Committee to say whether NY tower tallest building

Associated Press
This combination made from file photos shows Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, in Chicago on March 12, 2008, left, and One World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 5, 2013. Soaring above the city at 1,776 feet, 104-story One World Trade Center is in contention with Willis Tower for the title of America's tallest building. A committee of architects recognized as the arbiters on world building heights is meeting Friday Nov. 8, 2013 in Chicago to decide whether a design change affecting One World Trade Center's needle disqualifies its hundreds of feet from being counted, which would deny the building the title of nation’s tallest giving the title to the 110 story Willis Tower at 1,450 feet. (AP Photo)
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CHICAGO (AP) — An expert committee of architects is set to announce whether New York's new World Trade Center tower or Chicago's Willis Tower is the tallest building in the U.S.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is expected to announce its decision Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The committee is recognized as the final arbiter of building heights around the world. It has been weighing whether a design change means the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall with the 408-foot needle. It would be 1,368 feet tall without it. That's shorter than the 1,451-foot Willis Tower.

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