WASHINGTON (AP)-- Consumer confidence nudged up, shoppers opened their pocketbooks wider and sales of previously owned homes jumped, suggesting that the nation's economic recovery remains on track.
The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 109.8 in May, up from a revised 108.5 in April.
FBI suspects hijackers took about a dozen test runs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI agents are interviewing flight crews, watching security tapes and reviewing manifests as they piece together evidence the Sept. 11 hijacking leaders surveilled airports and possibly took a dozen test runs aboard jetliners, law enforcement officials said.
The agents have some testimony that Mohammed Atta and his accomplices may have taken pictures of airline cockpits, and surveyed the security at airport boarding gates, the officials said, speaking only on condition of anonymity.
FBI experts are still analyzing the wealth of information -- from hazy post-Sept. 11 recollections of witnesses to specific airline ticket purchases.
Key lawmaker says FBI reform necessary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI -- whose director is preparing a plan to overhaul the agency -- must go through a "big learning curve" to be adequately equipped to fight terrorism, a key congressman says.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss' remarks Sunday came as Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle disclosed that President Bush asked him not to seek an outside commission to investigate pre-Sept. 11 intelligence failures.
Goss, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said he doesn't think the FBI is capable at this point of doing the intelligence work necessary to fight domestic terrorism.
"I think they've got to go through a big learning curve, a lot of readjustment," said Goss, R-Fla.
The FBI said Sunday that Director Robert Mueller will soon announce his plan to reorganize the agency to better combat terrorism. It will include a new team in Washington to centralize anti-terrorist efforts and ensure all intelligence is evaluated thoroughly, officials have said.
CIA spokesman Bill Harlow said more than two dozen agency analysts and at least one senior manager from its Directorate of Intelligence will assist Mueller's reorganization.
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