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Guantánamo judge bows to prosecution, reinstates joint 5-man 9/11 trial

An alleged terrorist will be tried with four others including Sept. 11 mastermind Ramzi bin al Shibh after a judge reversed course on his decision to split the five-man trial.

In this pool photo of a Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, defendant Ramzi Bin al Shibh, center, attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, April 14, 2014. From right to left are Mustafa al Hawsawi, partially cut off, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Bin al Shibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheik Mohammad. JANET HAMLIN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this pool photo of a Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, defendant Ramzi Bin al Shibh, center, attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, April 14, 2014. From right to left are Mustafa al Hawsawi, partially cut off, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Bin al Shibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheik Mohammad. JANET HAMLIN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military judge in charge of the 9/11 terrorism trial bowed to a Pentagon prosecution protest Wednesday and agreed to go forward with a single, five-man, Sept. 11 death-penalty tribunal.

The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, had separated alleged 9/11 plot deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh, 42, on July 24 to have his own trial. He cited bin al Shibh’s unique conflict-of-interest and competency issues as slowing progress in the trial of alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and three other accused co-conspirators.

But prosecutors protested, in part, by citing the potential trauma that two trials might inflict on the families of the 2,976 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers allegedly trained and funded by the five defendants crashed passenger planes into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and a Pennsylvania field.

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9/11 responders have one month left to apply for workers’ compensation

Just one month remains for first responders and volunteers who helped in 9/11 recovery efforts to register for future workers’ compensation benefits with the state, in the instance they fall ill from their work at Ground Zero. (AP Photo/Alejandra Villa, Pool)

Just one month remains for first responders and volunteers who helped in 9/11 recovery efforts to register for future workers’ compensation benefits with the state, in the instance they fall ill from their work at Ground Zero. (AP Photo/Alejandra Villa, Pool)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just one month remains for first responders and volunteers who helped in 9/11 recovery efforts to register for future workers' compensation benefits with the state should they fall ill.

Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that extended the registration deadline and expanded the list of covered illnesses to include psychological ailments and certain respiratory tract problems.

Thousands of responders are still eligible, but they must register before Sept. 12.

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Alleged 9/11 plotters don Palestinian attire in courtroom Gaza protest

Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the others return to court for a four-hour hearing, their only one of the week, that goes no further in resolving what defense lawyers consider a paralyzing conflict-of-interest question.

Left to right: Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash and Khalik Sheik Mohammad, pray at their arraignment Saturday, May 5, 2012. Sketch reviewed and approved for release by a U.S. military security official. JANET HAMLIN ILLUSTRATION / JANET HAMLIN, SKETCH ARTIST

Left to right: Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash and Khalik Sheik Mohammad, pray at their arraignment Saturday, May 5, 2012. Sketch reviewed and approved for release by a U.S. military security official. JANET HAMLIN ILLUSTRATION / JANET HAMLIN, SKETCH ARTIST

Lawyers for the 9/11 accused sparred with a federal attorney Thursday over whether FBI agents secretly questioning their staff stirred a potential ethical issue that paralyzes progress in the case. The judge didn’t resolve it.

Meanwhile, the alleged Sept. 11 plotters waged a silent protest by donning Palestinian attire. The alleged mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, wore a black checked headdress to court instead of his typical red one and his nephew, Ammar al Baluchi, traded his usual Kuwaiti headscarf for a Palestinian skullcap in what defense attorney James Connell called a “mute, silent expression of solidarity with the people of Gaza.”

David Nevin said his client Mohammed — who once bragged he was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks “from A to Z” — was so disturbed by news accounts that he had written President Barack Obama directly, about Gaza and “a number of matters.” He called the headscarf switch “a statement of solidarity for the Gazans, for the Palestinians, about what is going on in Gaza right now.”


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/14/4290191/guantanamo-911-plotters-don-palestinian.html#storylink=cpy

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Dust From 9/11 May Have Led to Complicated Pregnancies and Premature Birth

Cloud of dust rolling through lower Manhattan on 9/11

Cloud of dust rolling through lower Manhattan on 9/11

Researchers have been trying to unravel the full extent of the health effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks ever since they occurred. The collapse of the skyscrapers released all sorts of toxic dust into the air, and figuring out exactly how this has affected people who were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and in the days that followed has been an ongoing challenge. New research from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, adds one piece to the puzzle: The dust may have led to a lot of pregnancy complications, premature births, and visits to neonatal intensive-care units.

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WTC sphere vetoed for 9/11 Memorial Plaza - Downtown Express"9/11" OR "Sept 11"

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08-15-2014Guantánamo judge bows to prosecution, reinstates joint 5-man 9/11 trial

08-15-20149/11 responders have one month left to apply for workers’ compensation

08-15-2014Alleged 9/11 plotters don Palestinian attire in courtroom Gaza protest

08-15-2014Dust From 9/11 May Have Led to Complicated Pregnancies and Premature Birth

05-16-2012WTC sphere vetoed for 9/11 Memorial Plaza - Downtown Express"9/11" OR "Sept 11"

05-16-2012Macedonia on trial for human rights abuses in US post-9/11 rendition case - The Guardian"9/11&q

05-16-20129-11 artifact to be displayed in Bonita Springs - The News-Press"9/11" OR "Sept 11&qu

05-16-2012Son’s 9/11 Death Spurs Parents To Tackle Childhood Mental Illness - Patch.com"9/11" OR &qu

05-16-20129/11 Cleanup Anniversary Event To Honor Responders - Huffington Post"9/11" OR "Sept 1

05-16-2012Iran Plotting Next 9/11? Intel Says ‘Yes’ - Christian Broadcasting Network"9/11" OR "

05-16-2012NY Legislature To Move Primary From Sept. 11 - Huffington Post"9/11" OR "Sept 11&quot

05-16-2012The Caucus: Bush and Clinton Team Up for 9/11 Memorial Fund-Raiser("9/11" |"9-11&quot

05-16-20129-11 steel piece on display at Windsor police department - The Coloradoan"9/11" OR "S

05-15-2012US Officials Sought to Testify in Gitmo 9/11 Trial - ABC News"9/11" OR "Sept 11"

05-15-2012Bush and Clinton Team Up for 9/11 Memorial Fund-Raiser - New York Times (blog)"9/11" OR &q

05-15-2012Hopes dashed for New York Morse code light on World Trade Center - FOX 4 News"9/11" OR &qu

05-15-2012Avalon to have Sept. 11 Memorial Plaza - Shore News Today"9/11" OR "Sept 11" OR

05-15-2012Legislature to move primaries off 9/11 - Newsday"9/11" OR "Sept 11" OR "9-1

05-15-20129/11 Memorial Chief Emphatically Says ‘No’ to Sphere on WTC Plaza - Tribeca Trib"9/11" OR

05-15-2012Defense lawyers in Sept. 11 case seek to question top US officials at ... - Washington Post"9/1

05-15-2012All Share Services - Salon"9/11" OR "Sept 11" OR "9-11" OR "World

05-15-2012US officials sought to testify in Gitmo 9/11 trial - Austin American-Statesman"9/11" OR &q

05-15-20129/11 cleanup anniversary event to honor responders - WSET"9/11" OR "Sept 11" OR

05-15-20129/11 cleanup anniversary event to honor responders - KTVN"9/11" OR "Sept 11" OR

05-08-20129/11 terrorists play games at trial