‘Angel of 9/11’: Face seen in twisted WTC beam

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At left, a piece of “Impact Steel,” a twisted girder from the North Tower of the World Trade Center that is now housed at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. At right, a close-up of the girder highlights what appears to be a shadowy face within the metal. 

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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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Bird’s eye view of WTC spire being positioned

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The Port Authority of NY & NJ has released a video of the view from the One World Trade Center spire as it was being placed atop of the building making it the tallest in the western hemisphere.

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World Trade Center becomes tallest US building at 1776 feet

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A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of One World Trade Center on Friday, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists.

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Cheers erupt as spire tops One World Trade Center

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A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of One World Trade Center on Friday, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists.

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Final pieces lifted to top of Freedom Tower

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Construction crews on Thursday hoisted the final steel spire that will top One World Trade Center and complete a piece of the New York City skyline missing since the 9/11 terror attacks.

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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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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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Statue of Liberty and One World Trade center in red, white and blue for the 4th

The Statue of Liberty, center right, and One World Trade Center, right, lit up in red, white and blue lights ahead of the Fourth of July holiday are seen from Bayonne, N.J., Monday, July 2, 2012.

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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.