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US News: Yosemite Fire; Iced Helicopter; Skyscrapers not so Tall?

By: AP
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WESTERN WILDFIRES-YOSEMITE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The cost of fighting the wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has risen to more than $89 million as the blaze enters its fourth week.
The U.S. Forest Service reported Saturday that the Rim Fire has burned 394 square miles, 11 more than the day before when it became the third-biggest wildfire in modern California history.
It remains 80 percent contained.
The fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17.
There are still more than 3,400 people fighting it as hotter and drier weather arrived on Saturday.
Officials say it could cost tens of millions of dollars more to restore damaged habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season.

ALASKA-ICED HELICOPTER
UNDATED (AP) -- Two researchers and their pilot have been rescued from a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter.
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the rescue came at about 5 p.m. Friday. The three were caught in a freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.
Pilot Sam Egli, United States Geological Survey geophysicist John Paskievitch, and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Taryn Lopez were not injured.
Peters said the helicopter remains on Mount Mageik (ma-GEEK'), about 280 miles southwest of Anchorage at Katmai National Park and Preserve.
The three were well-equipped with survival gear and food. They remained in the helicopter until they were rescued.
The researchers were working on recovering short-term volcano-monitoring equipment.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tall buildings aren't what they used to be.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat says the developers of many new super-skyscrapers have been sticking huge, useless needles on top of them so they can be marketed as being among the world's tallest.
The trend means that many towers now appearing on lists of super-tall buildings actually have fewer floors than the old behemoths they are knocking out of the top ranks.
New York's unfinished One World Trade Center is among the top offenders, thanks to the 408-foot needle installed on its roof.
But it's hardly the worst in terms of "vanity height."
The Chicago-based council says 44 of the world's 72 tallest buildings got over the symbolic 300 meter mark by adding a decorative spire.


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