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Paris Holds Vigil To Mourn Notre Dame Fire Damage, Macron Vows Swift Reconstruction

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET A day after flames leaped through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris sparking fears the beloved building could be consumed, Parisians sang and prayed in processions through the streets and held vigils Tuesday evening at the grounds of the church that has kept watch over the city for more than eight centuries. The cathedral stood blackened with much of its roof gone, its spire collapsed and charred rubble inside, but it remained standing, its main structure and two towers...

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Buffalo, NY – My family and I are definitely what you would call pro Buffalo. We think the city is great and has so much to offer. There’s just one problem; we live in the suburbs. We moved out of the city almost as if by accident some thirteen years ago. Call it the fault of mid-80s real estate, but by the time we had found our perfect house after two years of searching in Buffalo, the house just happened to be in the suburbs. We’ve been checking the home finder for Buffalo real estate every Saturday ever since our move.

Buffalo, NY – Four more Buffalo schools have been placed on the state's School Under Registration Review -- or SURR -- list. They are Schools 38 and 53 and Burgard and Kensington High Schools.

Schools placed on the SURR list are furthest from state standards in math or English. At the four Buffalo schools, all were cited for poor student performance in math exams. Kensington was also cited for a high drop-out rate.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved his request to expand federal snow emergency assistance for Erie and Niagara counties to help pay the costs of dealing with the recent severe snowstorms that hit the region.

FEMA has granted the Governor's request to extend the time period allowed for reimbursement of snow removal operations and critical emergency needs from 48 hours to 120 hours and to lift the $5 million funding cap.

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo resumed regular garbage collection Monday after digging out from record snow fall amounts.

Buffalo residents will no doubt have a lot of garbage piled high. For some, it hasn't been collected since December 26th due to the snow storm.

"Every day, what ever your normal garbage day is, we are asking you to put that out," mayoral spokesman Matt Brown said. "And we'll make sure that we get it on your regular garbage day."

Loudonville, NY – Consumer confidence in New York declined in December after posting gains the previous two months.

The drop in consumer confidence in December was fueled mainly by the New York City area. A survey by the Siena College Research Institute found the index falling 2.6 percent from the previous month.

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...

Buffalo, NY – Top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Buffalo to assess the ongoing clean-up from the recent record-setting snow storm.

The price tag from the holiday week snow storm that dumped nearly seven feet of snow in the Buffalo area has reached $30 million. FEMA issued an emergency declaration last week that falls well short of that amount. It limited reimbursable expenses to those incurred in a 48-hour period. And local officials were led to believe there was a $5 million cap on aid.

New digs for the Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Suzuki Strings begin offering classes in their own building today.

It?s located right on the banks of the Erie Canal on Webster Street in downtown North Tonawanda. Previously, lessons were offered in a Town of Tonawanda church. But development director Tim Neal says they had to turn students away because there wasn?t enough space.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

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One of South Korea's most successful cultural exports, K-pop music, is facing its worst crisis to date: a lurid scandal involving misogynistic celebrities and corrupt police.

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NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with French journalist Margot Haddad about what the Notre Dame Cathedral meant to her growing up in Paris - and how much it will take to restore it after the fire.

Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of Italian colonizer Christopher Columbus, had an obsession with books. Colón traveled the world to attempt an ambitious dream: to collect and store all of the world's books in one library. Summaries of the volumes he gathered were distilled in the "Libro de los Epítomes," or "The Book of Epitomes" — that repository had been lost to history for centuries.

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University is known for its adherence to church teachings and for its strict Honor Code, which regulates everything from beards to premarital sex. Student protest is uncommon.

But last Friday, 300 gathered at the school's flagship campus to question its Honor Code Office, chanting, "God forgives me, why can't you?"

Students allege that the university is mistreating victims of sexual assault and harassment, especiallyy women and LGBTQ students.

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Heritage Moments: Father Baker’s miracle at Our Lady of Victory

Father Nelson Baker — the “padre of the poor,” the man who built the Our Lady of Victory complex in Lackawanna into an astonishing city of charity that featured an orphanage, a boys’ protectory, a home for unwed mothers and their infants, a hospital, a grade school and high school, a nurses’ home, a farm to help feed the hungry, a soup kitchen that served more 450,000 meals during the first three years of the Great Depression, and finally the great basilica that has become a national shrine and pilgrimage site.

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