In late October, a jury found that the Port Authority of NewYork and New Jersey was negligent in preventing the Feb. 26, 1993,terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, which it owned at thetime.

Earlier, Muslim extremists had been sentenced to life in prisonfor their roles in attack, during which they abandoned a van loadedwith explosives in the center's underground garage. The ensuingexplosion killed six and wounded nearly 1,000.

The lawsuit against the Port Authority was brought by survivors,families of the victims, and tenants of the complex. After two daysof deliberation, the jury concluded that the Port Authority was 68percent liable, with the terrorists responsible for the remainderof the liability. In reaching its decision, the jury cited a 1985security report commissioned by the Port Authority, which warned ofthe garage's vulnerability to such attacks.

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