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$2.8 Billion Fund for 9/11 Victims Re-Opens

Jim Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The government fund to compensate 9/11 victims re-opened Monday and is now taking applications.

People injured in the attacks or who spent time removing debris from Ground Zero, became sick and can link their illnesses to the site are eligible for some of the $2.8 billion additional dollars Congress set aside for their care.

The woman who oversees the fund promises fairness, transparency and ease for those whose lives were most affected by the 9/11 attacks.

Some $7 billion in claims have already been paid, but Congress re-activated the fund to expand the pool of claimants.

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Sept. 11 Memorial Services Underway 

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Memorial services are well underway to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will join Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner and family members of Flight 93 at the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The memorial honors those killed on Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, southeast of Pittsburgh.

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City will host a service Saturday at 2:00 p.m. honoring the 343 New York firemen who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in attendance.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join other New Jersey natives in commemorating  the 10th anniversary in the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial which displays the names of the 746 New Jersey residents killed in the attacks. The dedication will take place Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal, N.J. 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle will participate in a service project Saturday as part of National Day of Service to honor the Sept. 11 anniversary at 12:10 p.m.

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Explosives Licensees Warned ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(WASHINGTON) -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has sent a letter to individuals and businesses that are permitted to handle explosives in the United States as the 9/11 anniversary approaches reminding them to be vigilant about the security of their explosive products and stockpiles.

A letter was sent last week to the 11,000 ATF explosives licensees and permittees who work with fireworks and commercial explosives at demolition and mining companies.

The letter asserts that while there is no threat information concerning the upcoming 9/11 anniversary, individuals and businesses authorized to use explosives should increase their security measures to prevent theft.

“While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received no specific threat information associated with the anniversary to date, we encourage you to exercise increased awareness and vigilance as the anniversary approaches. The security of your explosives storage sites is very important, and you should heighten your security precautions in light of the anniversary,” the letter from Arthur Herbert the ATF’s Assistant Director Enforcement Programs and Services stated.

This is not the first time the ATF has encouraged security over explosives. After the 9/11 attacks the ATF pushed to meet with all members of the explosives industry from manufacturers, demolition firms to firework companies.

According to the ATF, more than 85 percent of the explosives used in the U.S. are used for mining operations.

Following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which was caused by a homemade bomb using ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the ATF established a partnership with The Fertilizer Institute to warn the agriculture industry about thefts or suspicious purchases of ammonium nitrate.

Under federal regulations, authorized users of explosives are required to report any theft to their stockpiles and stores.

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Countdown to 9/11: Ten Years Ago Today (August 15, 2001)

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ten years ago this month, America was more concerned about summer vacation than terror attacks. The big movie at the mall was American Pie II, which had just taken over the box office lead from Rush Hour II, and Beyonce was thinking about ditching her band for a solo career.

The big stories in the news were about shark attacks, wildfires and a missing Congressional intern named Chandra Levy. A teenage baseball player became a hero, and then a villain, after he pitched a perfect game at the Little League World Series. There were also inklings that something might be amiss at an energy company called Enron. By the summer of 2001, Americans had become all too familiar with "hanging chads," but few had ever heard of al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.

While the nation drifted through the dog days, however, a group of terrorists was in the final stages of planning a series of attacks that would kill 3,000 people on September 11. Much of the federal government seemed to have been in a summer daze as well, missing the warning signs of what would become the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil. While some in the intelligence community raised red flags, the White House had only vague information about an impending attack, hamstrung by the fact that the CIA was failing to share information with the FBI about the terrorists' travels.

ABC News is detailing what America was doing and what the hijackers were doing, day-by-day, in August and September 2001. Here's what was happening ten years ago, August 15, 2001 -- 27 days before 9/11:

  • FBI agents initiate an "intelligence investigation" into Zacarias Moussaoui after flight school instructors report concerns that he might be a terrorist.
  • 'We Are Going To Be Struck Soon:'  CIA counter-terrorism chief Cofer Black tells a Defense Department convention, "We are going to be struck soon, many Americans are going to die, and it could be in the U.S."
  • Future hijack pilot Marwan al-Shehhi purchases a one-week gym membership in Lantana, Florida. He and most of the other hijackers-in-training carry out physical fitness routines.
  • In the News:  The Pentagon announces that U.S. warplanes have bombed a radar site in Iraq in an attempt to disable the nation's increasingly effective air defenses, the second such attack in a week.

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Countdown to 9/11: Ten Years Ago Today (August 11, 2001)

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years ago this month, as the 9/11 hijackers were in the final stages of their attack preparations, the White House had vague warnings of an impending attack -- compounded by the fact the CIA was failing to share information with the FBI about the terrorists' travels -- and the country was focused on summer vacation, shark attacks, and a missing Congressional intern.

The following day-by-day countdown to tragedy, which will be updated daily through Sept. 11, provides a maddening chronology of the steps and missteps that would change America forever.

31 Days Before 9/11
August 11, 2001

  • "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child is the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • American Pie II is the top movie in box office receipts.
  • The major stories of the summer involve shark attacks and a missing intern in Washington, D.C., named Chandra Levy.
  • President Bush is on vacation in Crawford, Texas, where five days earlier he had been warned by the CIA of a possible attack in a paper titled: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." The document said al Qaeda members were believed to be in the U.S., and that a caller to the U.S. embassy in the United Arab Emirates said "a group of bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives." According to The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind, the president told the CIA briefing officer, "All right. You've covered your ass now."
  • All 19 hijackers are, in fact, already in the U.S. on visas obtained under their actual names.
  • On August 11, Hamza al-Ghamdi, who will be one of the hijackers in the second plane to hit the World Trade Center, buys a blue blazer at a Florida men's store.
  • Osama bin Laden has approved the targets and is only awaiting final word on which day the attack will occur.

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