Recent developments related to Tuesday's terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon:
-- President Bush plans to activate up to 50,000 National Guardsmen and Reservists to aid recovery and security, The Associated Press learned. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wants the troops, the largest number called up since Persian Gulf War, to support air patrols over New York and Washington and remain alert elsewhere.
-- Senate approved $40 billion in emergency aid Friday to help victims and hunt culprits. Also gave official consent for president to use force to retaliate and passed measure to make suspicion of terrorism valid legal reason to get wiretap.
-- Rescuers at World Trade Center site face a new obstacle: rain that turned dust to muck and made footing treacherous.
-- Searchers at Pentagon find flight data and voice recorders of hijacked plane Friday, a day after investigators find data recorder from Pennsylvania crash site.
-- About a dozen travelers of Middle Eastern descent who were detained at two New York airports were cleared Friday of any connection with the attacks. One person remained in custody, according to the FBI's New York office. That person may be released.
-- Secretary of State Colin Powell identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the attacks.
-- Americans participate in national day of prayer and remembrance.
-- Jetliners slowly return to the nation's skies as travelers go through heightened security measures.
-- New York officials say nearly 5,000 people have been reported missing or confirmed dead near World Trade Center.
-- Pentagon says death toll there ranges from 190 to 250.
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