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Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

Apr. 22, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not. In the wake of the fire last week that gutted Notre Dame, questions are being raised about the state of...

Louisiana spring festival to feature Poverty Point

Apr. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

OAK GROVE, La. (AP) — A spring festival in northeast Louisiana festival will celebrate will celebrate the Poverty Point World Heritage Site instead of sweet potatoes. The prehistoric complex of Indian mounds known as Poverty Point in West Carroll Parish was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014. It was...

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...

The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Apr. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony. Many believe the crown was placed on the head of Jesus...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push

Apr. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a...

Correction: Burning Man-Expansion Permit story

Apr. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 9 about a Bureau of Land Management hearing on a new permit for the annual Burning Man event, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burning Man's associate director of government affairs is Marmee Benson. Her name is Marnee Benson. A corrected version of the...

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...

Review: New doc shows how Beyoncé changed Coachella, forever

Apr. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

Beyoncé is extremely private, and only lets you know what she wants you to know, when she wants you to know it — typically, in a surprise post be it on her website or Instagram. But throughout the years, she's slightly cracked open her door to reveal parts of her life and personality — apart...

A look at what was saved, what was lost in Notre Dame fire

Apr. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — More than simply an iconic cathedral and jewel of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame was a treasure trove, housing priceless and irreplaceable marvels of immense religious, artistic, musical, historical and architectural value. Some were lost to humanity forever in the blaze that ravaged the...

Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame 'even more beautifully'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the...