Developments Thursday in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks:

_ Ellen Mariani of Derry, N.H., is first to sue airline for attacks, claiming United was negligent when her husband's plane slammed into World Trade Center.

_ Congress agrees to waive income taxes and provide other tax relief to the families of the victims of the attacks.

_ Justice Department announces victims' families and survivors of Sept. 11 attacks can apply for federal aid beginning Friday; each will be eligible for at least $500,000.

_ The island home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island welcome visitors for the first time since Sept. 11; statue itself remains closed.

_ First British peacekeepers fly into Afghanistan; Afghan defense minister insists they have no authority to use force.

_ Pakistani troops shoot and kill one escaped al-Qaida loyalist and recapture about a dozen others.

_ Number of victims of Sept. 11 attacks in New York drops to 2,963.