Father of Five Died in Afghan Crash

FBI bomb expert Gerry Fornino said every vehicle was searched before being junked.

"The things we would clean out of our own cars on a Saturday morning and throw away — these are the things we now save for people," he said.

Museums including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., have visited looking for artifacts, Luongo said.

Pieces of bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin were sent back to their owner, the Cantor-Fitzerald brokerage.

Other than the flight recorders, which remain missing, pieces of the two Boeing 767s are of no value to investigators. "We know what happened," Luongo said. "We've seen it many times."

—The Associated Press

Sept. 11 Hasn’t Scared Off Hollywood

N E W Y O R K, June 14 — The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have apparently had little effect on filmmakers who want to make movies in New York City.

"New York never loses its luster, no matter where you set down your camera you get a good shot," said Julianne Cho, publicity director of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting.

Comedies and crime dominate the summer shooting schedule, according to the office. Romantic comedies filming are The Chambermaid, with Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.

Comedies include Analyze That, with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, A Mighty Wind, with Christopher Guest, and Anger Management, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. Woody Allen also is slated to make a yet-to-be-titled new film.

Spike Lee will be shooting The 25th Hour, a crime drama with Edward Norton and Tobey Maquire. Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo will star in the crime-thriller In the Cut.

Dramas include Molly Gunn, with Brittany Murphy, about a socialite who takes a job as a nanny, and Angels in America, with Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, an HBO film adaptation of a play about gay life.

—The Associated Press

Senate Blocks Plan to Limit Suits Against Corporate Terror Victims

W A S H I N G T O N, June 14 — A presidential veto threat now hangs over Senate legislation designed to help cover the costs of insurance against future terrorist attacks.

Democrats blocked a GOP amendment to eliminate punitive damages in lawsuits against companies whose buildings are hit by terrorists.

"If we're serious about making a law and not simply playing legislative games, we ought to pass a bill that has some chance of being signed," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

President Bush is likely to veto the terrorism insurance bill if it gets out of Congress, Republicans said Thursday.

The White House also released a statement saying the Senate bill would be unacceptable without tort reform. "The administration cannot support enactment of any terrorism insurance bill that leaves the nation's economy and victims of terrorist acts subject to predatory lawsuits and punitive damages," the White House said.

Democrats didn't care. The Senate, by a 50-46 party-line vote, rejected the GOP amendment.

Republicans accused Democrats of trying to protect trial lawyers in an election year, but Democrats said Republicans were looking out for businesses that are major GOP donors.

Democrats said limiting punitive damages would only allow corporations to slack off on their security at the cost of their workers' lives.

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