The nearly simultaneous assaults on the World Trade Center and Pentagon using commercial airliners point to a meticulously planned strike by attackers who likely deployed their own pilots, terrorism and aviation experts said.
In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin towers. The world watched on television as another plane slammed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh.
LONDON -- Governments around the world offered condolences to an America that looked more vulnerable than ever after Tuesday's terror attacks, but thousands of Palestinians celebrated in the West Bank and in Lebanese refugee camps.
WASHINGTON -- In response to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, several U.S. embassies shut down Tuesday. The State Department urged embassies worldwide to take necessary security precautions. Several U.S. embassies in the Middle East decided to close indefinitely. The American Embassy in Japan opted not to open Wednesday, and the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela shut down at least through Wednesday and built concrete security barriers.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials began piecing together a case linking Osama bin Laden to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, aided by an intercept of communications between his supporters and harrowing cell phone calls from victims aboard the jetliners before they crashed on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON -- The terror attacks in the nation\'s business and government capitals may push the teetering economy into recession, analysts suggested. The Federal Reserve said it stood ready to pump extra money into the economy if needed to try to avert such a development.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's hardline Taliban rulers rejected suggestions that Osama bin Laden, whom they are sheltering, could be behind the devastating terrorist attacks in the United States Tuesday. "We have tried our best in the past, and we are willing in the future to assure the United States in any kind of way we can that Osama is not involved in these kinds of activities," the Taliban's foreign minister, Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, told reporters.
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and congressional leaders sought to calm a shaken nation and show the government was functioning and determined after Tuesday\'s deadly terrorist attacks. From the Oval Office, Bush pledged to \"find those responsible and bring them to justice.\"
NEW YORK--Anxious consumers in various parts of the country lined up for an hour or more to fuel up on gasoline costing as much as $5 a gallon amid fears supplies would be disrupted following Tuesday\'s terrorist attacks. As gasoline wholesalers and retailers quickly raised prices, the nation\'s largest oil companies immediately tried to allay consumers' worries by freezing their prices and pledging to keep distribution steady.
Sports came to a standstill Tuesday in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, with major league baseball postponing a full schedule of regular-season games for the first time since D-Day in 1944. The daily grind of professional and college practices halted as athletes and their coaches tried to come to grips with the tragedy.
WASHINGTON -- Air Force F-16s patrolled the skies over Washington, Navy warships were sent to Manhattan, and military commanders ordered forces on highest alert after Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
"TERROR." The word screamed in banner headlines across the country Tuesday, as newspapers put out extras, added pages and dropped ads to report the boldest terrorist attacks ever on U.S. soil. One of the many papers that used that single word was the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel with a subhead saying: 'Attacks rip Trade Center, Pentagon, America's Soul.'
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - A passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 called on his cell phone from a locked bathroom and delivered a chilling message. "We are being hijacked, we are being hijacked!" Minutes later the jetliner crashed in western Pennsylvania with 45 people aboard, the last of four closely timed terror attacks across the country.
LOS ANGELES -- Terrorist attacks involving four jetliners bound for California brought the state to a near standstill Tuesday, closing government buildings, offices, airports and even Disneyland.
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Two United Airlines jetliners crashed Tuesday morning, one in western Pennsylvania and the second at a location the airline did not immediately disclose. A total of 110 people were aboard the two planes, the airline said.
Air traffic around the nation was paralyzed Tuesday as stunned travelers watched television screens in horror over the smoking wreckage caused by apparent terrorist attacks at New York\'s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all outbound flights grounded following the fiery twin disaster at the World Trade Center. Runways were kept open for incoming flights. \"Anybody that is planning on going somewhere isn\'t going anywhere at least for now,\" said James Kerr, deputy director at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AP) -- As chaos unhinged New York and Washington, President George W. Bush commanded the full force of the United States government to \"hunt down and to find\" the terrorists responsible. \"Terrorism against our nation will not stand,\" he declared Tuesday.
This week, Wall Street will be looking for any news that provides an indication of a rebound in the economy. Last Friday, the Labor Department said that unemployment reached 4.9 percent. The figure was worse than many on Wall Street were expecting; unemployment is now at its highest level in nearly four years. Major markets took the news badly, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all closed in the red.