The 9/11 attacks on New York destroyed much more than the iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A total of 10 buildings were lost in what became known as Ground Zero. Some collapsed completely on the day of the attacks, others partially collapsed, and a few were damaged so seriously by debris and toxic substances that they had to undergo years of deconstruction.
Those at the bottom of the economic ladder have much to lose if the country faces automatic tax hikes and spending cuts -- particularly if there are cutbacks in many federal assistance programs. Congress missed its deadline to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff when the House put off any votes Monday evening, even as the president and congressional leaders said they were closing in on a deal. In Los Angeles, Mike O'Sullivan talked with people at a charitable food pantry about their fears.