Nation/World Briefs

Change to Trade Center raises height questions

NEW YORK – A change to the design of a needle that will sit atop One World Trade Center is raising questions over whether the building will still be America’s tallest when completed.

The 408-foot-tall needle will no longer be enclosed in a fiberglass-and-steel enclosure called a radome, a feature that was recently removed from the original design because the building’s developer says it would be impossible to properly maintain or repair it.

Car bombs in Syria kill at least 55 people

DAMASCUS, Syria – Twin suicide car bombs exploded outside a military intelligence building and killed 55 people Thursday, tossing mangled bodies in the street in the deadliest attack against a regime target since the Syrian uprising began 14 months ago.

The bombings fueled fears of a rising Islamic militant element among the forces seeking to oust President Bashar Assad and dealt a further blow to international efforts to end the bloodshed.

Associated Press