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Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave

Apr. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said. The promising development came as Notre...

Anger followed Notre Dame grief for yellow vest protesters

Apr. 19, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger. Some of the activists, whose violent protests against inequality have been shaking up France for months, said they cried in front of their...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...

Clerics meet with officials after police-involved shooting

Apr. 19, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut religious leaders met with government officials Friday to try to ease concerns after a shooting that involved police, wounded a woman and led to protests. Local clerics met with Hamden Mayor Curt Leng and police officials, three days after a Hamden officer and a Yale...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: __ CLAIM: Man who threw boy over Minnesota mall balcony is a Somali immigrant....

Thousands rally in Serbia to back populist leader Vucic

Apr. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rallied Friday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade to support populist President Aleksandar Vucic, a response to the weekly anti-government protests that have gone on for months denouncing him as an autocrat. Critics say Vucic has overseen a dilution of...

Rivals in Ukraine's presidential runoff debate at stadium

Apr. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who is the front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race and the incumbent fighting to retain his job traded accusations in a debate at a sports stadium Friday, just two days before the election. President Petro Poroshenko, who is trailing in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's...

Correction: Inmate Assaults-Charges story

Apr. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — In a story April 18 about an attack on a prison guard, The Associated Press erroneously reported the sentence for Greg Reinke. He was sentenced to 32 additional years, not 32 additional months. A corrected version of the story is below: Inmate pleads guilty in stabbing attack on...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Climate protests close London bridge; 570 arrests in 4 days

Apr. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters are once again trying to shut down parts of London to urge residents to do more to protect the Earth from rising temperatures. Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson joined a rally by the Extinction Rebellion protesters in central London on Friday. She told the demonstrators...