Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire


PARIS (AP) — 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.

  • Written by By ELAINE GANLEY and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press

Illinois students on the road to filling truck driver gap


NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A school bus driver. An art teacher. A college student. The three women from different backgrounds have the same goal: to get their Class A Commercial Drivers License and drive big rigs.

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  • Written by By LENORE SOBOTA The (Bloomington) Pantagraph

Drones, supercomputers and sonar deployed against floods

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks.

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  • Written by By ADRIAN SAINZ and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press