Spire for WTC arrives in NYC
The crowning spire of the World Trade Center’s tallest building arrived in New York on Tuesday — in giant steel pieces on a barge that floated in past the Statue of Liberty.
“It signifies that we’re back, we’re better than ever, and it shows the resilience of not just New York, but also people in general,” said Steven Plate, the director of post 9/11 construction at the lower Manhattan trade center. “The spire is a candle on the cake.”
He spoke aboard a boat that followed the barge tugged into New York Harbor from New Jersey’s Port Newark.
N. Korea fires long-range rocket
SEOUL, South Korea
North Korea fired a long-range rocket this morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.
North Korea declared the launch of a rocket and satellite a success, and state television planned a special broadcast about the launch at noon.
South Korean and Japanese officials confirmed that liftoff took place shortly before 10 a.m. Along with the U.S., they had been urging North Korea to refrain from a launch widely seen as a cover for a test of banned ballistic-missile technology.
Gunman kills 2, self in Oregon mall
Police say the man who opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall apparently killed himself after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third.
Clackamas County sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes says law enforcement who flooded the Clackamas Town Center in response to the afternoon shooting didn’t fire any shots.
Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and a white mask shot an initial burst of fire and then more rounds near the mall’s food court.
NTSB urges use of ignition locks
Every state should require convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them from starting a car’s engine if their breath tests positive for alcohol, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
The ignition interlock devices — already required for all convicted drunken drivers in 17 states — currently are the best available solution to reducing drunken-driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation’s more than 32,000 traffic deaths a year, the board said.
New food-poisoning test has big flaw
New tests that promise to speed up diagnosis of food poisoning pose an unexpected problem: They could make it more difficult to identify dangerous outbreaks like the one that sickened people who ate a variety of Trader Joe’s peanut butter this fall.
The new tests could reach medical laboratories as early as next year, an exciting development for patients. They could shave a few days off the time needed to tell whether E. coli, salmonella or other foodborne bacteria caused a patient’s illness, allowing faster treatment of sometimes-deadly diseases.
The problem: These new tests can’t detect crucial differences between different subtypes of bacteria, as today’s tests can. And that fingerprint is what states and the federal government use to match sick people to a contaminated food.