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U.S. readies for war; suspects identified

On the day after, stories of heroics on the ground, in the air Congress pledges funds for relief; NATO vows aid

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WASHINGTON — The United States yesterday moved unmistakably toward war. President Bush firmly denounced Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., as “acts of war” for the first time. Secretary of State Colin Powell worked to build an international coalition against terrorism. NATO ministers took an unprecedented stand to be ready to help. Congress tentatively pledged $20 billion to finance rescuing victims, rebuilding the Pentagon and retaliating against whoever did it. Authorities searching for Complete coverage, terrorists behind the deadly airliner attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center have identified a Related news in Local, team of as many as 50 infilBusiness, Sports, NW Life. trators who supported or For the latest updates: carried out the strikes, a source familiar with the investigation said yesterday. The source said 40 of the men have been accounted for, but that 10 remain at large. Agents searching cars and apartments up and down the East Coast found suicide notes that some of the hijackers wrote for their parents. Also recovered were credit-card receipts showing that some of the hijackers paid for flight training in the United

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A fireman screams in pain during his rescue after both towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed following Tuesday’s terrorist attack.

Passengers, pilot tried to foil hijackers SEATTLE TIMES NEWS SERVICES

As the nation reels over the coordinated terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon Tuesday, tales of heroism are beginning to emerge. Reports tell of at least two passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania while apparently headed toward Washington, D.C., calling their wives to say they would try to overpower their attackers.

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Pilot and the controllers The pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first airliner to hit the trade center Tuesday, secretly sent messages to controllers on the ground during the flight, according to a report in The Christian Science Monitor today. The paper, citing interviews with two unnamed air traffic controllers in Boston, said the pilot was apparently triggering a “push to

talk” switch in the cockpit, probably on the plane’s steering wheel, known as a yoke. “The button was being pushed intermittently most of the way to New York,” one of the controllers said. “He wanted us to know something was wrong. When he pushed the button and the terrorist spoke, we knew. There was this voice that was threatening the PLEASE SEE

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The fighter jets over Puget Sound yesterday were not for our amusement. They weren’t acrobats or daredevils. The F-15s and F-16s cruising skies clear of clouds and commercial aircraft flew under control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The mission of the Eagles and Fighting Falcons: patrolling for aircraft — planes that could be hijacked and flown into buildings. This was part of life the day after. President Bush, Gov. Gary Locke and other political leaders said Tuesday’s terrorist attack should not be allowed to change Americans. But who would ever have imagined planes crashing into buildings — on purpose — before Tuesday morning? “Life has to go on,” Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Washington, D.C. “We cannot be a people who are afraid to live.” But the death toll hadn’t even been tallied. There still PLEASE SEE

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