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Sixteen years ago, it was a beautiful enough morning that Pete Olson, a staffer in the U.S. Senate, chose to drive from suburban Virginia into work with his Jeep’s top down. Just as the future Sugar Land-based congressman passed the Pentagon, his wife called to tell him a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center buildings.  

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Fourteen years ago today, nearly 3,000 lives were lost. And even more were changed after the 9/11 attacks.  To mark the day, the group Entrepreneurs For North Texas hosted what it calls “Freedom Day.” A thousand volunteers -- including 300 veterans -- spent the day in the woods south of downtown Dallas, helping the nonprofit Equest, which uses horse therapy with veterans and disabled kids.

 

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Fourteen years ago today, nearly 3,000 lives were lost. And even more were changed after the 9/11 attacks.  To mark the day, the group Entrepreneurs For North Texas hosted what it calls “Freedom Day.” A thousand volunteers -- including 300 veterans -- spent the day in the woods south of downtown Dallas, helping the nonprofit Equest, which uses horse therapy with veterans and disabled kids.

 

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all flags in Texas to be flown at half-staff to remember victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Isaac Feliciano dropped his wife off at the subway so she could get to her job at Marsh & McLennan, in the south tower of the World Trade Center. Then, he headed to work himself — at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he's worked for the past 21 years.

When the plane struck the tower, even as far away as he was, Feliciano was still able to see the damage firsthand.

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A $26 million visitor complex honoring the victims of Flight 93 was dedicated and opened to the public on Thursday. The United Airlines plane was one of four hijacked by al-Qaida on Sept. 11, 2001, and the only flight that didn't reach its target.

Passengers forced the terrorists in control of the plane to deliberately crash it in rural Pennsylvania. Forty crew and passengers were killed, along with the four hijackers.

Their presumed target was the U.S. Capitol.

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Yesterday, President Obama announced plans for air strikes in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist group ISIS - and today marks 13 years since the 9/11 attacks. The question has resurfaced: how similar is ISIS to Al Qaeda? Two foreign policy experts debated that today on Think ahead of a panel discussion at SMU.

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Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Here’s a look at some of the ways North Texans are honoring what happened in 2001:

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Atwell Middle School in Dallas got an extreme makeover yesterday. Nearly 500 volunteers spent the day cleaning, painting and redecorating the school as part of “Freedom Day”, the day of service to honor the victims of 9-11.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Today is Sept. 11, a lawsuit has been filed by the family of the woman killed at Six Flags Over Texas, swearing on cable TV, and  more. 

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It was a homecoming for an Oak Cliff family on Berwick Avenue Tuesday morning.  Dora Fuller and her adult son returned to the neighborhood and a new home after a devastating fire last year.

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Dallas Police say they’ve made major changes to the city’s 911 call center. The overhaul comes after a  woman’s frantic call for help was not dispatched as an emergency. She was later found murdered. 

The horrifying 911 call made by Deanna Cook has been released. WFAA obtained copies of the call she made the day she was killed. In that final call Cook never speaks to the operator directly, but can be heard begging her attacker not to hurt her.

In DFW, Serving Was Remembering

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Eleven years to the day since 9/11, memories remained strong Tuesday at ceremonies across North Texas.

Tarrant Public Health officials say a Fort Worth resident in his late 70’s with underlying medical conditions is the sixth Tarrant County death.

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In the eleven years since the World Trade Center attacks, Muslims have at times been the target of suspicion and anger. In response, some North Texas Muslims have made it their goal to change perceptions about their religion.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for cutting-off funding to the Texas Women’s Health Program.

In the filing, the Attorney General calls the decision to rescind funds for 90% of the family planning and cancer screening program “arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with law.”

Sebelius says Texas is violating Medicaid rules by banning abortion providers, or any organization affiliated with an abortion provider, from participating in the Women’s Health Program.