One World Trade Center to Become Tallest Building in Western Hemisphere

Our favorite building, One World Trade Center is set to reach another milestone Monday, April 19 becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The final two sections of the 408-foot spire are set to be raised by constructors tomorrow Monday. The stainless steel spire will give the building its iconic height of 1,776 feet, the year of U.S. independence.

One World Trade Center became New York’s tallest building in April 2012.

Here are some of WTC 1’s latest pictures that can be seen on @WTCProgress

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Isaac Becomes a Hurricane in Gulf of Mexico; Moving Toward Louisiana

Isaac formed into a hurricane Tuesday afternoon as it continued moving over the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As of 11 a.m., Isaac had maximum sustained winds near 70 mph as it moved northwest at 10 mph about 80 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 165 miles south-southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The center of Hurricane Isaac will be near of over the Louisiana coast Tuesday night or Wednesday, according to the NHC.

Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he remained concern about flooding in the Panhandle but was confident

Although Isaac’s approach on the eve of the Katrina anniversary invited obvious comparisons, the storm is nowhere near as powerful as Katrina was when it struck on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina at one point reached Category 5 status with winds of more than 157 mph, and made landfall as a Category 3 storm.

Still, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warned that Isaac, especially if it strikes at high tide, could cause storm surges of up to 12 feet along low-lying areas.

In a brief news conference from the White House Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to local authorities and follow their directions as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches.

Obama told Gulf Coast residents, “Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously,” he said.

In the Big Easy on Monday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not activate a mandatory evacuation.  Instead, officials urged residents to hunker down and make do with the supplies they had.

Federal officials said the updated levees around New Orleans are equipped to handle storms stronger than Isaac.

The hurricane warning from the Mississippi-Alabama border eastward to Destin, Florida is now a tropical storm warning.

A hurricane warning was in effect for east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, including metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, while a hurricane watch was in effect for Intracoastal City to Morgan City.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border to Destin, Florida and Morgan City to Cameron, Louisiana. There was a tropical storm watch in effect for east of High Island, Texas, to just west of Cameron, Louisiana.

Meanwhile, in Tampa, the Republican National Convention was expected to start it’s first full day Tuesday, after Isaac forced organizers to delay most of the events on Monday.

NBC News Reports.

Olympic Torch Takes Center Stage at Concert

One day before the London Olympics opening ceremony, the Olympics torch has taken center stage at a concert in London’s Hyde Park.

After a festive, valedictory lap around London on Thursday that passed by some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, the Olympic flame made its last stop before the opening ceremony.

Thousands cheered its arrival at Hyde Park, where British rapper Dizzie Rascal headlined a musical extravaganza in honor of the torch relay.

The concert also featured performances from British rockers and torch ambassadors You Me at Six, along with The Wanted and Mark Ronson.

Morning Parade, which kicked off the concert, said that one day the group would proudly tell their children about taking part in such a momentous event.

ABC NEWS REPORTS.

Facebook Launches App Center

Facebook launched its own App Center late Thursday, offering users of the social network more than 600 apps from which to choose, from games like “Words with Friends” and “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” to lifestyle, news, sports, travel, photo and video programs.

Apps will be both free and paid. Users in the U.S. are the first to get theApp Center, and it will be rolled out to all of Facebook’s nearly 1 billion users in the coming weeks.

The center lets you browse apps by various ways, including by what’s trending, top grossing and what apps your friends have. It’s almost a little weird to see their names by apps you’re perusing. For example, the app for Instagram, which Facebook is in the process of buying, shows 12 million users, and includes the names of those folks I’m Facebook friends with.

With Facebook’s big push for mobile on — with half of its users accessing the site from their phones — the App Center is also available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps, as well as at Facebook.com

Read more on GadgetBox from MSNBC