Guidelines sent by the White House to U.S. government officials around the world about how to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary focus on honoring the victims, stressing the need to be prepared for another attack and recognizing that other nations have also been targeted by terrorists, The New York Times reports this morning.
The news that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children have fled to Algeria underscores "the biggest fear" for many Libyans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Tripoli — that Gadhafi will elude capture and that his forces will continue to battle for weeks, months or perhaps years.
The death toll from Hurricane Irene and the storm's aftermath continues to grow. As the day begins, The Associated Press says there are now 40 confirmed fatalities — up from 35 as of Monday afternoon. And, the AP adds, towns in New England continued to battle "epic floods and millions faced the dispiriting prospect of several days without electricity."
"As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years," the Pew Research Center reports today.
In Mankato, Minnesota, a policeman encountered two young stepsisters out for a late-night walk with their goat. The girls said he lived in their bedroom closet. The officer discovered the stepsisters had seen the goat at the Sibley Park Zoo and decided to liberate it.
When there's big news, Twitter has a way to measure. They call it tweets per second or TPS for short. When Osama bin Laden was killed, Twitter hit 5,000 TPS. At the end of the U.S.-Japan Women's World Cup Final, the service clocked above 7,000 TPS. After Beyonce announced she was pregnant, Twitter ramped up to 8,868 TPS.