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Youngest Victim of 9/11 Almost Wasn't on Plane

Christine Lee Hanson's family originally planned to travel on Sept. 10

(Newser) - Eight children were among the 2,977 people who died on 9/11. Christine Lee Hanson was the youngest of them, and NBC News revisits her story. The 2-and-a-half-year-old was on United Airlines Flight 175, which was traveling from Boston to Los Angeles, in what the 9/11 Memorial & Museum notes...

Insurance Broker Is First 9/11 Victim IDed in 2 Years

Dorothy Morgan was working on 94th floor of the WTC's north tower; a man has also been IDed

(Newser) - Two more victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been identified ahead of the 20th anniversary as part of "the largest and most complex forensic investigation in the history of the United States." New York City's Chief Medical Examiner's Office announced Tuesday that two victims have...

Bobby McIlvaine Died on 9/11. This Is the Shape Grief Took

Jennifer Senior on how his parents, brother, intended fiancee have coped

(Newser) - "'The only thing I do is 9/11 stuff,' Bob Sr. says. 'My whole basis of everything revolves around the day.'" That's understandable. Bob McIlvaine Sr. lost his 26-year-old son that day, and in a lengthy piece for the Atlantic , Jennifer Senior presents a...

A 9/11 Tradition Endures, Thanks to Determined Florist

His stores are closed, but 'Mikey Flowers' still donates birthday roses for victims at memorial

(Newser) - After the pandemic hit, New York City florist Michael Collarone was forced to close all three of his retail stores and lay off every one of his employees. "We're lucky if we make enough money to keep our electricity on," the merchant known as "Mikey Flowers"...

By One Measure, Virus Is Now Worse Than 9/11

Death toll in US now exceeds that of the initial 2001 attacks

(Newser) - The coronavirus tally of American deaths kept by Johns Hopkins University rose above 3,000 Tuesday morning, exceeding the toll from the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, notes the Washington Post . (Thousands more have since died from 9/11-related illnesses.) It was just a matter of the time for...

Man Who Found Brother's Body in 9/11 Rubble Has Died

Daniel Foley was with the NYFD for 21 years

(Newser) - It's a statement that brings chills even 18 years after the fact: "On the 11th day, Danny miraculously found his brother Tommy in the rubble at the World Trade Center." That's what an official with Rescue Co. 3 in the Bronx had to say of Daniel...

Saying He Was 'Down There,' Trump Signs 9/11 Victims Bill

Democrat who wore firefighter jacket in protest isn't invited

(Newser) - President Trump signed a measure Monday extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund indefinitely. The Senate gave it final approval last week after a Congress-shaming campaign by comedian Jon Stewart. Extending the fund is "a sacred duty," Trump said Monday. "Today we come together as one nation to...

Here's What Stewart Has to Say Now That 9/11 Victims Fund Bill Has Finally Passed

President Trump is expected to sign the bill

(Newser) - The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it, the AP reports. The vote came after...

Ex-Cop Who Testified With Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund Dies

Former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died of complications of colorectal cancer

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month, Luis Alvarez was one of the first responders at his side, making his own impassioned plea to the House Judiciary subcommittee to stop dragging its feet on re-funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Now, sad news from Long...

McConnell: Jon Stewart Is 'Bent Out of Shape' on 9/11 Fund

'Many things happen at the last minute,' he says

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell sounded bemused Monday when he addressed Jon Stewart's criticism of his alleged foot-dragging on the 9/11 victims' fund . "We have never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again," McConnell told Fox and Friends, per the Washington Post . "I don’t...

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

'He has always held out until the very last minute'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kept up the pressure on Congress to pass funding for 9/11 first responders in a Fox News Sunday appearance—and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the "white whale" of the issue. "I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with...

Almost 18 Years Later, 9/11 Victim Identified
9/11 Victim IDed,
18 Years Later

9/11 Victim IDed, 18 Years Later

Man's name being withheld

(Newser) - A previously unknown victim of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center finally has a name. We just don't know it yet. According to the New York City Medical Examiner, DNA testing of remains recovered in 2013 has confirmed a man as the 1,643rd victim to be...

9/11 Victims Fund Slashes Payouts
9/11 Victims Fund
Slashes Payouts 

9/11 Victims Fund Slashes Payouts

Rapidly dwindling fund announces payouts will be cut by at least 50%

(Newser) - The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is quickly running out of money, and claimants will be getting payouts that are slashed by at least half, reports NPR . The $7.3 billion fund, which opened in 2011 and is set to expire in December 2020, has faced a surge in new...

9/11 Firefighter Died, but Kids Fulfill His Shark Tank Dream

Keith Young's children pitched his Cup Board Pro

(Newser) - Keith Young invented the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board with a detachable bowl attached, and he dreamed of bringing it on Shark Tank. But the New York City firefighter, who helped with Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11, died in March of cancer related to the World Trade Center attacks...

9/11 Victim Identified After Almost 17 Years

DNA advances helped investigators ID bone fragment

(Newser) - Advances in DNA testing have helped investigators identify the remains of one more victim of the 9/11 attacks—the 1,642nd to be identified, and the first in almost a year. A bone fragment that investigators had attempted to identify several times over the years has been confirmed as belonging...

After 16 Years, Another 9/11 Victim Identified

New York City says it has identified 1,641st victim

(Newser) - Almost 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, another family has been given the news that the remains of their loved one have been identified. New York City's medical examiner said Monday that the man has been identified as the 1,641st person killed at the World Trade Center on...

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...

9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia
9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia

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...

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...

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...

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