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The Latest: Temporary church proposed outside Notre Dame

Apr. 18, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local): 5 p.m. The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has proposed building a small, temporary church on the plaza outside the monument so that the faithful has a place of worship while the 12th-century structure...

Pope celebrates Holy Thursday ahead of foot-washing ritual

Apr. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ushered in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass and the ritual washing of the feet, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. The Chrism Mass celebrates the unity of...

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's church in NYC

Apr. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man was arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, the New York Police Department said, just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up...

France honors Notre Dame firefighters; protects rose window

Apr. 18, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France paid a daylong tribute Thursday to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church's famed rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged landmark. President Emmanuel...

Heavyweights in world cinema nominated for Cannes' top prize

Apr. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Cannes Film Festival organizers announced its 2019 line-up Thursday, pitting leading names in world cinema including Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar against each other in competition for the top prize, the Palme d'Or. Festival veterans Loach and Almodóvar, as well as the Dardenne...

Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK's crumbling Parliament

Apr. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the Houses of Parliament in London. The seat of Britain's government is a crumbling, leaky, rodent-infested fire trap...

10 Things to Know for Today

Apr. 18, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. A DAY 2 YEARS IN THE MAKING The Justice Department prepares to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report on Russian election interference and Trump's presidential campaign. 2. NORTH KOREA...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

Bells of French cathedrals ring in tribute to Notre Dame

Apr. 17, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Bells of cathedrals across France rang in a moving tribute Wednesday to Notre Dame as firefighters and experts continued to keep the beloved but weakened landmark under close surveillance. From Sacre Coeur in Paris to the cities of Strasbourg in the east and Rouen in the west, the...

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Apr. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the...