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    People living in Germany were shaken awake by what felt like an earthquake, but was, in reality, believed to be unexploded ordnance left over from World War II. Police inspected what was left behind after the explosion --  a crater 33 feet wide and 13 feet deep, CNN reported. It happened in the town of Limburg, the BBC reported. At first, those tasked with finding out what happened didn’t think it was a World War II artifact but then said the evidence is pointing them in that direction. Specifically, experts believe the bomb was a 550-pound explosive device dropped by a plane decades ago, according to the BBC. >> Read more trending news  “With the former railway depot, we were quite a bomb target at the end of the Second World War,” Ahlbach spokesperson Johannes Laubach told Hessenschau, according to CNN. “We can be glad that the farmer was not in the field.” Hundreds of unexploded bombs are found in Germany and in other areas. One was found last April in Berlin and diffused, and another was found in September in Frankfurt and forced 60,000 people to be evacuated as crews worked to make it inert. In Hanover, 50,000 people were evacuated when other bombs were found before a construction project was started, CNN reported. So, what caused the most recently discovered bomb to go off? Experts say detonators can decompose over the years and can go off by themselves because of it, BBC reported, but the chance of it actually blowing up near someone, according to local officials, is less than being hit by lightning.
  • Worship will return to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, about two months after flames destroyed the landmark’s spire, parts of the roof and vault. CNN reported only 20 to 30 people will attend the service on Saturday because of safety concerns in the still-damaged religious icon, according to the Archdiocese of Paris. >> Read more trending news  The service will be held in a side chapel, ABC News reported. More than $17.7 million in donations have been received by the Notre Dame Foundation to repair the fire-damaged church. Another $425 million has been pledged, CNN reported. Mass will be delivered by Paris Archbishop Michael Aupetit, ABC News reported. While the fire burned the top of the church, the rose windows and the relics contained inside the cathedral, including what many believe was the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion, survived, ABC News reported.
  • The police chief in Victoria, British Columbia, apparently is keeping an eye out for what drivers are flicking out their car windows. For the second time in less than 12 months, Chief Del Manak has issued a driver a ticket for throwing a lit cigarette from their car, The Vancouver Sun reported.  This time it happened Saturday. >> Read more trending news  Manak said the driver tossed his smoke out of his car right in front of the chief.  The ticket, which Manak posted to Twitter, showed the fine of $575 in Canadian currency for the violation of the province’s Wildfire Act. The ticket would be about $430 in the U.S. Manak said that when he asked the driver why he had tossed the cigarette, the man  told him he didn’t want his car to burn, The Vancouver Sun reported.  Manak quipped, “Then don’t smoke in your car.” One Twitter commentator called the ticket stupid, but Manak replied that he actually cut the guy a break and could have tacked on a speeding ticket. Manak ticketed another driver last year for tossing a lit cigarette. That ticket though was only $81 for littering and $138 for speeding, The Vancouver Sun reported.
  • It’s time for another member of the royal family to head to school.  Four-year-old Princess Charlotte will be attending the same school as her big brother Prince George, the “Today” show reported. Kensington Palace announced Friday, the second child of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will attend Thomas’s Battersea in London starting in September. >> Read more trending news  Officials at the prestigious school couldn’t be more proud. “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea. We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September,” headmaster Simon O’Malley said, according to People magazine. Prince George started at the school in 2017. Princess Charlotte had attended Willcocks Nursery School near Kensington Palace starting in January 2018, People reported. The school costs $23,000 a year to attend, the magazine reported.
  • It’s not a shark with a laser beam on its head, but rather a beluga whale with a harness strapped on it. Now people are wondering if the whale, which was seen in the Norwegian Arctic, is in fact a Russian spy. The harness, which is a camera mount, is apparently Russian-made, with the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” written on it, so some are surmising that the whale got out of a Russian military facility, Fox News reported. Fishermen jumped in the water and removed the harness from the whale, The Associated Press reported. The tamed whale had come up to the men’s boat when they noticed the band on the marine mammal. >> Read more trending news  “This is a tame animal that is used to get food served so that is why it has made contacts with the fishermen,” Audun Rikardson, a professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe, told the AP.  Russia has not been known to use whales in the military, but during the Soviet era they trained dolphins, the AP reported. Officials also put the word out in 2016 that they were searching to buy three male and two female bottlenose dolphins, the Washington Post reported.
  • The wooded area that served as inspiration for Winnie the Pooh’s home, the Hundred Acre Wood, has been damaged by a forest fire, but it is expected to rebound. The flames started in Ashdown Forest Sunday night, destroying a valley area near Duddleswell, the BBC reported. Fire officials said the undergrowth was dry and the fire quickly spread, burning about 35 acres of the woodland, CNN reported.  The area was described “as dry as straw,” by Chris Sutton, an area forest ranger. He said ground-nesting birds would have had their homes and eggs destroyed. some reptiles may not have been able to escape the flames, but deer, foxes and other large animals were able to survive, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news  Sutton told the BBC hope is not lost. “Within four weeks, we’ll have grass growing and in six months you probably won’t know too much has gone on here.” This wasn’t the first fire in the area this year. In February, planned burnings started two fires after “a freak gust of wind combined with unseasonably dry conditions,” officials, told the BBC. Writer AA Milne came up with the Winnie the Pooh stories while he lived in the area in the 1920s, CNN reported. 
