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New Cologne Lets You Smell Like a Boston Firefighter

Scents include rubber and smoke

(Newser) - Is there any better way to pay tribute to Boston's first-responders than trying to smell like them? Probably, but Demeter is putting out a new cologne anyway called First Response—Boston, which has scents "overlaid with white rubber and smoke." It also has plenty of spices and... More »

Boston-Area Dunkin' Donuts Stay Open ... for Cops

Serving free coffee, of course

(Newser) - The entire city of Boston and most of its surrounding neighborhoods are on lockdown. Authorities have been all but begging residents to stay home and businesses to stay closed. And yet reports started to creep up that there was an exception: Dunkin' Donuts. The chain is an institution in the... More »

Videos Capture Boston Marathon Blasts, Aftermath

Chaos, as first responders arrived on the scene

(Newser) - Video from Boston captures the early moments of the two explosions at the Boston Marathon and the chaos as first responders move in. CBS News has a clip that catches one blast as it happens near the finish line. The Boston Globe has another of first responders. And a third... More »

9/11 Responders Finally Get Health Payouts

Rewards range from $10K to $1.5M

(Newser) - The federal government's 9/11 health care fund finally gave its first payouts yesterday, bestowing awards ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million on a group of 15 first responders. The recipients are being kept anonymous, but 14 are firefighters, with the other being a corrections officer. Most were... More »

Feds to Cover Cancer of 9/11 Responders

US adds 50 types despite lack of direct evidence

(Newser) - On the eve of 9/11's anniversary, the federal government has added 50 kinds of cancer to the list of ailments covered by the Twin Towers health program, the AP reports. The National Institute for Occupational Safety made the announcement today after years of lobbying by 9/11 first responders, office... More »

9/11 Health Fund to Cover Cancer

Science still out, but official says covering victims more important

(Newser) - After years of the government refusing to cover cancers developed in the aftermath of 9/11, a federal health officer has reversed course, adding 50 types of cancer to the $4.3 billion fund set up to treat first responders as well as people who lived, worked, or attended school in... More »

9/11 Memorial Shuns Muslim Hero

They don't want Muslim names on plaque: Mom

(Newser) - As the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, a young police cadet rushed to the aid of victims—but you won't see his name on the 9/11 memorial's list of first responders. And even though his body was discovered amid debris from the north tower, Mohammad Salman... More »

9/11 Firefighters Face Increased Cancer Risk

Those at site 19% more likely to get diagnosis: Lancet

(Newser) - A major study seems to confirm anecdotal evidence about the firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack: They are more likely to get cancer. The study in the Lancet finds that firefighters exposed to the toxic stew of dust in the air were 19% more likely to be... More »

9/11 First Responders Aren't Terrorists, FBI Confirms

They're now eligible for health care

(Newser) - The FBI has finished screening the 60,000 September 11 first responders against the terrorist watch list to determine if they’re eligible for health care benefits and—surprise!—all of them passed, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. New York lawmakers decried the screenings, which were thrown into... More »

No Room for First Responders at 9/11 Ceremony

City says it's working on alternatives, but emergency crews feel overlooked

(Newser) - They risked their health and safety in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, but now officials say some 3,000 first responders will not receive invites to the 10th anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero due to space constraints, reports CNN . The city maintains that the ceremony, which will be... More »

Stewart: Who Cares If 9/11 Caused the Cancer?

Umm, so the law covers carpal tunnel syndrome ... but not cancer?

(Newser) - Jon Stewart hasn’t been shy about advocating for the 9/11 first responders health care law . So you can imagine he was just a bit peeved when he discovered that it doesn’t cover cancer . In a Daily Show segment last night entitled "I Thought We Already Took Care... More »

Congress Gets in One Last F*** You to 9/11 Responders

Not even Libyan rebels get screened against watch list: Stewart

(Newser) - Apparently, it wasn't enough that it took more than nine years to pass the 9/11 health bill—Congress still needed to deliver "one final kick to the nuts of the first responders, one final Congressional 'f*** you very much,'" Jon Stewart said last night . That... More »

FBI to Screen 9/11 Responders Against Terror List

Names of cops, firefighters to be compared to watch list

(Newser) - Police, firefighters, construction workers, and anyone else covered by the 9/11 responders bill will be warned that their names must be compared to the FBI's terrorist watch list before they can receive benefits, according to a letter obtained by the Huffington Post . The requirement was added by GOP Rep.... More »

Jon Stewart Appointed to 9/11 Memorial Board

Advocacy wins funnyman place with Ground Zero foundation

(Newser) - Jon Stewart's push to get Congress to pass a 9/11 first responders health care bill has won him a place on the board of the foundation building the 9/11 museum and memorial at Ground Zero. The foundation's president hailed the Daily Show host's passionate advocacy—which included devoting an entire... More »

Obama Signs 9/11 First Responders Bill

Printed copy traveled from Washington to his Hawaii vacation rental

(Newser) - A bill that traveled one long road journeyed a wee bit farther before reaching its end today: President Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law—in Hawaii. To get it there, a printed copy flew with a White House staffer from Washington to the island of Oahu, and then... More »

Congress Passes Bill for 9/11 First Responders

Republicans drop opposition in the Senate

(Newser) - The clout of Jon Stewart : Congress today approved the bill to provide health care for 9/11 first responders and sent it to President Obama for his signature. The House passed the measure late this afternoon (206-60) after the Senate did so earlier in the day, reports AP . The big breakthrough... More »

Stewart Stirred the Pot on 9/11 Health Bill: White House

Even so, bill may not be passed this year

(Newser) - Jon Stewart is getting a lot of credit for the attention he brought to the 9/11 first responders bill—including the White House itself. The Daily Show host “put the awareness around this legislation,” says Robert Gibbs. “If there's the ability for that to sort of break... More »

NYC Will Pay Sick Ground Zero Workers $657M

City faces 10K lawsuits over World Trade Center dust

(Newser) - New York City has agreed to pay up to $657 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits filed by ground zero rescue and response workers who say they were sickened by World Trade Center dust. The settlement was announced tonight by the WTC Captive Insurance Company, a special entity... More »

New 9/11 Probe Looks Headed for NYC Ballot

Group has enough valid signatures for Nov. referendum: city

(Newser) - A New York City group has secured enough valid signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to force a new investigation into the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A press release from the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now says city lawyers conceded today that at... More »

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