In the Know: September 11, 2015

“It’s important that we don’t forget the events of the day, and the individual people who stood up to say ‘no.’ They could have sat back and let others dictate the end of their lives. But they fought back and became heroes in the process.” Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93, on the legacy of those aboard the United Airlines plane that crashed on Sept. 11, 2001 in Shanksville, Pa.

Nation
Today the United States will mark the 14th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people with memorial events reflecting grief, loss and anger. Reflections and quotes from the day, and shortly after, here.

A $26 million visitor complex honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 downed airplane United Airlines Flight 93 was dedicated and opened to the public on Thursday.

The U.S. will take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next year, joining European nations in the effort to resettle refugees.

Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams will return to the air on Sept. 22 as part of MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.

World
The EU is facing a major migrant and refugee crisis and unveiled a new plan to redistribute 160,000 asylum-seekers to member states, to mixed reviews. (And what the presidential candidates have said about the crisis.)

Politics
The Iran deal is a done deal. Senate democrats voted to block a resolution Thursday to reject the accord, securing a major victory for the Obama administration. The vote explained, here.

California’s senate is expected to vote in the coming days on whether to grant patients the right to end their lives with a doctor’s help. Four states currently allow this.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will return to work Monday. It is unclear if she will agree to issue licenses to same-sex couples, but a deputy in her office says he’s happy to if she won’t.

The stage for next Wednesday’s second GOP presidential debate on CNN is set—and it’s growing to eleven to include surging Carly Fiorina.

Business
The new iPhones are here, along with new everything else from Apple… including an installment plan and a controversial stylus.

Health
The CDC confirms it is investigating possible mishandling of several samples of pathogens associated with bioterrorism that were discovered during routine inspections on August 17.

This month three new cases of polio have struck two children in Ukraine and an infant in Mali, the World Health Organization has confirmed. Both countries had previously been polio-free so how and why did these outbreaks occur?

Science
Scientists say that bones found in a South African cave are Homo naledi, a new species of ancient human relative.

“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern on the newly released close-up images of Pluto.

Women’s Affairs
The White House and New York City’s district attorney have pledged a combined $79 million on Thursday to help clear the tens of thousands of rape kits that have gone untested across the country.

“I kind of took it on as a challenge to make sure that I represented all those girls that didn’t see themselves in the industry.” Jillian Mercado has muscular dystrophy, but her goal is to change the world of modeling—and she has by signing a contract with IMG models.

 

image via of the dark stone path that bisects the Flight 93 National Memorial visitors center in Shanksville, Pa., which memorializes the flight path of the United Airlines plane

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