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Aug 8, 2022

Lawsuit over 9/11 attack dismissed

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two organizations and several individuals trying to force the United States Attorney General’s Office to present their claims about the 9/11 terrorist attack to a federal grand jury.

Nov 22, 2019

Woman calls 911 for pizza to save abused mother

At first, the dispatcher sounds bemused. “You called 911 to order a pizza?” Tim Teneyck said. “Uh . . . yeah,” she said. Teneyck said she had the wrong number, but the caller was persistent. Then he realized this wasn’t just another mistaken dial. The call led police in Oregon, Ohio, to arrest a man […]

Jul 24, 2019

Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 vote came after Democratic senators agreed to allow […]

Sep 11, 2017

US commemorates 9/11; thousands expected at ground zero

While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary of one of the nation’s most scarring days. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on […]

Jan 18, 2017

Justices leery of expanding right to sue top officials

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sounds leery of expanding the right to sue high-ranking officials in a case that dates to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Just six justices heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other former top officials to shut down a lawsuit filed by […]

Jan 17, 2017

Supreme Court considers suit over 2001 detention of Muslims

WASHINGTON — Ahmer Abbasi speaks softly as he describes the strip searches, the extra shoves, the curses that he endured in a federal jail in Brooklyn following the Sept. 11 attacks. “I don’t think I deserved it,” Abbasi said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his home in Karachi, Pakistan. Abbasi’s quiet, […]

Oct 17, 2016

Fees meant to update 911 system get diverted to other uses

New York trails other states in modernizing its 911 systems to handle greater cellphone use, in part because lawmakers routinely divert money intended for that purpose and use it to plug holes in the state budget. While New York is hardly alone in struggling to upgrade to “next generation 911” that can better pinpoint the […]

Oct 11, 2016

Sheriffs, firefighters seek better funding for 911

A group of sheriffs, firefighters, county officials and emergency personnel from around New York say the state must invest more money into its aging 911 emergency system. The group says funding isn’t keeping up with the higher costs of operating 911, putting the public at risk. More and more 911 calls now come in on […]

Oct 1, 2016

Sept. 11 families can now sue the Saudis, but will it matter?

Just because Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks doesn’t mean such a case will ever go before a jury. Already, a federal judge has blasted the legal case at the heart of the debate as notoriously weak and full of “largely […]

Sep 12, 2016

New York state extends deadline for Sept. 11 health claims

ALBANY — New York state has reopened the window for workers and volunteers seeking lost wages and medical benefits from their involvement in the rescue, recovery and cleanup at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A law signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the […]

Sep 8, 2016

15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

NEW YORK — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together. After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless America” […]

Mar 11, 2016

Appeal seeks to restore Saudi Arabia as defendant in 9/11 case

NEW YORK — Lawyers for families of Sept. 11 terrorist-attacks victims appealed to a federal appeals court Thursday to restore Saudi Arabia as a defendant in a lawsuit. The appeal, filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked the court to reverse a lower-court judge’s ruling in August that dismissed the nation as […]

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