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Arlington, VA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before, after, and during blaze

The beloved landmark has been declared saved after suffering extensive damage → Read More

Famed Notre Dame Cathedral ablaze in Paris

A fire was burning Monday at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, police said. Video footage from the scene showed flames and smoke spewing from the landmark, one of the city's most popular tourist destinations in the world. Tourists and locals took to social media to document the blaze. The cause was not immediately known, but officials said it could be linked to renovation work, BBC… → Read More

Measles cases see biggest jump this year with 555 confirmed in 20 states

Another 90 measles cases were reported across the nation last week , the biggest jump this year, for a total of 555 cases. → Read More

Death toll rises to 8 as tornadoes, storms cut swath of destruction through much of nation

Powerful storms killed at least eight people and brought devastation from Texas to Maryland → Read More

'Embarrassingly wrong': Benedict blasted for blaming homosexuality, sexual revolution for church abuse crisis

A letter written by Emeritus Pope Benedict that blames the Catholic Church's abuse crisis on homosexuality and the sexual revolution draws fire. → Read More

New York City declares measles public health emergency

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered ordered mandatory vaccinations for some people who may have been exposed to the virus. → Read More

Stanford kicks out student linked to largest-ever college admissions scandal

A Stanford University student linked to the wide-ranging admissions scandal involving elite schools across the nation has been kicked out of school. → Read More

Booming measles cases rocket toward record: Up nearly 100 from last week

The number of measles cases across the U.S. rose by almost 100 last week as the 2019 total continued its march toward record levels, the CDC said. → Read More

ICE arrests 280 at Texas firm, biggest immigration bust in a decade

More than 280 employees of a Texas telecommunications company were arrested by in the largest worksite immigration operation in more than a decade. → Read More

First jail terms issued in Penn State fraternity hazing death of Timothy Piazza

Three former Penn State fraternity brothers are the first defendants to receive jail time for roles related to the death of pledge Timothy Piazza. → Read More

Michael Brown's mother loses Ferguson City Council race 5 years after his killing

Lesley McSpadden, whose son Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., has lost her bid for a city council seat. → Read More

Pilots of doomed Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX jet followed Boeing procedures: report

Pilots of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX followed emergency procedures specified by the maker, the Wall Street Journal reports. → Read More

'Helping riders avoid psychos is a no-brainer': After Samantha Josephson murder, focus turns to laws

Lawmakers in South Carolina are introducing a bill to require all rideshare services in the state to have illuminated signs on their vehicles. → Read More

Measles cases hit second-highest level since elimination in 2000

Almost 400 cases of the measles have been confirmed in 15 states this year as the disease nears record numbers since being declared eliminated in 2000. → Read More

Measles cases hit second-highest level since elimination in 2000

Almost 400 cases of the measles have been confirmed in 15 states this year as the disease nears record numbers since being declared eliminated in 2000. → Read More

Student who mistook suspected killer's car for Uber ride was trapped by child locks

A University of South Carolina student was murdered after mistaking her killer's car for an Uber and being trapped in the back seat with child locks. → Read More

Cuts to Special Olympics draw fire: What we know now about Betsy DeVos' plan

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposal to eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics has drawn strong reaction on Capitol Hill and beyond. → Read More

Two weeks after 'bomb cyclone': Midwest farms, Superfund sites still underwater

Two weeks after a 'bomb cyclone' storm pummeled the Midwest, farms remain underwater and Superfund waste sites inaccessible. → Read More

Norway wants to know why cruise ship sailed in stormy weather, forcing air evacuation

Norwegian officials began investigating why a cruise ship was sailing in stormy weather when it developed engine trouble that triggered an evacuation. → Read More

'I lost my Dad's bible.' Wrenching stories from Midwest floods, which have cost at least $3 billion

Midwest flooding that has overwhelmed levees and swamped wide swaths of Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa is creating a 'slow-moving natural disaster' that's cost $3 billion. → Read More