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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 »

Fire Chief Killed on 9/11 Finally Gets His Funeral

Lawrence Stack's remains, required for a Catholic funeral, were never found

(Newser) - New York Fire Department battalion chief Lawrence Stack was laid to rest Friday—nearly 15 years after he died when the World Trader Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times reports. Stack was helping an injured business man from Iowa when the north tower collapsed, killing him.... More »

Firefighters Salute, Then Last 9/11 Dog Is Euthanized

Bretagne searched for survivors at World Trade Center

(Newser) - A 16-year-old golden retriever believed to have been the last surviving rescue dog from the World Trade Center attacks got a hero's goodbye on Monday in Texas. Firefighters and other rescue officials lined the sidewalk and saluted Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") as handler Denise Corliss walked her into... More »

Man Trying to Raise $1.5M to 'Recreate' 9/11

American businessman says he wants to settle conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Paul Salo is an American entrepreneur living in Thailand, and his latest project has earned him the descriptors of "delusional" from the website Coconuts Bangkok and "possible supervillain" from Gothamist . Why? He's trying to raise money so he can buy an old 747 and fly it into... More »

Senate OKs Bill to Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudis

Congress on collision course with the White House

(Newser) - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a US ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration, the AP reports. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, approved... More »

New Photos Show Bush's 9/11 Reaction

'I was documenting a nightmare,' photographer says

(Newser) - George W. Bush appears anguished but determined in newly released photos of his reaction to the 9/11 attacks. The photos, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, document the president's reaction throughout the day, from an elementary school in Sarasota, Fla., where he first heard about the attacks,... More »

White House: Obama Hasn't Read 9/11 '28 Pages'

Saudis deny planning to pull $750B in US investments

(Newser) - President Obama not only hasn't released the still-classified 28 pages from a congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, he hasn't read them. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who previously dodged questions on whether Obama had read the pages believed to detail Saudi links to the attacks, told... More »

CIA Chief: 9/11 '28 Pages' Should Stay in Vault

He says information would cause people to wrongly blame Saudis

(Newser) - Some 28 pages of classified information believed to link Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks are in a guarded vault —and that's where CIA Director John Brennan says they should stay. On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Brennan said the documents contain "a combination of... More »

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