Cigarette or electrical malfunction may have caused Notre Dame fire, Paris prosecutor says

A preliminary investigation found no evidence to suggest that a fire that gutted large parts of Notre Dame Cathedral was criminal, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

Senate OKs bipartisan bill to care for migrants

Top Democrat: Auditor Galloway plans to run for governor

  Great-grandma uses shovel to kill cobra slithering on her patio

  Boy Scouts of America camp opens doors to all-girl troops in Kentucky

Substitute teacher fired, accused of filming porn inside classroom

  2 more deputies fired after shooting at Florida high school

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  Dixie Chicks say new album is coming

  Community helps McDonald’s employee after woman taunts him in Facebook post for sleeping at work

US military says 2 service personnel killed in Afghanistan

  Caught on video: 2-year-old found wandering alone near busy Fla. highway

A year after newsroom attack, journalists embraced by city

  GRAPHIC: 12-year-old mauled by a pit bull in Ohio recovering at home

  ‘I only used my hands,’ man posts on Facebook before police find girlfriend buried in backyard

Philip Schwab is charged in connection to the death of his girlfriend Kaylynn Blue. She was found dead Monday. Schwab posted a number of bizarre statuses during the time his girlfriend was missing.

  Parents fight back as woman allegedly tries to kidnap children at Atlanta airport

The 26-year-old suspect is charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer.

7-month-old girl found safe after Amber alert

Police said 7-month-old LeahMae Dawn Morsette was dropped off at a hospital emergency room Tuesday afternoon by an anonymous person and is safe. The investigation is ongoing.

  2020 Democrats converge in Miami for 1st night of debates

For many of the White House hopefuls, it will be the highest-profile opportunity yet to offer their vision for the country and, if for just two hours, chip into a political news cycle often dominated by President Donald Trump.

  Calif. boy, 12, pretending to shoot twin brother accidentally kills him when gun goes off

  Girl’s seat belt failed in middle of roller coaster ride at Penn. theme park, her family says

  13-year-old school bully punches N.J. mother, knocks her unconscious, family says

  House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

  Mueller to testify publicly before House committees July 17

  Official: Driver in New Hampshire motorcycle wreck should’ve lost license

  McConnell pledges vote on 9/11 bill after Stewart criticism

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the commitment after meeting Tuesday with a group of first responders.

  Border official resigns amid uproar over migrant children

The conditions at the station in Clint, Texas, included inadequate food, lack of medical care, and older children trying to care for toddlers.

  VIDEO: Police officer dad “pulls over” adorable 10-month-old daughter

Orlando Police Officer Alex Kipp meet his match last week when he pulled over his daughter Talynn for driving on the wrong side of the road in her stroller car.

  San Francisco is 1st major US city to ban e-cigarettes

Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative to regular cigarettes.

Man arrested after toddler shot, killed by 3-year-old brother

A man is in jail after a 4-year-old was shot Monday afternoon.

Sheriff: Mom abused her children, boiled puppies to death

A woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities in New Mexico said.

  Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq veteran

President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor to an Iraq veteran who cleared an insurgent strongpoint and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety.

  Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign cash for affairs

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign funds to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say.

Illinois home health care workers get back pay this week

About 28,000 personal assistants in the agency's home care program were scheduled to receive a 48-cent raise in August 2017.

  Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use.

  Teen alcohol use is down, but plenty are still drinking

The 2018 data shows that by the end of 12th grade, 59 percent of students had “consumed more than a few sips” of alcohol.

  GRAPHIC: Video shows moment Ga. deputies rescued newborn baby found in plastic bag in woods

Authorities in Georgia have released footage from the night a newborn baby was found in the woods in the hopes of identifying the girl and finding her mother.

Girl Scout dies after ‘freak accident’ at Indiana camp

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 11:30 a.m. Monday that a tree had fallen on campers at Camp Koch.

First lady’s spokeswoman to be White House press secretary

Stephanie Grisham, who has been with the Trumps since 2015, will also take on the role of White House communications director.

  ‘I can’t recall anything,’ says man who went missing in Mexico for days

Jessy Pacheco said he’s grateful to be back home in the U.S. His friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot and killed near the bar where the two were last seen, The incident is under investigation.

  Iran says ‘idiotic’ new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

President Hassan Rouhani went on to call the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "outrageous and idiotic," especially since the 80-year-old Shiite cleric has no plans to travel to the United States.

  Police: Man shoots 10-month-old baby in head after mom rejects him

Investigators said the baby’s mom was leaving a birthday party Sunday morning to get away from the suspect when he tracked her down and fired.

  3D mammograms grow in popularity, but are they better than 2D?

The number of 3D mammograms more than tripled between 2015 and 2017.

Health impact from smoke rises with more intense wildfires

That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to gird themselves for another summer of sooty skies along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains — the regions widely expected to suffer most from blazes tied to dryer, warmer conditions.

  HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ propels tourism in nuclear disaster zone

More than three decades after the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster erupted, visitors from around the world are exploring Chernobyl.

US defeats Spain 2-1 to advance to World Cup quarterfinals

The women's team eked out a win over a tough team from Spain to advance in the tournament.

  Report: Hackers using telecoms like ‘global spy system’

Boston-based Cybereason said the tactic gave hackers sweeping access to VIPs' call records, location data and device information — effectively turning the targets' cellular providers against them.

