Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly, reporting tonight from Kansas City, Missouri.  Thanks  for watching us.  Well, I was supposed to be off on this Veterans' Day.  At 9:00 a.m., I boarded  a flight out of La Guardia airport, bound for the Midwest.  17 minutes later, flight 587, another American Airlines, crashed just a few miles away.

That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.  The initial reports about the crash were, of course, unclear.  And we still don't know for sure whether terrorism was   involved, but it looks like this was just a tragic accident, at least I hope it was.

New York City has absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment in the last two months.  And    obviously, this just adds to it.  And it's very frustrating because there's nothing anybody  can do.  Just when you're getting up off the canvass, something knocks you back down again.

But in the face of more horror, a firm resolution on everybody's part is the only weapon.  All we can do is pray for the people who were killed today in the air crash and perhaps on the ground and then go about our lives.

Right now, the government has a responsibility to get as much information about the air crash out to us as soon as it can.  We don't want another TWA 800 with all kinds of theories  running amuck.  Black boxes have been recovered.  So hopefully, information will be out there soon on exactly what brought the plane down.

Now the air tragedy comes on the heels of some good news.  The Taliban are in disarray inside Afghanistan.  We'll report on that later in the broadcast.  And Americans need a big win right now.  The collapse of the Taliban would provide that.

But no matter what happens, we have no choice but to accept what we can't control and keep our spirits up.  There really isn't any other option.  And that's the memo this evening. 

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." 

No ridiculous today, for obvious reasons.

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