Notre Dame cathedral is pictured after a ceremony at the city town hall, Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Paris. France paid a daylong tribute Thursday to

Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

Ex-SS guard charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

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Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel of St. Louis Park held a photo of her parents Osser Beker (father) and Mina Beker (mother) that was taken around 1938.
A former Nazi guard has been charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp during the final months of World War II, German prosecutors said Thursday.

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. North Korea has test-fired a "new-typ
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The Latest: Police eye electrical short in Notre Dame probe

The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local):
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Ai Weiwei remembers disappearance of 43 Mexican students

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Sept. 19, 2017.

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Presidents of Russia, Estonia meet after nearly a decade

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N. Korea's latest weapons test: short in range, long in message

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