New York commemorates Sept. 11 anniversary
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama stood Sunday before a memorial pool in the footprint of the first World Trade Center tower to fall and read a psalm from the Bible.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble," Obama said, quoting Psalm 46. "Therefore, we will not fear, even though the Earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling."
At the somber ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former President George W. Bush joined Obama, marking the first time the two came together at Ground Zero.
Bush read from a letter Abraham Lincoln had written to a mother who lost five sons in the Civil War and said Lincoln understood the "cost of sacrifice."
Reading from the letter, Bush said, "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."
On a clear day that recalled the morning of the terrorist attacks a decade ago, thousands of people observed moments of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane hit the North Tower and at 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit the South Tower.
Relatives of victims got their first closeup look at the National September 11th Memorial site, with pools in the footprints of each towers, a 30-foot waterfall cascading down all four sides of each and names of those killed at the World Trade Center in 2001 and in a 1993 bombing inscribed in bronze panels.
As Obama walked alongside the wall of the North Tower pool, he touched names on the wall.
In the crowd near the memorial, Chundera Epps, whose brother died on the 98th floor of the North Tower, said, "When it comes to family gatherings, that's when the hurt comes in. The first Thanksgiving, all we did was cry, we couldn't even eat."
Family members began reading the names of the nearly 3,000 victims killed in New York and when planes crashed into the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa.
Manhunt on for Florida bar shooters
PALMETTO, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Palmetto, Fla., said they kept a close eye overnight on the city's nightclubs after a bar shooting that left two people dead and 22 wounded.
Gunfire shortly after midnight Saturday erupted in the parking lot outside the Club Elite in what Police Chief Rick Wells said was the worst shooting in city history.
Police Lt. Scott Tyler told reporters that while the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, officers were "going to keep an eye on all our clubs and late-night businesses" to ensure security for Saturday night revelers.
The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald said there was talk among witnesses to the shooting that the gunfire was retaliation for some previous incident. Police said they
One of the victims was killed by the front door and the other was found inside. "We are pretty sure the shooting took place outside of the club," Tyler said. "We believe there were at least two shooters and we are aggressively working on some leads."
The Herald said most of the wounded were released from hospitals Saturday. One person, however, was in critical condition.
Report: Gadhafi loyalists fighting hard
TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Loyalists supporting deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi were putting up stiff resistance to reformist troops Sunday in Bani Walid, rebels said.
Heavy gunfire was reported early Sunday as National Transitional Council forces tried to take control of the city, southeast of Tripoli.
Several incursions into the city by rebels Saturday were unsuccessful, NTC chief negotiator Abdallah Kenshil told CNN.
While most of Libya has acceded to the pro-diplomacy movement, the cities of Bani Walid, Sirte and Sabha are heavily armed by loyalists to Gadhafi, whose autocracy spanned 42 years.
Two of Gadhafi's sons who served as military and intelligence officials in his regime are believed to be in Bani Walid, various international intelligence agencies said.
On the political front, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the NTC, was back in the capital Sunday for the first time since the political revolution began in February. He was Gadhafi's justice minister, but defected to the rebel cause when pro-democracy demonstrations began.
Japan atomic leak 3 times first estimate
TOKYO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Radiation leakage from a Japanese nuclear plant after this year's earthquake and tsunami is three times higher than first thought, officials said Sunday.
A report to be presented Sept. 19 to the Atomic Energy Society of Japan says the amount of radiation in water that leaked from damaged reactors at the Fukushima power plant and airborne radioactive materials that fell into the Pacific Ocean was three times initial estimates, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.
A massive earthquake March 11 triggered a tsunami that did double damage to the coastal nuclear facility and caused a core meltdown in one of its six reactors.
The initial estimate of radiation leakage by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 4,700 terabecquerels of radioactive substances were released in liquid and vapor, although researcher Takuya Kobayashi said in his report the actual amount was closer to 15,000 terabecquerels.
The research paper said not all radioactive elements were included in the estimate, meaning the amount of radiation dispersed could be even higher.
Quake radiation, politics, worry Japanese
TOKYO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A wide majority of Japanese worry the radiation released by the March 11 earthquake could have an impact on their health, a survey released Sunday indicated.
The Yomiuri Shimbun poll said 68 percent of Japanese were concerned they or their families could be harmed by the radioactive material that escaped from the Fukushima No. 1 plant outside Tokyo following the massive quake and tsunami.
The concerns were highest at 76 percent in the Tohoku and Kanto regions around Tokyo and northeaster Honshu. Other regions of Japan averaged 50 percent to 60 percent.
Another 80 percent said they worried another major quake could hit the specific areas where they live.
Opinions on the government's response to the disaster varied with 82-percent saying the Self-Defense Forces performed well, but only 3 percent saluting the lawmakers in the Diet and 6 percent saying the government overall did a good job. Yomiuri Shimbun said the low marks for Tokyo indicated dissatisfaction with the political wrangling that went on between the ruling and opposition parties.
The Yomiuri Shimbun poll was conducted Sept. 3-4. Of 3,000 random voters contacted, 1,673 responded. The margin of error was not announced.