Ailing California utility PG&E to pay $1 billion over deadly wildfires

Business Jun 19, 2019

Ailing California utility PG&E to pay $1 billion over deadly wildfires

A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments. Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with Pacific Gas & ...

Notre Dame celebrates first Mass since devastating fire

World Jun 16, 2019

Notre Dame celebrates first Mass since devastating fire

The archbishop wore a hard hat, burned wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since a devastating fire ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire on April ...

Blasts at Russian military explosives plant injure dozens

World Jun 2, 2019

Blasts at Russian military explosives plant injure dozens

Seventy-nine people were injured when several blasts at the explosives plant Kristall shook the central Russian town of Dzerzhinsk on Saturday, the Russian health ministry said. The blasts around midday were heard all over the town of more than 230,000 residents and shock waves smashed ...

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

World May 11, 2019

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

French lawmakers on Friday approved a controversial law for restoring Notre Dame within five years, after the famous Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month. Renovating the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, whose wooden roof was largely destroyed in the April 15 blaze, will be an ...

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized as investigators probe cause

World Apr 20, 2019

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized as investigators probe cause

Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of the 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 Dame's ...

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

World Apr 20, 2019

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: A fifth-century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Standing in the village of Qalb Lozeh (Heart of the Almond), the cathedral is widely hailed ...

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre Dame

World Apr 19, 2019

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre Dame

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral. Some 600 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at the ...

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

World Apr 18, 2019

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre Dame's chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France's CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick ...