/11

(Newser) - While campaigning for Donald Trump on Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani let loose on something he thought he heard Hillary Clinton say during the last presidential debate. "Don't tell me, if you said that, that you remember Sept. 11, 2001," he said. "I remember Sept. 11, 2001. Yes,... More »

9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia

The first after Congress opened way for such suits, more to follow

(Newser) - When Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn died in the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he left behind a wife who would give birth to their daughter seven months later. Now, 15 years after his death, CNN reports that Dunn's widow, Stephanie DeSimone, is suing the kingdom of... More »

Mystery Man Who Returned 9/11 Flag Steps Forward

Brian Browne says he had iconic flag in his home for 8 years without knowing it was the one

(Newser) - A man named Brian showed up at a Washington state firehouse two years ago, dropped off a reputed piece of history, and left, creating a mystery that Everett detectives and others have been trying to solve—until now. The item he dropped off is believed to be the American flag... More »

Obama Just Suffered First Override of His Presidency

Families of 9/11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Congress has rejected a veto by President Obama for the first time in his presidency. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto and to allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers, reports AP . The Senate... More »

Obama Vetoes Bill That Would Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia

Possible override by Congress looms

(Newser) - President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The move sets Obama up for a possible first veto override by Congress. Both chambers passed the bill by voice vote. The House sent Obama... More »

Obama Will Veto 9/11 Saudi Lawsuits Bill

White House says it could harm US interests

(Newser) - President Obama has used his veto 11 times without being overridden, but he may not be so lucky with No. 12. The White House says Obama plans to veto a bill that would allow 9/11 survivors and families to sue Saudi Arabia for damages, Reuters reports. The bill passed the... More »

15 Years After 9/11, America Remembers

How Bush spent the 8 hours after the planes hit, and other Sept. 11 coverage

(Newser) - Fifteen years ago on a clear autumn morning, Americans watched as planes turned into weapons, buildings came crashing down, and a national innocence was shattered. A look around the landscape as America pays tribute to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks :
  • Speaking at the Pentagon ceremony, President Obama paid
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15 Years Later, Bells Toll at Ground Zero

Somber anniversary is being marked in New York, DC, Shanksville

(Newser) - The commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 began at ground zero Sunday with a moment of silence and tolling bells at 8:46am, the time when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, reports the AP . After the silence, victims' relatives began reading the... More »

America Prepares to Mark 15 Years Since 9/11

'America will never give in to fear'

(Newser) - America is preparing to mark 15 years since one of the most devastating days in its history. Ahead of Sunday's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times spoke to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who oversaw civil lawsuits filed by the family members of dozens of 9/11 victims.... More »

House Passes 9/11 Bill to Let Victims' Families Sue Saudis

But veto is possible from Obama, who fears law could backfire

(Newser) - Approval of a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia puts Congress on a collision course with President Obama on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Per the AP , the House passed the legislation Friday by voice... More »

Mattress Store Yanks Reviled Ad Spoofing 9/11

‘Our intentions were not to hurt anyone at all,’ says Miracle Mattress

(Newser) - After sparking a firestorm of outrage, a San Antonio mattress store has pulled an ad spoofing the World Trade Center attacks, reports the Dallas Morning News . “What better way to remember 9/11 than with a Twin Tower sale?” Miracle Mattress manager Cherisse Bonanno asks in the video . Two faux-screaming... More »

9/11 Flag Lost, Then Found, but How Remains a Mystery

The flag's original owner has donated it to the Sept. 11 museum

(Newser) - On Sept. 11, 2001, three firefighters removed a flag and its pole from a yacht that had been moored at a marina on the Hudson River and raised it at Ground Zero, and photojournalist Thomas E. Franklin captured the moment for the northern New Jersey paper The Record. It's... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... More »

Number of People With 9/11-Related Cancer Increasing

More than 5,400 have been diagnosed

(Newser) - Since 9/11, more than 5,400 people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to the attacks, according to new numbers from the CDC's World Trade Center Health program. And not only is the actual number likely higher—the CDC's tally only includes people enrolled in its program—it'... More »

Giuliani Didn't 'Forget' 9/11

It was an imprecise moment, not a bizarre one

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani found himself the subject of plenty of angry headlines Monday, and many sounded much like that of the New York Daily News : "Rudy Giuliani forgets about 9/11." The former NYC mayor—whose tenure included 9/11—was in Youngstown, Ohio, to introduce Donald Trump at a campaign... More »

9/11 Responder With Rare Illness Makes Billboard Plea

'Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!'

(Newser) - A 9/11 first responder with kidney disease close to losing his New Jersey home is taking his plight public in a big way: through his website and a series of tri-state area billboards, the Record reports. "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" the signs outside MetLife Stadium... More »

Secret Chapter of 9/11 Inquiry Finally Released

'The 28 pages'

(Newser) - The government is releasing a once-classified chapter of a congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that questions whether Saudi nationals who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the US knew what they were planning. Later investigations found no evidence that the Saudi government... More »

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