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US court: Negligence not cause of 3rd WTC collapse

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NEW YORK — Negligence was not the cause of the collapse of a third World Trade Center tower several hours after the twin towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, absolving a developer and others of responsibility in the destruction of the 47-story building.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Manhattan said it was ‘‘simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of September 11, 2001.’’

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