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Four arrested for NY World Trade Center parachute jump

Four men involved in a daring nighttime skydiving stunt from the top of New York's One World Trade Center have been arrested and charged, police said Tuesday. A video of the September 11 jump, posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz7sxt9xeJE, has had hundreds of thousands of hits. "These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger," said Police Commissioner William Bratton as he announced the arrests. "Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law," Bratton said.

US teen daredevil climbs to top of World Trade Center

A teenager evaded security in the middle of the night and managed to climb to the top of the new World Trade Center tower in New York, authorities said Thursday. The 16-year-old was arrested Sunday at 6:00 am (1000 GMT) and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, said Joe Pentagelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which owns the World Trade Center. The teen, whose name has not been made public, said he climbed through a gap in the fence around the construction zone at One World Trade Center and then climbed a scaffolding to the sixth floor.

Nearly 400 Nova Scotia bridges corroding, crumbling, database says

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's bridges are corroding and crumbling to the point where 391 of those inspected were listed as having serious damage including missing concrete, says a provincial database. Chief highway engineer Bruce Fitzner says the decline of bridges has reached the point where the government might consider closing smaller crossings that aren't frequently used. Using the freedom-of-information law, The Canadian Press obtained 3,021 inspection reports done on bridges in 2012, the last year where records are complete.

Spanish court orders architect Santiago Calatrava to pay $4 million over city hall faults

MADRID - A court has ordered a renowned Spanish architect to pay millions of dollars in compensation to a property development company for what it calls shortcomings in his work. The provincial court of northwestern Oviedo says in a statement that architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros ($4 million) to Jovellanos XXI in a dispute over work on Oviedo's city hall, which has an elaborate design featuring external flying buttress-like decorations.

U.S. Capitol faces massive overhaul - and not via the ballot

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans longing for a makeover in Washington will get their wish partially granted as the dome of the U.S. Capitol - but not the lawmakers who work inside - undergoes a $60 million restoration. After 150 years of exposure to rain, snow, sun and sleet, the cast-iron landmark is suffering from water leaks, cracks and corrosion that urgently need repair, Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol, said on Thursday.

B.C. politicians resort to 'Flash Gordon' device to monitor legislature dome movements

VICTORIA - British Columbia politicians are preparing to use what one assembly member says is a Flash Gordon-type device to monitor any movements of the provincial legislature's green dome. An all-party committee of the legislature decided Thursday to bring in an accelerometer to measure movements of the dome at the more than 100-year-old building. Speaker of the Legislature Linda Reid said the highly accurate device will be attached to the dome area and is capable detecting any movement.

Sydney Opera House tiles up for 'virtual' sale

The Sydney Opera House has come up with a novel new way to raise funds and boost the building's profile by selling "virtual" ownership of the tiles on its tallest sail. On Monday, 125,000 of the tiles went on sale, with Hollywood star Hugh Jackman among the first to put his money behind the initiative which hopes to raise Aus$15 million (US$13.7 million). Under the scheme, people can buy a tile online for between Aus$100-400 in a hi-tech campaign called Own Our House to help fund renewal of the building and ensure more free events for the public.

2nd LD Writethru: Some feared trapped as foot over bridge collapses in eastern India

2nd LD Writethru: Some feared trapped as foot over bridge collapses in eastern India NEW DELHI, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Some people are feared trapped under the debris of a foot over-bridge which collapsed at a railway station in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Wednesday, a railway official said. "The incident happened at the main railway station in the state 's Muzaffarpur district. Thoguh no one has been killed, efforts are on to pull out some people feared trapped under the debris of the over-bridge," he said, on condition of anonymity.

Eiffel Tower staircase to go under hammer in Paris

A piece of Parisian history will go under the hammer next week with the sale of a 15-step section of the Eiffel Tower's original spiral staircase. The iron steps, which once connected the tower's second and third levels, will be auctioned on Monday as part of a sale of Art Deco furniture by auction house Artcurial in the French capital. Expected to fetch between $27,00 and $40,000, they stand around three and a half metres high (12 feet) and weigh 750 kilogrammes (1,650 pounds).

Maki-designed building first to open on World Trade Center site

Four World Trade Center, designed by renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, was the first building to open on the original World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan on Wednesday. "I am extremely honored to be here today," said Maki at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The architect also thanked the building's owner and developer for "inviting us and bestowing in us the confidence to undertake this most important challenge."
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