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US agents to search Florida homes over attacks

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MIAMI — Federal agents were set to serve search warrants on a home or homes in south Florida in connection with Tuesday's attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a local television channel reported Tuesday.

ABC television's local affiliate, Channel 10, reported that U.S. agents would search a home or homes of a passenger or passengers whose names it said were listed on the manifest of one of the commercial planes commandeered by unknown hijackers and used to slam in the devastating attacks.

The station gave no further details of the planned search other than saying it would focus on Davie, a city about 20 miles northwest of Miami.

Officials from the FBI office in Miami were not immediately available to confirm or deny the report.

Like much of the rest of the United States, the Miami area was shocked and paralyzed by Tuesday's attacks, in which the twin Trade Center towers, workplace of tens of thousands of people in the heart of New York's financial district, were destroyed and the Pentagon badly damaged.

Miami airport, gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, was empty as aviation authorities halted all commercial flights around the nation. Federal and local government buildings were closed and employees at many private companies went home early.