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9/11 transforming people for good, Dalai Lama says

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dalai Lama said Tuesday he felt "extremely sad" when his plane landed in New York and he saw where the towers of the World Trade Center once stood, but he urged people to turn the tragedy into something positive.

The Dalai Lama already saw signs of that transformation in the city's relatively peaceful response to the blackout last month.

"The people as a whole, generally, (have) more a sense of community and helping each other," he said at a news conference opening a weeklong visit to the New York area, the final stop on a five-city U.S. tour. The latest crisis brought the people of New York together "to have a greater sense of affinity."