At least 8 dead af­ter shooting in North Texas

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NEW YORK -- While the U.S. con­tends with the de­struc­tion caused by two fe­ro­cious hur­ri­canes in three weeks, Amer­i­cans also are mark­ing the an­niver­sary of one of the na­tion’s most scar­ring days.

Thou­sands of 9/11 vic­tims’ rel­a­tives, sur­vivors, res­cuers and oth­ers are ex­pected to gather Mon­day at the World Trade Cen­ter to re­mem­ber the dead­li­est ter­ror at­tack on Amer­i­can soil.

Six­teen years later, the quiet rhythms of com­mem­o­ra­tion have be­come cus­toms: a recita­tion of all the names of the dead, mo­ments of si­lence and tolling bells, and two pow­er­ful light beams that shine through the night.

Yet each cer­e­mony also takes on per­sonal touches. Over the years, some name-read­ers have added mes­sages rang­ing from the uni­ver­sal (“the things we think sep­a­rate us re­ally don’t — we’re all part of this one Earth”) to the per­sonal (“I love you and miss you. Go Pack­ers!”).

“Thank you, New York, for con­tin­u­ing to honor the vic­tims of 9/11 and the priv­i­lege of read­ing their names,” Judy Bram Mur­phy added last year. She lost her hus­band, Brian Joseph Mur­phy.

Nearly 3,000 peo­ple died when hi­jacked planes slammed into the trade cen­ter, the Pen­tagon and a field near Shanksville, Penn­syl­va­nia, on Sept. 11, 2001, hurl­ing Amer­ica into a new con­scious­ness of the threat of global ter­ror­ism.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, a na­tive New Yorker ob­serv­ing the an­niver­sary for the first time as the na­tion’s leader, is sched­uled to ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence at about the time the first air­plane hit. The White House said he is to be joined by first lady Me­la­nia Trump.

He also planned to par­tici- In this Fri­day, Sept. 8, 2017 photo, the Na­tional Septem­ber 11 Memo­rial and Mu­seum, bot­tom, is sur­rounded by high-rise tow­ers in New York. The new tow­ers are: WTC 1, sec­ond from left, WTC 7, third from left, WTC 3, sec­ond from right, and WTC 4, right. Mon­day will mark the six­teenth an­niver­sary of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks. (AP) pate in a 9/11 ob­ser­vance at the Pen­tagon.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis and Gen. Joseph Dun­ford, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are host­ing a private ob­ser­vance for vic­tims’ rel­a­tives there at 9:11 a.m. Mon­day. Af­ter the names are read at that cer­e­mony, there’s a public ob­ser­vance, with a wreath-lay­ing and re­marks.

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and U.S. Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior Ryan Zinke are sched­uled to de­liver re­marks at the Flight 93 Na­tional Memo­rial near Shanksville. It’s on the ru­ral field where one of the air­lin­ers crashed af­ter pas­sen­gers and crew fought to wrest con­trol away from the ter­ror­ists who’d hi­jacked it and were head­ing for Washington.

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues at the Shanksville memo­rial, where ground was bro­ken Sun­day for a 93-foot (28 meters) tall Tower of Voices to honor the 33 pas­sen­gers and seven crew mem­bers who died.

The cer­e­mony amid the wa­ter­fall pools and lines of trees on the Na­tional Sept. 11 Memo­rial plaza strives to be apo­lit­i­cal: Politi­cians can at­tend, but since 2011, they haven’t been al­lowed to read names or de­liver re­marks.

Yet last year’s 15th-an­niver­sary cer­e­mony be­came en­tan­gled in the nar­ra­tive of a frac­tious pres­i­den­tial cam­paign when Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton left abruptly, stum­bled into a van and ul­ti­mately re­vealed she’d been di­ag­nosed days ear­lier with pneu­mo­nia.

The episode fed into ques­tions that then-Repub­li­can­nom­i­nee Trump had re­peat­edly raised about Clin­ton’s stamina and trans­parency. She took three days off to re­cover, and Trump used footage of her stag­ger in a cam­paign ad.

Trump has of­ten in­voked his mem­o­ries of 9/11 to high­light his home­town’s re­silience and re­spon­ders’ brav­ery. Some of his rec­ol­lec­tions have raised eye­brows, par­tic­u­larly re­marks while talk­ing about Mus­lims that “thou­sands of peo­ple were cheer­ing” in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the tow­ers fell. There is no ev­i­dence in news archives of mass cel­e­bra­tions by Mus­lims there.

Mean­while, re­build­ing and reimag­in­ing con­tin­ues at ground zero. The third of four planned of­fice tow­ers is set to open next year; so is a Greek Ortho­dox church, next to the trade cen­ter site, that was crushed by the South Tower’s col­lapse. Work to­ward a $250 mil­lion per­form­ing arts cen­ter con­tin­ues af­ter a de­sign was un­veiled last fall.

Most re­cently, plans were an­nounced this spring to trans­form a grassy clear­ing on the memo­rial plaza into a walk­way and area ded­i­cated to 9/11 res­cue and re­cov­ery work­ers, in­clud­ing those who died of ill­nesses years af­ter be­ing ex­posed to smoke, dust and ash at ground zero. (AP)

PLANO, Texas -- At least eight peo­ple are dead, in­clud­ing the sus­pect, af­ter a shooting at a home in Plano, Texas, au­thor­i­ties in North Texas said Sun­day night.

The shooting oc­curred around 8 p.m. in the city less than 20 miles (32.19 kilo­me­ters) north­east of Dal­las.

Plano po­lice spokesman David Til­ley said po­lice ini­tially re­sponded to a re­port of shots fired. When the first of­fi­cer ar­rived and went in­side the home, the of­fi­cer con­fronted the sus­pected shooter.

The of­fi­cer opened fire, Til­ley said, killing the sus­pect. Two oth­ers were in­jured in the shooting. Their con­di­tions were not re­leased.

The vic­tims and sus­pect have not been iden­ti­fied. All of those killed and in­jured were be­lieved to be adults.

Po­lice also have not de­ter­mined a mo­tive for the shooting. Ad­di­tional de­tails were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Til­ley said that a shooting of this mag­ni­tude was un­usual for Plano, es­pe­cially in such a quiet neigh­bor­hood. He could not say whether po­lice had been called to the home be­fore Sun­day.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. (AP)

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