What's saved — and lost — at Notre Dame
Today we delve into the latest at the Notre Dame and offer a slow clap for a brave, swimming dog. It's Ashley with Tuesday's news.
But first, vasectomy cakes: Cakes topped with everything from scissors to well-placed blueberries are blowing up on social media as some celebrate one of life's more uncomfortable moments.
$700 million pours in for Paris' iconic cathedral
After a devastating fire erupted Monday in the Notre Dame Cathedral, the French— and much of the world — vowed to restore the beloved church that's symbolized Paris for 850 years. More than $700 million has already poured in to rebuild the damaged cathedral, where flames were extinguished early Tuesday. Some of the cathedral's priceless treasures, including the crown of thorns many believe was worn by Jesus, were saved by Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain to the Paris Fire Brigade, and the firefighters who braved the inferno.
More about the blaze:
- What caused the fire? Officials say it probably began accidentally during restoration work, but an investigation continues.
- How much was damaged? The church’s main structure was saved, along with its two iconic bell towers. The cathedral's world-famous 18th-century organ with 8,000 pipes also survived.
- Was anyone hurt? Two policemen and one firefighter were slightly injured.
- Do you know who's in this photo? A man and little girl were photographed sharing a playful moment just before flames went up in the cathedral. Now, the photographer wants help finding them.
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His wife died fighting for the US. Then ICE deported him.
Jose Arturo Gonzalez Carranza was less than a block from home when he saw police lights behind him. Five or six officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement badges put him in a van. Gonzalez Carranza was arrested and deported to Mexico before being allowed to return to the U.S., he said. The experience added to the trauma he's endured since his wife, Army Pfc. Barbara Vieyra, was killed in 2010 while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan at age 22, he said. The same country his wife died fighting for was trying to kick him out.
Trump 'always liked' Jimmy Carter? Sure
President Donald Trump spoke with former President Jimmy Carter Saturday during a "very good" phone call on trade with China and "numerous other topics," the White House said in a statement Monday. "The President has always liked President Carter," the statement said. "Always" appears to be relative: Trump has called Carter the worst president in U.S. history on several occasions – at least until President Barack Obama came along. And in 2014, Trump joked about Carter being dead. Carter – who at 94 is now the oldest living former president in American history – has taken his own digs at Trump.
- The man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy over a Mall of America balcony was 'looking for someone to kill.'
- Melania Trump's rep is jousting with 'small-minded' Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
- 'Today' anchor Hoda Kotb adopted (another) sweet baby girl, Hope Catherine.
- Masters: We got to the bottom of a viral video of Tiger Woods watching haters roast him.
- Here's where Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates rank among the all-time richest Americans.
- Sony's next-generation PlayStation is coming.
- The Padres' 20-year-old phenom has the baseball world awestruck.
The Marine who crawled to the end of the Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is full of great stories of those running for special causes. One such runner during Monday's marathon was Micah Herndon, a Marine running to pay tribute to three Marines he served alongside — ones who didn't survive an attack in Afghanistan in 2010. "They are not here anymore. I am here, and I am able," Herndon said. "I run for them and their families." Toward the final steps of the race his body, started to give out, but he didn't.
A lost dog, 135 miles offshore
A dog was swimming more than 135 miles from shore when oil rig workers in the Gulf of Thailand saw him. The little doggo, dubbed "Boon Rod," or "Survivor,” has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production said the crew saw the dog swimming toward the platform and lowered a rope down to haul it up. The dog was delivered Monday to an animal protection group where it was declared in good shape. If the dog is unclaimed, the dog-saving oil rig worker wants to take it to his home in northeast Thailand.
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