WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering suing banks and other mortgage servicers over alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions, according to an internal federal report.
The number of visitors to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York since it opened last month has exceeded expectations as thousands more people flock to the site, museum officials said on Wednesday. The museum is the culmination of eight years' work designing exhibits, collecting artifacts and settling disputes over how best to document the day in 2001 when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people. Museum officials said they hope to draw 1.5 million visitors this year and 2.5 million visitors for the museum's first 12 months. The museum is located underground at the site in downtown Manhattan where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood.