The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building. It was lifted onto the 104-story building this morning. Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City yesterday via barge from Port Newark, N.J. A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a love recession and chapels see a moneymaking opportunity Dec. 12, 2012. Thousands of couples are expected to come to Sin City to procure a wedding license stamped with a once-in-a-century 12-12-12.  Las Vegas wedding industry has lost the edge as the hot spot for these weddings as New Orleans and New York  have gotten in the elopement industry.

Guess who is tweeting...? Pope Benedict XVI posted his first official tweet to his 660,000 followers on Wednesday. The message read: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."