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

Sandy: One Week Later

It’s been a week since Sandy hit the Tri-State area, affecting tens of thousands of people and their homes.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday that he has appointed a former OEM and FEMA official to make a plan. 30,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers may need to be relocated, he added. That number could drop to 20,000 within the next weeks as power is restored in more places.

Former OEM deputy, Brad Gair is coordinating the plan to relocate the people that are still affected. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, victims were relocated by FEMA in trailers, hotels, cruise ships and apartments across several states for months and even years.

80 per cent of customers have been restored with power in New York, but windy weather this week will compromise the efforts to get the power back to everyone.

Residents in public housing are a top concern, as temperatures are being in the 30s this week. An estimate 35,000 people have no heat and hot water in the state of New York.

Super storm Sandy killed more than 70 people in the Tri-State area and created a fuel shortage, along with several interruptions on buses, trains, subways, and ferries services.

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

Iowa School Sets Record For 16 Sets Of Twins In One Class

The current freshman class at an Iowa high school officially has everyone seeing double at a record rate.

The 16 sets of twins in the ninth-grade class at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in Des Moines, Iowa, has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the most sets of twins in the same academic year at one school, which was first reported by the Des Moines Register.

The twins make up 32 of the 711 students (4.5 percent) at the high school, which only houses the ninth grade level. The school may soon have company in the record books, as the class of 2014 at Staples High School in Westport, Conn., also is claiming to have 16 sets of twins. The Guinness records team is waiting on more documentation before it is able to verify the claim, according to Guinness spokeswoman Sara Wilcox.

Valley Southwoods surpassed the previous record of 13 sets of twins set by Pomperaug (Conn.) High School in the 2009-10 school year. The record-setting group of twins includes Cole and Cory Mullins, Kaylee and Kyle Olson, Kayla and Lauren Phalen, Hanna and Julia Anderson, Hunter and Carson Feldman, Jacob and Jeffrey Goetz, Emma and Sara Goff, Hannah and Noah Clark, Jade and Logan Davis, Quintin and Mason Barr, Megan and Hannah Baysinger, Emily and Allison Kacer, Roman and Giavanna Dean, Anna and Samuel Freihage, Cole and Logan Harvey and Joseph and Joshua McVey.

Read more on NBC’s Today Show

‘One World Trade Center Rises, Providing Breathtaking View Of Manhattan’ MSNBC Reports

One World Trade Center is well one its way to a planned 1,776 feet tall, reaching 100 stories this week. We were given the opportunity to spend some time on the site and Rock Center interviewed several construction workers who work there everyday. While many of us feel a sense of pride watching the massive structure grow on a daily basis, these workers are changing the skyline of New York and honoring those lost with every piece of steel.

See more picture on MSNBC.com along with an amazing 180 degree panoramic image.

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a website with a boatload of pictures is now worth $1 billion.

That is the price Facebook agreed to pay for Instagram, a less-than two-year-old company that makes a wildly popular mobile photography application.

“I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook,” Facebook’s head honcho Mark Zuckerberg said in a posting on Facebook (where else?) Monday.

Facebook, which is busy planning an initial public offering that could value the social networking site at more than $100 billion, will pay a combination of cash and stock for Instagram, Reuters reported. Based in San Francisco, Instagram has about a dozen employees. The deal is expected to close by June 30.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests, Zuckerberg said in his Facebook post.

Go to MSNBC.com to read more about this.