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Published 3:57 a.m. ET April 16, 2019 | Updated 3:59 a.m. ET April 16, 2019
Donations pour in to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating blaze
Millions of dollars in donations poured in Tuesday after the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was saved from a massive fire that had threatened to gut the 800-year-old beloved landmark. The blaze, which burned for hours, collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its rectangular towers. Throngs of spectators watched in stunned horror from nearby buildings, bridges and street as video footage showed fire and smoke spewing from the architectural marvel, home to priceless works of art. The cathedral was in the midst of a $6.8 million renovation project and French President Macron pledged to rebuild the church and said a national fundraising campaign would be launched Tuesday. Arson was ruled out as well as possible terror-related motives, officials said, later adding that the blaze could be linked to renovation work.
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The spire from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France collapses into clouds of smoke and flames.
Hollings funeral expected to draw speakers including Biden
A funeral for the late Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings is planned Tuesday in his home state of South Carolina, with former Vice President Joe Biden among expected speakers at the Charleston service. Hollings, who died April 6, helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor before embarking on his long Senate career. When the Democrat left the Senate in 2005, he had served 38 years and two months, making him the eighth longest-serving senator ever.
Parents rejoice: Walmart will now drop kids’ clothing at your door…
And it’s all thanks to its new subscription service. Starting Tuesday, Walmart will team up with KIDBOX to create and deliver packages of clothing and accessories tailored to your child’s taste. Stylists will also make sure the items are appropriate for the time of year, and the area where your family lives. Subscription services have become a popular option in the age of Amazon, enabling shoppers to have goods ranging from meals to makeup delivered on a regular basis. Customers interested in the Walmart service can opt for a one-time delivery, or sign up for additional boxes to be sent up to six months. The cost is $48 for each box.
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‘Fifty Shades’ author’s new book has tamer sex, social awareness
The author of the steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” has toned things down a bit (but just a bit) in her new book out Tuesday. E.L. James’ latest work “The Mister” (Vintage, 512 pages) follows an attractive, oversexed aristocratic man who falls for his beautiful, poor Albanian maid. James (real name: Erika Leonard) maintains a low profile, saying the success of the erotic “50 Shades” franchise, which moved into film as well, happened to her pen-name counterpart. “It’s not the real me. The real me is the one at home,” the 56-year-old mother of two said.
Teen accused of killing grandparents appears in court
A 17-year-old accused of killing his grandparents in Wisconsin is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. Alexander M. Kraus was arrested after Dennis L. Kraus, 74, and Letha G. Kraus, 73, were found by police responding to a welfare check on Sunday. The teenager wasn’t living with his grandparents at the time, but was only visiting, Travis Waas, a spokesman for the Grand Chute Police Department, told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. Officials say the teen had also planned to “cause harm” at his high school. He is currently being held on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
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