U.S. Drops Bombs, Leaflets in Afghanistan

More than 5,000 people are dead, or presumed dead, after two hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers, another was flown into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Anthrax Sent to Daschle

In other developments:

Sen. Tom Daschle's office in Washington received a letter containing a powdery substance that tested positive for anthrax. The letter was postmarked Trenton, N.J., the same postmark as a letter sent to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw that also was contaminated with anthrax. See Story

When asked if there was evidence the anthrax-contaminated letters that have been turning up are linked to bin Laden, Bush said: "There may be some possible link. We have no hard data yet, but it is clear that Mr. bin Laden is an evil man. I wouldn't put it past him, but we don't have hard evidence yet."

In recent days there have been anthrax scares arising from letters containing suspicious powder worldwide. Among those hit were German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office, the French Space Agency and a major newspaper in Lithuania.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the current turmoil over terrorism and military action should not be used as a reason to delay a resumption of peace talks with Israel. The two met today in London, and Blair said he would like to see leaders on both sides take advantage of recent events to push harder for a resolution to the conflict.

New York City officials estimate the number of missing and presumed dead at the World Trade Center is 4,688. The number of confirmed dead is 450, and 395 remains have been identified. At the Pentagon, 189 were believed killed and another 44 were killed when the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed in Pennsylvania.

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