The Sift

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Investigators probe cause of Notre Dame fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/19, 11:58 am

Investigators suspect an electrical short-circuit likely caused Monday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Officials concluded an initial assessment of the cathedral on Wednesday but cannot search the interior due to safety hazards. The Paris prosecutor’s office said investigators had questioned about 40 people by Thursday, including cathedral staff and renovation workers. The team is considering whether the fire is linked to a computer glitch or the temporary elevators used in renovation work, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

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Democrats demand action on Mueller report

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/19/19, 11:53 am

Unsatisfied with Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute President Donald Trump, House Democrats issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report. Barr released a redacted version of the report to Congress and the public Thursday. Following a two-year investigation, Mueller concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and that the Trump campaign did not collaborate with those efforts, but he declined to make a decision about whether the president obstructed the inquiry.

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Journalist killed in Northern Ireland riots

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/19/19, 11:47 am

Police in Northern Ireland on Friday said the New IRA was most likely responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight riots in Londonderry. Journalist and author Lyra McKee died after being shot in the Creggan area, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. “We believe this to be a terrorist act,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said. “We believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans.” A gunman fired a number of shots at police during Thursday evening’s unrest, according to Hamilton.

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