Comments: Hope, inspiration born from tragedy 11 years after 9/11
CNN iReporter Rachel Cauvin shared this photo of twin beams of light shining over New York in honor of 9/11.
September 11th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Comments: Hope, inspiration born from tragedy 11 years after 9/11

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the posts we noticed today.

As we look back on the September 11 attacks, the now-traditional twin beams of light seem to draw an 11 in the sky over New York. iReporter Rachel Cauvin shared the above image 11 years since this defining moment in U.S. history. We're hearing from readers on a variety of stories about this day.

Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman wrote an opinion article about their youngest child, Peter, who died on 9/11 at age 25. They established the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in his honor in 2003. We heard from several readers who were touched by the story.

After 9/11, how we honor our son's memory

Some could sadly relate and found hope from the story.

14thetruth: "We suddenly lost our son Bobby yesterday due to a senseless accident. He died a little after 9 a.m. He was 26 and was a wonderful husband, father and son. He leaves behind a wife and three children under 3 years old. Bobby had just started a promising business. Your story is an inspiration for us carry on our son's work in his spirit and honor and a compass to guide us to do good for all. Thank you."

JenLaw: "The family is in my heart and prayers. I also lost a son this year who was in his young 20's. I set up a scholarship in his name and it brings me joy. It is what he would have wanted. It is a wonderful thing you are doing and bless your hearts."

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September 11th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

Official: Libya reports U.S. consulate employee killed during protests

The Libyan government has notified the United States that an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was killed Tuesday, a State Department official told CNN.

The State Department does not have independent confirmation of the death, the official said. The nationality of the worker was not immediately clear.

Earlier Tuesday, a group of militants attacked the consulate, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"We are working with the Libyans now to secure the compound," Nuland said. "We condemn in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission."

Members of a radical Islamist group had been protesting at the consulate, a freelance journalist working for CNN in Benghazi said.

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Police: Suspect swallowed fake 'diamond'; $13K gem still missing
September 11th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Police: Suspect swallowed fake 'diamond'; $13K gem still missing

A man who investigators believed swallowed a $13,000 diamond at Sri Lanka's largest jewelry exhibition actually ingested a fake and another man may have gotten away with the real one, media reports say.

Chou Wan, 32, of China, was arrested at the Facets exhibition in Colombo earlier this month on suspicion of swallowing the 1.5-carat diamond, the International Business Times reported.

But after authorities gave Chou laxatives and he passed the object, they learned it was a fake, the IBT reported Tuesday.

Police say a man who was with Chou at the exhibition might have gotten away with the real gem, and that Chou might have swallowed the fake to divert attention to himself, thereby buying time for the other man escape, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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September 11th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

Panetta suggests bin Laden book author could be penalized

A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his personal account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden could be penalized for not first seeking military approval of its contents before publication, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
"I think we have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we're not going to accept this kind of behavior," Panetta told CBS' "This Morning" program, which broadcast the interview on Tuesday.
"If we don't, then everybody else who pledges to ensure that that doesn't happen is going to get the wrong signal that somehow they can do it without any penalty," Panetta said.
Newly published "No Easy Day" was written by Matt Bissonnette under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book was not pre-approved by the Pentagon.

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Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo
Protesters rally in front the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday.
September 11th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

Egyptian police and army personnel have since formed defensive lines around the facility in an effort to prevent the demonstrators from advancing farther, but not before the protesters affixed their standard atop the embassy.

The black flag, which hangs atop a ladder inside the compound, is adorned with white characters that read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," an emblem often used in al Qaeda propaganda.

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

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September 11th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Chilean court confirms Allende suicide

(CNN) - A Chilean court has settled the question of how then-President Salvador Allende died, confirming that the leader took his own life in 1973 amid a coup.

Questions over how Allende's life ended culminated in his body being exhumed last year for forensic tests.

An appeals court in Santiago on Monday upheld a judge's ruling that the evidence confirmed the accounts in history texts - that the leftist leader shot himself at the presidential palace as Gen. Augusto Pinochet's troops closed in.

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September 11th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

FAMU says it's not responsible for drum major's hazing death

Florida A&M University says it is not responsible for the death of a drum major last year, and that he broke the law and school policies when he willingly took part in the hazing that left him dead.

In court papers filed Monday night, the school asked a judge to drop a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 26-year-old Robert Champion.

"Mr. Champion should have refused to participate in the planned hazing event and reported it to law enforcement or University administrators," the court documents say. "Under these circumstances, Florida's taxpayers should not be held financially liable to Mr. Champion's Estate for the ultimate result of his own imprudent, avoidable and tragic decision and death."

The student's family lambasted the school Tuesday for denying responsibility.

"The Champion family is shocked at the defense FAMU has chosen in the brutal hazing death of Robert Champion," family attorney Christopher Chestnut said. "We simply cannot ignore the audacity of an institution that blames students for their own deaths, yet for decades ignored the hazing epidemic occurring within its own walls."

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September 11th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Report: Egypt's ex-PM Ahmed Shafik faces arrest, extradition order

Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the arrest and extradition of ex-prime minister and presidential runner-up Ahmed Shafik, along with other Mubarak-era officials, according to Egypt's state-run MENA news agency.

The move is tied to an investigation into alleged corrupt real estate dealings involving the illegal sale of state property to the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Shafik, a former air force chief and the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak, left Egypt for the United Arab Emirates in June.

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September 11th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Yemeni defense minister survives car bombing

Yemen's defense minister survived an apparent assassination attempt Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a building he was leaving, the state-run Saba news agency said.

Eleven people were killed when the bomb exploded in the center of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, including six of the minister's guards, two government officials said.

The blast happened outside the prime minister's office as Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed was leaving, authorities said.

The attack targeted the senior leadership of Yemen's transitional government, a government official said.

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September 11th, 2012
01:47 AM ET

China sends patrol ships to islands at center of dispute with Japan

Two Chinese patrol ships have arrived near a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea that Japan has announced plans to bring under public ownership, Chinese state media said Tuesday.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the two vessels from China Marine Surveillance had "reached the waters around the Diaoyu Islands," which Japan calls the Senkaku Islands.

The marine surveillance agency has "drafted an action plan for safeguarding the sovereignty" of the islands and will "take actions pending the development of the situation," Xinhua reported, citing unidentified sources at the agency.

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September 11th, 2012
01:32 AM ET

Construction to resume on national 9/11 museum, Bloomberg and Cuomo say

The budgetary dispute that has delayed the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum has been resolved, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The museum was scheduled to open on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, but disagreements over funding, financing and oversight of the museum between the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have halted construction. The foundation controls the memorial and museum; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the World Trade Center site.

Late Monday, all parties entered into a "memorandum of understanding," an agreement that allows them to restart construction on the stalled museum project.

"My goal during this period has been to get construction on the museum restarted," said Bloomberg, who is chairman of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation. "This agreement ensures that it will be restarted very soon and will not stop until the museum is completed."

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