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CY M K America Under Siege s e rv i n g t h e w e s t e r n t r e a s u r e va l l e y w w w. i d a h o p r es s . c o m PRICE: 50 ce nts Inquiry focuses on bin Laden WEDNESDAY September 12, 2001 Midnight body count ➤  266 people died in the four airliner crashes on Tuesday, including: ■  92 on American Airlines #11, the first plane to hit the twin towers ■  65 on United Airlines #175, the second plane to hit the towers ■  64 on American Airlines #77 in the Pentagon crash ■  45 on United Airlines #93 when it crashed southeast of Pittsburgh ➤ On Tuesday afternoon, about 2,100 people were reported injured in New York, and at least five had died in hospitals, but 50,000 work at the World Trade Center where the attack occurred. Thousands are still missing. At least six people were seen falling out of the 1,300-foot towers. ■ 78 New York police officers and up to 200 New York fire fighters missing. ■ 100-800 reported missing at the Pentagon. ➤ Today rescuers reported hearing cries for help and other signs of life from the World Trade Center debris. By Karen Gullo and John Solomon The Associated Press 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. Authorities were focusing some of their efforts on possible bin Laden supporters in Florida based on the identification of a suspected hijacker on one of the manifests of the four jets that crashed, law enforcement officials said. The FBI was preparing to search locations in Broward County in south Florida and the Daytona Beach area in central Florida, Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Rick Morera said. Inside ■ Panic-stricken people line up at gas pumps; what happened on Tuesday; President Bush speaks to the country, Page 2 ■ City begins massive rescue effort, Page 3 ■ Victims, witnesses recount Trade Center attacks, Page 4 ■ Defense Chief predicts attacks; Passenger phones in hijack in Pennsylvania crash; Buildings on expert’s short list of targets, Page 5 ■ Bin Laden focus of investigators; killing innocent people for political reasons an old tactic; Schools attempt to ease kids’ minds, Page 6 ■ Bush heightens security, promises justice; Sorrow gives way to anger across the country; West Bank, Gaza celebrate Tuesday’s terror, Page 7 ■ U.S. Flag you can display, Page 8 Please see Inquiry, Page 3 Attacks may hurt economy Inside this section, your regular daily newspaper includes these stories ■ Local law enforcement authorities tighten security across valley, 1A ■ Nampa police officer visiting D.C. recalls day of attack, 1A ■ Travelers stranded at Boise airport, 1A ■ Horrific television scenes stun viewers, 1A ■ Reactions, 3A ■ Canyon motorists line up to fill tanks in anticipation of sudden gas price hikes, 4A ■ Fiesta Idaho canceled, despite story on 1C. See brief on 4A ■ Canyon County authorities prepare should disaster hit, 4A ■ NNU students discuss terrorism, 4A ■ Special religious services planned in Treasure Valley, 4A ■ Idaho security tightens, 6A ■ Teachers talk to students about attacks, 6A ■ Editorial and columns, 10A Dear Reader: As the stories of this tragedy unfold, we want to know your thoughts. Please call the newsroom at 465-8172 to leave your voice messages. Call 465-8158 if you have stories related to the tragedies. Send comments to Watch our Web site at for new developments. Copyright © 2001 Printed on recycled newsprint Vol. 22, No. 74, 36 pages on the web: ■ By Marti Crutsinger AP Economics Writer AP Firefighters raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday after hijackers crashed two airliners into the center, killing thousands of Americans. At top of page, Karen Scienksi cries while praying during a vigil service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas Tuesday. The church held an open house for people to pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Rescuers scour the rubble Officials say establishing death toll could take weeks By David Crary and Jerry Schwartz AP National Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of rescue workers today are searching for victims in the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States. The entire world is reeling from the news that knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its Customer service: 467-9252 ■ twin 110-story towers.The deadly calamity was witnessed on televisions across the world as another plane slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh. ‘‘Today, our nation saw evil,’’ President Bush said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives were ‘‘suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.’’ Said Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet: ‘‘We have been attacked like we haven’t since Pearl Harbor.’’ Establishing the death toll could take weeks. The four airliners alone had classifieds: 467-9253 ■ switchboard: 467-9251 266 people aboard and there were no known survivors. Officials put the number of dead and wounded at the Pentagon at about 100 or more, with some news reports suggesting it could rise to 800. In addition, a union official said he feared 300 firefighters who first reached the scene had died in rescue efforts at the trade center — where 50,000 people worked — and dozens of police officers were missing. ‘‘The number of casualties will be more than most of us can bear,’’ a visibly distraught Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said. Please see Terror, Page 3 ■ news hot line: 465-8124 ■ WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s terror attacks 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. The Fed’s promise to supply additional money to the banking system was similar to a pledge it issued on the morning after the October 1987 stock market crash. That action was credited with keeping the economy out of recession. Private analysts, however, said the Fed’s magic of lower interest rates and ample supplies of cash may not be enough to overcome Tuesday’s series of attacks. ‘‘The economy has been on a highwire act straddling between a recession and anemic growth. Now the terrorists have cut the wire underneath our feet,’’ said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. ‘‘The United States and the rest of the world are likely to experience a full-blown recession now.’’ ■ Stock market closed today, 1D. sports: 465-8111 ■ fastrak: 466-8701

31 Days After Sept. 11, 2001

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