Present Memory: Inside the National 9/11 Museum

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The museum opens almost 13 years after 9/11 to tell the story of the victims and preserve the history of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

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Controversial Pastor Terry Jones arrested before he could burn Qurans

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The controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Fla., before he could burn almost 3,000 Qurans.  

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WATCH LIVE: New York City commemorates 9/11 with the ‘Tribute in Light’

The “Tribute in Light” returns for one night as a tribute to all those who were lost on September 11th. The lights, located in lower Manhattan, will begin at sunset on September 11, 2013 and fading away at dawn on September 12th. 

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'Let us have the strength to face down the threats that endure'

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Across the country, Americans pause to remember those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks that shook the nation 12 years ago.

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9/11 ‘hero dog’ saved woman trapped in rubble for 27 hours

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in her office in the World Trade Center when she heard a terrible noise outside. As she raced down the stairs, she felt the building collapse around her.

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New York City’s One World Trade became the the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet when this photo was taken by our own Anne Thompson on May 10, 2013.

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Balancing emotion and history: A rare look inside the 9/11 museum

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While artifacts are installed and construction continues 9/11 Memorial visitors will have to wait until the Museum opens in Spring of 2014 to see the exhibits first-hand.

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World Trade Center developer seeks billions in 9/11 damages from airlines

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A federal judge in New York heard initial arguments Monday in a trial in which the developer of the World Trade Center argues that he should get billions of dollars from the airlines whose jets plowed into the Twin Towers almost 12 years ago.

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Search for human remains at 9/11 plane debris site in NYC begins

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Workers for the New York City medical examiner’s office have begun sifting soil for possible human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a chunk of airplane debris believed to have come from one of the 9/11 hijacked jetliners was found.

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BREAKING: Part of destroyed 9/11 plane landing gear found by World Trade Center site, police say

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A 5-foot-long piece of debris found near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan is being examined as a possible fragment of a plane that hit one of the towers more than 11 years ago, NBC 4 New York has learned.

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Honoring those lost on September 11, 2001

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From NBC News and wire services - Thousands gather Tuesday in New York, suburban Washington and rural Pennsylvania to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, but at the somber day’s biggest venue, Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, this year’s observance will be missing a key feature from years past: politicians’ voices.

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The National September 11 Memorial at dusk

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By John Makely / NBC News - As night falls, the National September 11 Memorial takes on a whole different feeling. Crowds become sparse, construction ceases and the traffic of lower Manhattan seems to fade away. You are left with the sounds of cascading water and the rustling of trees.  There is no better place to reflect on what happened on September 11, 2001, and the lives that were lost.

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9/11 memorial to cost $60 million a year to operate

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With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

But all that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag.

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Last beam lifted into place atop 4 World Trade Center

The final steel beam, signed by a group of construction workers was lifted by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre World Trade Center site when it opens in the fall of 2013. 

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Barack Obama visits World Trade Center

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Ground Zero in New York City to review the construction of the iconic 104-story skyscraper that replaces the World Trade center towers destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.