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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the National Park Service $1.2 million to finish work on an access road at the 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The memorial in Shanksville marks the grounds where a hijacked United Airlines jet crashed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Investigators determined the hijackers likely planned to crash the plane in Washington, D.C., but were thwarted when the 40 passengers and crew fought back and the plane crashed in a field.
Each year, about 400,000 visitors to the memorial use the road.
A private group, the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, has said it still needs to raise about $5 million more to complete the entire memorial, which includes a learning center and a tower with 40 wind chimes.
Major rental car companies agree on safety-recall plan
ALBANY, N.Y. — Five of the biggest names in car rentals nationwide have agreed to stop leasing vehicles under safety recalls, a move that is expected to bolster pending legislation, according to two U.S. senators.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, told the Associated Press that the agreement involving Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Dollar Thrifty and National will pave the way for legislation covering the industry. The bill is expected to be voted on during the upcoming lame duck session in Congress.
“This historic agreement will be a major improvement in auto safety, particularly since rental car companies are the largest purchasers of new vehicles in the nation,” a coalition of consumer groups and relatives of people who died in rental-car crashes said in a statement.
$42.6M in trailer settlements approved after Gulf hurricanes OK’d
NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters.
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