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'Definite struggle' aboard Flight 93

Workers clear debris at the crash site of United flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Friday  

(CNN) -- Officials familiar with the cockpit voice recorder on United Airlines Flight 93 -- the hijacked jet that crashed in western Pennsylvania on September 11 -- say there was a "definite struggle" described as desperate and wild between hijackers and some of the passengers. (Full story)

An official has said there was definitely some shouting, but it is not clear who was in control of the plane before it crashed. Several family members of passengers have previously described cell phone conversations saying there might be an attempt to re-take control of the plane.

Officials say the voice recorder was able to pick up scuffling sounds.

Terrorists hijacked four commercial jets early on September 11. Two of them slammed into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York, and a third hit the Pentagon in Washington.

But Flight 93 -- which departed Newark, New Jersey, en route to San Francisco, California, and turned around over Cleveland, Ohio, to head back toward the east -- never reached its target, which remains unknown.

Instead, the jet slammed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The U.S. is offering $25 million in rewards for information that helps apprehend terrorists. Is it enough?

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Latest developments

• The United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Afghanistan, reducing support for the hard-line Taliban rulers. The decision means that only two countries, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, retain diplomatic relations with the Taliban. (Full story)

• Taliban officials on Saturday said a plane was shot down in Afghanistan, but there were conflicting details about what kind of plane it is and what nation it represents. (Full story)

• Russian President Vladimir Putin took time out from a meeting with his cabinet to telephone U.S. President Bush and discuss the situation in the wake of September 11th attacks, according to the Russian Press Service.

• Nearly $25 million of the $5.1 billion in emergency funds released by President Bush on Friday "will be used to provide rewards for information to help apprehend terrorists," according to a breakdown of allocations from the Office of Management and Budget. The $5.1 billion is the first wave of a $40 billion package approved this week by Congress. (Full story)

• Turkey said Saturday it will allow the United States to use Turkish airspace and airbases for U.S. transport aircraft in any response to the terror attacks. (Story)

• The Federal Aviation Administration lifted strict limits on the use of private aircraft Saturday, allowing sightseeing tours and flight schools to resume business. But aircraft operating under "visual flight rules" still are prohibited from flying within 25 nautical miles of New York and Washington.

• Stars of television, film and music reached out to touch the hearts of millions Friday night in an effort to help those harmed by the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Actors, including Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Julia Roberts told stories of heroes, some of whom lost their lives helping others escape the flames and crumbling concrete. The stars also appealed for donations to help the families of the victims. (Full story)

• Trading on Wall Street on Friday ended its worst week since the Great Depression and a survey of economists found they believed the nation has been pushed into a true economic recession.

• The final toll from the attacks that caused the World Trade Center to collapse into a pile of rubble may not be known for some time, Mayor Rudy Giuliani told reporters Friday. An estimated 6,333 people are missing. Two hundred fifty-two bodies have been recovered from the WTC rubble; 183 of them have been identified. 189 people are believed dead in the Pentagon attack. 45 people were aboard Flight 93 when it crashed in Pennsylvania.

• In at least five incidents this week, men of Arab descent were removed from U.S. domestic flights because members of the flight crew considered them threats to security, according to airlines, crew members or the affected passengers. (Full story)

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