The historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire today, and its historic spire collapsed.

A collection of dramatic videos and photos spread through social media showing the roof and spire of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral engulfed in flames and massive amounts of smoke billowing up from its roof.

The cause of the conflagration was not immediately clear, but officials say it could be related to a $6.8 million renovation project that was underway there.

“New York aches. Our prayers are with the people of France and the first responders,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr will deliver a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russian election meddling to Congress on Thursday.

Trump set the stage for the possible release of the report by repeating the findings of Attorney General William Barr’s summary and tweeting: “INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”

The national Women’s March group is urging Twitter to suspend Trump’s account for posting a video that showed remarks by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota intercut with footage of the September 11, 2011, attacks.

Pete Buttigieg, the latest Democrat to launch a full-fledged 2020 presidential campaign, raised $1 million just hours after announcing his official bid, according to his spokeswoman Lis Smith.

Hillary Clinton’s Tax Day tweet criticized the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for not releasing Trump’s returns yet.

Trump spent Tax Day in Minnesota.

The president announced he would be awarding Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the wake of Woods’ Masters victory Sunday.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic 2020 contender, is endorsing a set of policy proposals that leading policy experts predict would “dramatically reduce” the racial wealth divide.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to two conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal, according to federal court filings entered today.

The couple was previously offered a plea agreement, but ultimately decided to reject the deal because they didn’t want to spend time in jail.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who likely owes her seat in Congress to her sophisticated use of social media, now says she’s giving up Facebook and cutting back on Instagram and Twitter — for her health.

Asked what she thinks of Ocasio-Cortez’s style, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour replied: “I think people spend a lot, too much time talking about her style rather than her substance and what she has to say.”

A group of parents claims their religious beliefs were violated and that NYC officials overstepped their bounds when they issued an emergency order last week making measles vaccinations mandatory, according to a lawsuit filed early today.

Throughout his political rise in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has nurtured a close relationship with the city’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. But those ties have also complicated how the mayor has dealt with the community on sensitive issues – like measles.

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone has agreed to review the diocese’s approach to releasing names of clergy accused of sex abuse and to hold a series of “listening sessions” on the abuse scandal – two of several reform initiatives announced in cooperation with a group of lay Catholics called the Movement to Restore Trust.

A parish priest in Manorhaven Port Washington has stepped down while law enforcement authorities investigate an allegation that he sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago, the Diocese of Rockville Centre said.

NYC will start X-raying thousands of public housing apartments for lead to curb exposure to the dangerous chemical, officials announced.

An aide who worked on Nomiki Konst’s failed bid for NYC public advocate has filed a complaint alleging Konst’s campaign paid $114,918 in taxpayer funds to a firm associated with her “on-again-off-again” boyfriend “for services largely not performed.”

A pro-life student group made their anti-abortion message to New York state loud and clear in a Times Square video billboard campaign calling out the state for its “abortion extremism.”

U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.

Suffolk County has become the first county in New York to adopt a charitable gift fund workaround so that homeowners can make a charitable deduction equivalent to their property taxes and avoid the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes.

What began as an absentee ballot fraud scheme to sway a 2009 minor party primary using voters from the city’s public housing and neighborhoods had spawned a civil rights lawsuit that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

Taste NY sales increased to a record breaking $17.8 million in 2018, the governor announced.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey named Sam Ruda, who has served as interim director for the past five months, as the authority’s new director and Bethann Rooney as the deputy director of the Port Department.

Luxury student housing in Syracuse is heavily subsidized by city taxpayers. The developers get some of the biggest tax breaks in town.

A 70-year-old Tonawanda man who left eight angry and vulgar voicemail messages in the span of an hour at City Hall is accused of harassing Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis and the city assessor.

A small plane that barely missed crashing into a Long Island home ran out of fuel while en route to Kennedy Airport in heavy fog, police said. It became tangled in power lines and was left dangling only feet from the house…the NTSB is investigating.

The list of 2019 Pulitzer winners is out, and those honored included reporters covering mass shootings and investigating the president.