Flight 93 crash site valued at $1.5 million

A commission has found the western Pennsylvania site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, is worth more than the government paid for it but far less than the former owner claimed.

A three-person eminent domain commission released a report Monday in Pittsburgh saying the 275-acre site in Shanksville is worth about $1.5 million. The Department of the Interior condemned the property under eminent domain in 2009 and paid Michael Svonavec $611,000 for it. Svonavec claimed in a lawsuit the property was worth about $23 million.

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Major retailers to post shoppers' bill of rights

Responding to allegations of racial profiling, a coalition of major retailers agreed Monday to create a customer bill of rights that will explicitly prohibit profiling and unreasonable searches.

Civil rights leaders met Monday with representatives from retail chains including Barneys, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and The Gap, the Rev. Al Sharpton said.

The agreement, drafted by the Retail Council of New York State trade group, prohibits profiling and unreasonable searches and states that workers who violate their employers' prohibition on profiling will be disciplined and could be fired.

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Necropsies performed on 11 pilot whales found dead in the Florida Keys show that they were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, federal officials said Monday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator Blair Mase said the whales' empty bellies could be a result of disease or of being out of the deep waters that form their habitat.

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