- - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NEW YORK — Workers using two giant cranes on the 104th-floor roof of 1 World Trade Center have installed the first piece of the spire that will make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The nearly 70-ton piece was brought to Manhattan last month by barge. It is the heaviest of 18 parts of the spire that will complete the 1,776-foot skyscraper symbolizing America’s freedom.

Dozens of construction workers were on hand Tuesday as the massive, round piece of steel slowly descended into its socket.

Below is a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

ILLINOIS

18 heads found at airport were sent for cremation

CHICAGO — A shipment of 18 human heads held up by customs officials at O’Hare International Airport was bound for a cremation service in the Chicago area after its use in medical research abroad.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mary Paleologos, said Tuesday that the heads originally were sent from Illinois to Italy for medical research and were returned to the area for disposal as part of the agreement.

She said a paperwork problem held up the shipment, which arrived at O’Hare in mid-December.

The containers were being stored at the Cook County morgue while authorities investigated the matter.

Ms. Paleologos said the heads will be turned over for cremation.

CALIFORNIA

Pilot changed course before ship hit bridge

SAN FRANCISCO — A newspaper report says the pilot of the empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge made a course change immediately before clipping a support tower.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that the captain, Guy Kleess, initially indicated that he planned to sail the 752-foot Overseas Reymar between two towers near the middle of the span on Jan. 7. But San Francisco port agent Peter McIsaac said Mr. Kleess then tried to steer the vessel through a different opening as he approached the bridge.

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