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France and the rest of the world are still coming to terms with the devastation of the Notre Dame fire — but there are some significant domestic U.S. stories today too.
Here's what we're watching:
Macron's five-year plan to rebuild Notre Dame
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While some have predicted it may take decades to rebuild Notre Dame to its former glory, President Emmanuel Macron wants it done in just five years. "We have so much to reconstruct. So yes, we will rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame more beautifully," he said Wednesday. "And I would like it to be achieved in five years from now."
However, experts have warned that the process could take much longer. NBC News is continuing with in-depth coverage of this story, including:
- A rundown of all the things that were lost and saved in the fire
- An interview with the organist who was playing in the cathedral just before the fire broke out
- How the fire provides a stark warning for medieval buildings across Europe, including London's Westminster Abbey
- How social media became awash with Islamophobic hoaxes and conspiracy theories after the fire
Attorney General's ruling could mean months more detention for migrants
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Thousands of asylum seekers could spend longer in detention while a decision is made about their future, due to a ruling by Attorney General William Barr.
Barr weighed in on an immigration case on Wednesday (see the judgment here) to establish that migrants facing full removal proceedings shouldn't be allowed to stay and live in the U.S. while out on bond.
They can now be detained until there's a decision in their case — and some migrant rights advocates say that amounts to indefinite detention.
However, one possible snag is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn't have enough capacity to hold everyone: Barr said the rule should come into force in 90 days to give it enough time to build more beds.
Trump vetoes bill to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen
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President Donald Trump used only his second veto on Wednesday to stop a bill to end U.S. involvement in the bitter and bloody civil war in Yemen.
Earlier this month Congress decided to break with the president and invoke the War Powers Resolution for the first time to stop U.S assistance in a foreign war.
But Trump is holding firm, saying the bill was an "unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities."
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- Authorities in Colorado are searching for a woman said to be "infatuated with the Colombine shooting" and thought to be a "credible threat," leading to the closure of all metro area schools.
- A white man suspected of involvement in the burning of three African-American churches in Louisiana isfacing hate crime charges.
- Netflix has announced a record quarter for new subscribers, adding 9.6 million around the world to give it a total of almost 149 million.
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Quote of the day
"It’s like seeing your own house burning. It’s just unbearable."
— Johann Vexo, the organist who was playing in Notre Dame just before the fire
One fun thing
Mike Laboda took his two girls to the ball game promising to buy them a puppy if Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich hit a home run in his third consecutive game.
Of course, he hammered one — and Yelich himself delivered the dog after the game.
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