  'Loved it’: Woman reunited with 1975 Volkswagen she drove in high school

Amanda Dorset was reunited with her beloved vehicle. She’s now working to restore it.

  Police clear Lyft driver in search for missing Utah student

The 23-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from since returning to Utah, from California, on June 17. Lueck, a senior at the university of Utah, vanished without a trace.

  Lithgow, Bening and more stars perform Mueller report

Against the backdrop of the ornate altar of New York City's Riverside Church, a cast of Hollywood A-listers participated in a live reading of portions of the Mueller report Monday night called "The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts."

Customer says he was insulted after being described as ‘fat, gay’ on restaurant receipt

The owners of the restaurant explained that the server was trying to identify the customer who placed the order. The customer said that he won't return to the restaurant.

  Parents charged after Texas baby dies with 96 fractures in body, autopsy reveals

Prosecutors allege neither parent was truthful about what happened to the little girl.

  ‘He asked me why he can’t feel his legs’: Boy, 11, may be paralyzed after struck by stray bullet in New York

Police arrested and charged a known gang member with two counts of attempted murder in relation to the shooting.

  Caught on camera: Man takes off shirt, poops in Fla. driveway

Sheriff's deputies are investigating the incident and trying to identify the man responsible.

  Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose.

  Trump signs order that aims to reveal real health care costs

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down.

Sanders, liberals come out with bill to cancel student debt

The result would be a stimulus that allows millennials in particular to invest in homes and cars that they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.

Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

  Trump: Woman who accused him of sexual assault not his type

President Donald Trump says a New York-based advice columnist who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s is not his “type.”

  Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

The sanctions follow Iran's downing of a more than $100 million U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz that has ratcheted up tensions.

White House blocks Conway from House oversight hearing

The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers.

Treasury’s watchdog to look into Tubman bill delay

The U.S. Treasury’s watchdog says it will look into why the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman was delayed.

  GRAPHIC: Murder suspect in Nebraska cuts his throat during trial

A murder trial in Nebraska took an unexpected turn on Monday when a defendant had an outburst in the middle of the courtroom and cut his throat.

Truck driver charged with 7 homicides in New Hampshire motorcycle crash

The driver of a pickup truck in a fiery collision on a rural New Hampshire highway that killed seven motorcyclists was charged Monday with seven counts of negligent homicide, and records show he was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving last month and in 2013.

Carrie Underwood’s baby loves her singing. Dad’s, not so much

Jacob Bryan, the 5-month-old baby of singer Carrie Underwood and former NHL player Mike Fisher, clearly prefers one parent to the other when it comes to singing.

Student hunts for ‘mystery couple’ she captured in stunning engagement photo at Yosemite

A Notre Dame student snapped the viral photo at Yosemite National Park a few months ago when the couple was having professional engagement photos taken.

Smoking sharply raises young women’s risk of serious type of heart attack

A new study says that women under 50 who smoke may face the highest risk of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) compared to men.

McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims’ fund

The meeting comes as Jon Stewart has blistered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders for what he calls a lack of urgency to replenish the victims' fund, which was set up after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Family: Beth Chapman of bounty hunting fame in medically-induced coma

Chapman, wife of Hawaii-based bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman, has battled cancer for years.

  U.S. measles count reaches 1,077

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported 1,077 measles cases this year through June 20, up 33 from the last update.

Cat survives full laundry cycle while trapped in owner’s washing machine

The 1-year-old cat remains on oxygen, but he has started eating again and vets expect a full recovery.

Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis time to take a licensing fight before an administrative panel.

‘Lactation pod’ to give privacy for mothers at FedExForum

Shelby County and the Memphis Grizzlies are working with Mamava to open "lactation pods" at FedExForum.

Military member found slain with kids became citizen at White House in 2012

Alla Ausheva, 2-year-old Ivan Walker and 3-year-old Elia Walker were found dead Saturday in their Staten Island home.

Secret Service: Suspicious package near White House cleared

A suspicious package caused the White House and nearby areas to be placed on lockdown at around 11 a.m. Monday.

Puppy found dumped on side of Mississippi road in arm chair

A woman who spotted the truck dumping the furniture and pup on Gaston Trail called animal control to get the dog help.

Storms do estimated $50,000 in damage to school’s football field

Brookland school officials say Sunday’s severe storms caused upwards of $40,000 to $50,000 worth of damage to its high school football field.

  Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Italy last hosted in Turin in 2006, and the Alpine ski resort Cortina previously hosted the Winter Games in 1956.

Sam’s Club is expanding alcohol delivery

The service is already available in a dozen states and will be added others in the coming months until it’s available at all locations.

  Police: Man shot teen to death after teen shot son over video game sale

After shooting and killing a teenager who was robbing his 15-year-old son during a video game sale.

  10th American dies in Dominican Republic

Family members said Vittorio Caruso died after falling victim to respiratory distress. He may have also had a heart attack.

Florida tortoise ‘detained’ for blocking the road

The gopher tortoise was "detained" by law enforcement for refusing to clear the road. A St. Johns County, Fla., sheriff's deputy spotted it during a routine patrol.

Crater appears in German field, apparently caused by WWII bomb

Residents heard a loud boom in the middle of the night. No one was injured.