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    A Los Angeles elementary school teacher was charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen students after a film processor gave authorities bondage-style photographs showing children in blindfolds with their mouths taped, and some with cockroaches on their faces, authorities said Tuesday.

  • Illustration: 9/11 by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    KEPHART: What now?

    On July 23, 2001, a former senior Iranian intelligence officer,Abolghasem Mr. Mesbahi,learned that Iran's plan to strike the United States had been activated. Mr. Mesbahi knew it was important and real because he had worked on this plan previously, when he had helped set up Iran's intelligence service, the MOIS, as far back as the mid-1980s. Mr. Mesbahi - known outside Iran as one of a core of "Assassins"- told German intelligence, which had given him protected status as a key witness in German prosecutions of brutal Iranian assassinations of dozens of dissidents.

  • Artist Douwe Blumberg, left, watches as a tarp is removed from his "De Opresso Liber" statue, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in New York. The 16-foot bronze statue honoring the U.S. special operations response to 9/11 was expected to be unveiled Nov. 11, 2011, by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Commando monument near ground zero unveiled on Veterans Day

    The first statue near ground zero to salute the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will not depict a New York firefighter or policeman — but a lone U.S. commando on horseback in the Afghan mountains.

  • Al Qaeda says Iran's 9/11 theory 'ridiculous'

    Al Qaeda has sharply criticized Iran's president over his suggestions that the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks and not al Qaeda, dismissing the comments as "ridiculous."

  • Michael Lehrman, executive managing director of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co., bows his head at one of two memorial pools at ground zero in New York on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 600 employees from Cantor Fitzgerald lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center's twin towers. (AP Photo, Carolyn Cole, Pool)

    9/11 memorial plaza in N.Y. opens to public

    The plot of land known for a decade as "the pile," ''the pit" and "ground zero" opened to the public Monday for the first time since that terrible morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, transformed into a memorial consisting of two serene reflecting pools ringed by the chiseled-in-bronze names of the nearly 3,000 souls lost.

  • An American flag is unfurled Sunday near the Eiffel Tower in Paris to mark the decennial of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. From Moscow to Manila and elsewhere around the globe, somber observances paid tribute to those who lost their lives 10 years ago. (Associated Press)

    Worldwide observances of 9/11 produce kaleidoscope of memories

    The worlds of politics, sports, entertainment, fashion and art paused Sunday to remember a day of tragedy and a decade of loss, struggle and renewal sparked by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  • Media pause to reflect on Sept. 11 anniversary

    For all the journalistic firepower gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, the small moments captured by cameras resonated most deeply.

  • A uniform from the NYPD is displayed during a special service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, at a church in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The U.S. team will play Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup game later today. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    9/11 remembered in worldwide ceremonies

    Ten years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and millions of citizens are pausing to reflect.

  • The Tribute in Light shines above lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center, left, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in New York. Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A changed America: Marking 10 years since 9/11

    Ten years on, Americans come together Sunday where the World Trade Center soared, where the Pentagon stands as a fortress once breached, where United Airlines Flight 93 knifed into the earth.

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