20 Years Later, Fallout from Toxic WTC Dust Cloud Grows

Two decades after the twin towers’ collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks.

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FILE — In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings, walk through the area, in New York. Two decades after the twin towers' collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The dust cloud caught Carl Sadler near the East River, turning his clothes and hair white as he looked for a way out of Manhattan after escaping from his office at the World Trade Center. Gray powder billowed through the open windows and terrace door of Mariama James’ downtown apartment, settling, inches thick in places, into her rugs and children’s bedroom furniture. Barbara Burnette, a police detective, spat the soot from…

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