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Obama commemorates anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

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  • A test of the Tribute in Light shines skyward over lower Manhattan Sept. 7 in New York. The tribute will shine the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11 over New York, eleven years after the terrorist attacks.

      A test of the Tribute in Light shines skyward over lower Manhattan Sept. 7 in New York. The tribute will shine the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11 over New York, eleven years after the terrorist attacks.
    Associated Press

 
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is asking Americans to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by remembering how far the nation has come since that day.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is asking people to remember the victims and their families, and to honor the first-responders who risked their lives to help.

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Obama says America has come back stronger and al-Qaida is on the path to defeat.

In the Republican address, Sen. John Barrasso (buh-RAS'-oh) of Wyoming criticized Obama's presidency and said the nation isn't better off than it was four years ago under President George W. Bush.

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