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Notre Dame Update: Hundreds of millions of dollars in donations have poured in to help rebuild and restore the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Several of the richest families and companies in France have pledged the bulk of the $700 million, including makeup company L’Oréal. The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Apple are also donating. French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild within five years, though some experts say the repairs could take decades.
Read more: CBS News, AP, NYT, USA Today, Fox News, HuffPost
Trump’s Second Veto: President Trump just signed the second veto of his presidency. The House and Senate had passed a resolution to cut off U.S. support to the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, but Trump vetoed the bill yesterday, calling the measure “unnecessary” and claiming it would affect U.S. foreign policy. Saudi Arabia hasn’t allowed humanitarian aid into Yemen, and thousands of civilians have died in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.
Read more: The Hill, The Washington Post, FOX News, CNN
Severe Weather: More severe weather is on its way, and up to 118 million people could be impacted. The storm will start in parts of the Midwest today. The main threat is large hail, but the area could see tornadoes and damaging winds. Tomorrow the storm will head south, and it will reach the East by Friday.
Read more: AccuWeather, The Weather Channel
Measles Ban: Officials in Rockland County, New York are taking measures to stop measles from spreading. They are banning infected people from public places for up to 21 days. And in Michigan, 38 new measles cases are linked to just one man (who traveled to Michigan from New York).
Read more: CBS News, CNN
NFL Contract: Football player Russell Wilson is now the highest paid player in the NFL. The quarterback just signed a four-year $140 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks. He’ll make around $35 million per season, topping Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Read more: CBS News, ESPN
Amazon Fake Reviews: A U.K. consumer advocacy group analyzed a number of tech products on Amazon and found unverified, potentially fake reviews are helping some products stand out. Amazon says it’s investing resources to protect the system, including using automated technology to weed out fake reviews. To spot shady reviews on your own: 1-check the dates posted (all on the same day isn’t a good sign) and 2- use filters to remove unverified buyers.
Read more: CNBC, BBC
Subscription Boxes for Kids: Walmart is the latest to announce a subscription clothing box for kids. The company is partnering with Kidbox to offer personalized seasonal boxes for children. Earlier this month, Rent the Runway announced it’s offering Rent the Runway Kids, at least for girls
Read more: TechCrunch, CNBC, Vox
The Audacious Project: You’ve probably heard of TED Talks, but did you know that TED is part of a project to help other nonprofits get attention and funding to reach their most ambitious goals? The Audacious Project is in its second year. It selects nonprofits to lay out their biggest dreams on the TED stage, and the project helps them raise funds to tackle the good-for-the-world goals. Read more about the chosen nonprofits here.
Read more: Audacious Project, TechCrunch
Hoda Kotb Adopts: Today Show host Hoda Kotb is officially a new mom again. Kotb adopted her second daughter, Hope Catherine.
Read more: ENews