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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 thousands of other cathedrals, palaces and village spires that have turned France — as well as Italy, Britain and Spain — into open air museums of Western civilization.
If even an iconic building like Notre Dame could not be protected from devastation, if such a potent symbol of France had to scramble for maintenance funds, that lays bare a culture of apathy that can undermine a shared history as well as the multibillion-dollar tourism industry upon which much of Europe depends.
A park ranger snapped a selfie with two orphaned gorillas and the image posted to Facebook has provided a glimpse into the work of conservationists and the intriguing behavior of animals in Africa.
The image captured was just "another day at the office" for park ranger Mathieu Shamavu of the Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Some commented that the massive gorillas looked like humans, known as anthropomorphism. They stood at attention behind the ranger and appeared to also be looking into the camera.
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The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security.
It paints a sobering picture of the programs, though it's relatively unchanged from last year's update. Social Security would become insolvent in 2035, one year later than previously estimated.
President Donald Trump's efforts to reshape the Federal Reserve stumbled on Monday, with one of his potential nominees for the Fed's board withdrawing from consideration and another being enveloped by fresh doubts.
Herman Cain, a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, asked to be taken out of the running for an influential post at the U.S. central bank, Trump tweeted. Cain had dropped out of the 2012 presidential race after facing allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity — issues that resurfaced after Trump said earlier this month that he planned to nominate Cain for the Fed.
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At least 290 people were killed in a series of nine bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Sri Lankan authorities say at least 30 foreigners died in the attacks.
Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announced Monday morning he is running for president.
"I'm running because we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country," Moulton said in his announcement video.
Moulton was expected to announce his presidential bid in late April. He joins a crowd of Democrat hopefuls for the 2020 race.
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Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years.
Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year's total to 626.
That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.
Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.
These deaths "are entirely preventable. That's the most important point," said Dr. Fern Hauck, a co-author and University of Virginia expert in infant deaths.
Among 250 suffocation deaths, roughly 70 percent involved blankets, pillows or other soft bedding that blocked infants' airways. Half of these soft bedding-related deaths occurred in an adult bed where most babies were sleeping on their stomachs.
An extremist group had threatened bombings in Sri Lanka before explosions killed more than 250 people there on Easter Sunday, according to the health minister. he said intergovernmental strife was to blame...
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzaling nearly $2 million from the ex-girlfriend of Miami Heat star Hassan Whiteside after negotiating a settlement between the two, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
According to the paper, Whiteside agreed to pay Alexis Gardner $3 million after their breakup, with Avenatti, who represented Gardner at the time, entitled to $1 million in legal fees.
A federal court indictment claims Whiteside wired Avenatti $2.75 million in January 2017 and was scheduled to pay the remaining $250,000 in November of 2020. But instead of deducting his fee and giving Gardner the remainder of the payment, Avenatti allegedly took $2.5 million and bought a share of a private jet, prosecutors allege in an April 10 indictment of the lawyer by a federal grand jury in California.
An aquarium in Maryland has been looking to build a refuge in the tropics for its captive dolphins. But it's having trouble finding the right location because of pollution and warming waters from climate change.
The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey.
President Donald Trump made the decision as part of the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran that aims to eliminate all of its revenue from oil exports that the U.S. says funds destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and beyond.
"This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue," the White House said in a statement.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.
The vision sketched out Monday during an event at Tesla's Silicon Valley headquarters requires several leaps of faith — something that the zealous investors and consumers who view Musk as a technological genius often are willing to take.
Police in San Diego have identified the woman accused of walking into a school auditorium with a baby and a weapon and threatening churchgoers attending an Easter service there.
She was identified as Anna Conkey, 31, a former intern and freelance digital producer for NBC San Diego, police said. Conkey is a graduate of San Diego State University and was in the U.S Navy.
Inside Mount Everest Academy's auditorium, a non-denominational church was having an Easter service when Conkey appeared and began making threats, witnesses said.