Airline Security Questions Scrapped

The three-day flight ban over New York would prohibit news helicopters, corporate jets and small planes carrying packages and hospital patients from flying from 17 airports, he said.

"We would hope that they would not forget the impact that this proposal would put on general aviation and they would give us equal consideration," Morningstar said.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which formally implements final decisions on flight restrictions through a so-called "notice to airmen," has yet to issue such a notice, FAA spokesman Scott Brenner said. A meeting will be held with government agencies Friday to further hash out the issues but no timetable has been set, he said.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents U.S. and foreign-owned airlines, had questioned why American-owned airlines are not included.

"If there are no restrictions on the U.S. and foreign airlines, then we're obviously pleased that the FAA understood the importance and significance of treating U.S. and foreign airlines equally," spokeswoman Wanda Warner said.

David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association, said restrictions on foreign-owned airlines for two days would have a ripple effect throughout the week. "The proposed plan would wreak havoc on the plans and schedules of airlines and passengers," he said.

Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the White House Office of Homeland Security, said the government had no specific information suggesting events commemorating Sept. 11 at those sites are terror targets. No firm decisions have been made on flight restrictions, he said.

The three attack sites will see temporary flight restrictions because President Bush plans to visit each of them, and such restrictions follow him wherever he goes, the official said.

— Associated Press

Bone Fragments Found on Roof Near WTC Site

N E W Y O R K, Aug. 29 — Construction workers on the roof of a badly damaged building near the World Trade Center site found three bone fragments, police said.

The fragments could not be immediately identified as human remains, and they were taken to the city medical examiner's office to be tested, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Williams.

The workers were atop 130 Liberty Street, owned by the Deutsche Bank, when they found the fragments at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The Deutsche Bank building was heavily damaged in the Sept. 11 attacks, when falling debris tore a gash in its facade.

Contaminated by mold and asbestos, the building was among the last in the area to be searched by firefighters for human remains.

— The Associated Press

NYC Firefighters Still Have 'WTC Cough'

N E W Y O R K, Sept. 9 — Nearly a year after rushing to the World Trade Center, nearly 600 firefighters and paramedics remain on leave or limited duty because of respiratory problems or stress, department officials reported Monday.

Out of the 300-plus firefighters who developed a severe and persistent condition dubbed "World Trade Center cough," about half are still on medical leave or light duty, or are awaiting evaluations for disability retirement.

In all, some 500 firefighters might eventually retire on disability because of respiratory problems, said Dr. David Prezant, the department's deputy chief medical officer. That is about 4 percent of the city's 11,500 firefighters.

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