US Marks 14th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

US Marks 14th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks
The United States marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on Friday.

President Barack Obama, with his wife and White House staff, observed a public moment of silence Friday morning on the White House lawn. In the afternoon, the president will hold a town hall meeting with service members at Fort Meade just outside Washington to talk with those Americans helping to keep the country safe.

The Pentagon will host a private remembrance ceremony in the morning for family members of those lost in the attack on the Department of Defense building. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will lead a public ceremony there in the afternoon.

Nationwide observances

Additional observances are planned across the country in remembrance of the day when four airplanes carried out suicide attacks on the U.S. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York, another hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before reaching its likely target of Washington. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including 19 of the perpetrators.

Families of victims in New York will gather Friday for a ceremony with tollilng bells and a reading of names of those killed in the terrorist attack.


Near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania, the Flight 93 National Memorial is marking the completion of its visitor center in memory of the 40 passengers and crewmembers who carried out a sustained assault against the hijackers for control of the plane. 

Memorials have been erected elsewhere, too.

In New York, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum operates where the World Trade Center's twin towers once stood. The museum houses artifacts and photographs connected to the attack. 

At the Pentagon, the 184 people who died there are honored with 184 benches over pools of water.


Florida Man Arrested in Alleged 9/11 Anniversary Bomb Plot
U.S. federal agents have arrested a Florida man for allegedly being part of a plot to set off a bomb during Friday's September 11 memorial service in  Kansas City, Missouri.

The Justice Department said Thursday that Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, handed out information to an undercover FBI agent on how to build a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the bombs that killed three and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Goldberg allegedly told the agent to fill the bomb with nails, pieces of metal and rat poison, and put it at the September 11 memorial.

Goldberg faces 20 years in prison if he is tried and convicted.

Cities across the country, including Kansas City, on Friday will remember the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed about 3,000 people in New York City, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


US Vice President Biden Unsure About Running for President
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in an emotional interview he is not sure whether he is ready to launch a presidential campaign after the recent death of his son.

Biden appeared on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night.

Biden told the new host of the show that anyone who runs for president must commit with his or her whole heart, soul, energy and compassion to the job.

"I'd be lying if I said that I knew I was there," Biden told Colbert. 

Biden's son, Beau, who urged his father to run for president, died in May from brain cancer.

The vice president said he "lost it" recently when greeting military service members and their families in Denver, Colorado when one of the service members said he had served with Beau in Iraq. "I shouldn't be saying this: you can't do that," Biden said, in a reference to crying and the possibility of running for president.

In December of 1972, Biden lost his wife and his daughter in a car crash that injured Beau and his other son, Hunter. 

Asked by Colbert how he perseveres, Biden said his Catholic faith has given him an "enormous sense of solace."

This is Stephen Colbert's debut week of hosting The Late Show, taking over duties from David Letterman. Colbert interviewed Jeb Bush earlier this week about running for president. He has also booked an interview with Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.
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