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  • Welcome, students, teachers and viewers worldwide to CNN Student News.

  • Today is the 14th anniversary of the September 11th,

  • 2001 terrorists attacks on the U. S.

  • Now our in- depth coverage of that historic and tragic event

  • begins in just a couple minutes.

  • First up, a natural disaster in Japan.

  • Parts of the eastern mainland are unrecognizable.

  • A tropical storm named Etau made landfall there Monday,

  • dumping as much as two feet of rain over a region

  • that had already seen daily rainfall for weeks.

  • Officials say more than 170, 000 people have been evacuated.

  • The Japanese military has rescued dozens of people from their homes.

  • More rain and flooding are expected,

  • flooding being the most deadly part of storms.

  • The Pacific island nation is especially prone to typhoons,

  • tsunamis and earthquakes.

  • From Japan, we're moving over to South Africa,

  • where a professor claims to have discovered a new species of human relative.

  • In 2013, an amateur caver found a fossilized jaw bone

  • deep in an underground chamber.

  • It led to the largest discovery of its kind in the continent of Africa

  • and the director of the recovery expedition says

  • the find turned science on its head.

  • This is like opening up Tutankhamun's tomb.

  • Berger and his team of scientists say

  • they've uncovered a new species of the human family tree.

  • They call it Homo naledi.

  • What they found was extraordinary.

  • That's it.

  • A chamber of more than 1, 500 fossilized bones

  • coming up with the controversial conclusion

  • that this is a burial ground and that home owner neledi could've used fire to light the way.

  • It's extraordinarily human- like. It is in part.

  • Superficially, short fingers, long thumb.

  • Homo naledi is not human but at times, comes close.

  • The original fossils are a strange mosaic of ancient and surprisingly modern,

  • a brain no bigger than an orange but feet almost identical to ours.

  • Every one of these tells a story.

  • Every one of them is a mystery to size.

  • And leaves many unanswered questions.

  • They haven't been able to date the fossils yet,

  • so Homo naledi may have lived tens of thousands of years ago, or even millions.

  • Or maybe not. As you heard, still a lot of questions about this,

  • and some anthropologists are skeptical about

  • whether it's a newly discovered species at all.

  • They say it looks like one that was first identified in the 1800s.

  • There's also doubt about whether the location is

  • really an ancient burial ground.

  • Either way, it has scientists talking and theorizing worldwide.

  • New Mexico, Vermont and Minnesota haven't been announced in our roll call this year.

  • That changes today! Hello to the Eagles of Clovis Christian Schools.

  • They're flying high over Clovis, New Mexico.

  • How about the Eagles of Arlington Memorial Middle High School.

  • Happy to see our viewers in Arlington, Vermont.

  • And guess who?

  • The Eagles, Edgewood Education Center of Brooklyn Park,

  • Minnesota rounds out today's roll call.

  • On this date 14 years ago, U. S. President George W. Bush

  • said a great people has been moved to defend a great nation.

  • Four passenger planes were hijacked that Tuesday morning.

  • One crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  • One crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington D. C.

  • Two crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

  • The two towers then collapsed.

  • Almost 3, 000 people were killed on 9 / 11,

  • the worst terrorist attack in U. S. history.

  • Today, a national museum at one site of the attacks stands

  • as a monument to those lost and those who gave their lives trying to save them.

  • These tridents were from the north tower.

  • They were recovered in the aftermath of the attacks.

  • We brought them back here and basically, built the museum all around them.

  • Joe Daniels is President and CEO of the 9 / 11 Memorial.

  • You're not whitewashing it, this is the raw dirty material.

  • Exactly, this is the steel that bore the attacks.

  • The museum is built almost entirely underground, some 70 feet down.

  • It sits in the precise footprint of the World Trade Center.

  • This is exactly where the South Tower started

  • and went up 1, 350 feet.

  • A striking display of the sheer scale of the destruction

  • with poignant reminders of the tragedy at every turn. This is unbelievable.

  • This is actually the front of this fire truck. This is the cab.

  • You wouldn't know.

  • Wouldn't know, it's completely burnt out and destroyed.

  • Then, there's the retaining wall that remarkably held strong

  • even when the towers fell.

  • When the towers came down all that debris that was here right

  • in the space provided bracing for that wall.

  • When that debris was cleared, there was a big concern that the wall would breach,

  • would flood Lower Manhattan.

  • It could have been so much worse but this wall held under all of that pressure.

  • Visitors will also walk alongside the survivor stairs

  • used by hundreds of people as the buildings are crumbling,

  • running from the dust cloud to escape to safety.

  • It's for all our visitors to understand the story of survival.

  • Likely, one of the most emotional stops in the museum,

  • this art installation mimics the blue sky on that fateful morning.

  • Behind it, the still unidentified remains of 9 / 11 victims.

  • The move met with mixed emotion from their families.

  • A still shocking statistic is that 1, 100 family members

  • never got any human remains back to bury,

  • never got to go through the ritual of laying their loved ones to rest.

  • It's not a public space at all,

  • only family members are allowed back behind the wall.

  • Right next door, a room dedicated to the lives of those lost.

  • That room is an area called In Memorium

  • and it's a photographic portrait of each and every one of the 2, 983 victims.

  • You see pictures, a father coaching his son's little league team, a wedding.

  • You see the lives that were lost that day and not just about how they died,

  • it's who these people were.

  • Throughout the museum, chilling reminders of the day.

  • Handmade flyers for the missing, a cross emerging from the wreckage,

  • everyday items simply left behind.

  • We help through these artifacts and images tell that story of just,

  • it was panic and people were getting out as fast as they could.

  • It's not just the shoes, it tells the shoes worn by this woman, Linda.

  • I mean, you're telling everything about that day.

  • While the museum is vast,

  • one small exhibit has been the biggest source of controversy.

  • It's focus, the terrorist themselves,

  • including a film criticized for not making a clear enough

  • distinction between Islam and Al Qaeda.

  • There's been a lot of criticism. Why give any time to the terrorists?

  • One way to look at it is you don't build a Holocaust museum

  • and not be very clear that the Nazis were the ones who committed those atrocities.

  • No one will come through this exhibit and in any way think

  • that we are indicting an entire religion which we in no way are.

  • It seems very appropriate that you end here at the last column.

  • It again, goes right back to resiliency.

  • Seeing those messages of hope

  • and remembrance on this very tall column that's still standing strong.

  • Kate Baldwin, CNN New York.

  • There was another September 11th attack on Americans,

  • it happened in Libya in 2012.

  • Terrorists stormed the U. S. compound in the Mediterranean coastal city of Benghazi.

  • They set the main building on fire,

  • killing the U. S. Ambassador to Libya and a State Department computer expert.

  • In a second assault on a different U. S. building,

  • attackers killed two former Navy SEALS,

  • who were working as security guards.

  • The Obama Administration was criticized

  • for not initially attributing the attack to terrorists

  • and for not heeding warnings and doing enough to prevent it.

  • The President and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later took responsibility.

  • CNN Student News returns next week

  • with the current events coverage you look forward to

  • and the puns you put up with.

  • We close with a look back at a September 11th ceremony in honor of Patriot Day.

  • Thank you for watching.

Welcome, students, teachers and viewers worldwide to CNN Student News.

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