  • It may be one of the most revered relics held by Notre Dame Cathedral. The Crown of Thorns, the crown supposedly worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, will be part of the procession as the faithful gather on the bridge that links Notre Dame with Paris to mark Good Friday, NBC News reported. The Crown of Thorns was among relics saved by a “human chain” of firefighters, emergency workers and antique experts who passed the holy items from the cathedral to safety as the fire burned, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  The Crown of Thorns and the tabernacle that contained the Eucharist were both locked inside a safe that only a few had the codes to open. Eventually firefighters were able to get the combination and opened the safe as debris and embers fell from above, according to CNN. The Good Friday ceremony, known as the Stations of the Cross, will be held outside of Notre Dame, UPI reported. The Good Friday liturgy and Easter vigil Saturday, will be held at the Basilica of St. Sulpice. Easter Sunday Mass will be held at the Church of St. Eustache, according to UPI.
  • After the fire that damaged the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, there could be hope with its rebuilding.  Multiple millionaires across the globe have pledged hundreds of millions of Euros to help reconstruct what was lost. >> Read more trending news  Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, and his father, Francois Pinault are donating €100 million or about $113 million, to rebuild after the fire, Francois-Henri Pinault said brought his 17-year-old daughter to tears, told a French radio station, according to Business of Fashion. >>Read: Who is Francois-Henri Pinault, billionaire donor to Notre Dame rebuild and Salma Hayek's husband? The Pinaults own Kering, which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, CNN reported. Bernard Arnault, whos LVMH Group owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy, is also donating funds to repair the church, CNN reported. Arnault said he will give €200 million, or nearly $226 million. >>Photos: Notre Dame Cathedral after the fire While the money will help financially with rebuilding, the actual reconstruction could be aided thanks to a project by architectural historian Andrew Tallon. >>Read: Notre Dame Cathedral fire: 'Entire fire is out,' official says; organ saved Tallon, who passed away in November, according to the Society of Architectural Historians, laser mapped every inch of Notre Dame, according to MIT’s Technology Review and National Geographic. The process was documented by National Geographic in 2015 when he scanned the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. For the Notre Dame project, Tallon scanned more than 50 locations in and around the church and collected more than a billion data points, National Geographic reported. There is also another nontraditional source that could shed light on how to rebuild Notre Dame, a video game. The storyline for the game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” was set in Paris, San Francisco Gate reported. One of the game’s artists, Caroline Miousse, said she spent two years working on getting the look of Notre Dame Cathedral, which is one of, if not the, biggest structure in the game, just right. >>Read: How old is Notre Dame Cathedral? 4 things to know The game, which is set in two time periods: the French Revolution and World War II, features the cathedral both inside and out.  Miousse told The Verge in 2014 before the game was released that she spent 80% of her time working on the church. The company that made “Assassin’s Creed,” Ubisoft, also has staff historians to get details for the game. Miousse worked with those historians to get every detail right, including where paintings hung on the walls in real life, The Verge reported. >>Photos: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral on fire  She also incorporated more recent additions, meaning after the set time period of the French Revolution like the iconic spire that collapsed in the fire, were added because players of the game already have a mental picture of Notre Dame Cathedral and it felt that something was missing, according to The Verge. Surprisingly Miousse didn’t ever see Notre Dame Cathedral in person before recreating it in a digital realm. But after she was done making it for “Assassin's Creed Unity,” she visited Notre Dame in Paris, saying she felt like it deja vu. When a guard wasn’t looking, she gave a quick kiss to one of the walls. “For me, it was a lot like visiting my home,” Miousse told The Verge.  
  • A woman in Paris was looking for a man and a little girl she said she photographed shortly before the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral started. Brooke Windsor said she snapped the photo of the stranger and the little girl, who she believes may be a father and daughter, about an hour before the fire was spotted, the BBC reported. She’s reached out on Twitter hoping that social media can help. >> Read more trending news  Amazingly, they’ve been found, ABC News reported. But the father in the photo has asked not to release their names. Windsor said the father told her that he “will find a special place for it,” ABC News reported. The photo, which was taken at 5:57 p.m. local time, had been retweeted more than 225,000 times by Thursday afternoon. >>Read: Notre Dame Cathedral fire: 'Entire fire is out,' official says; organ saved After taking the photo, Windsor, who is visiting Paris from Michigan, according to the BBC, walked to the Louvre and that’s where she and her companions noticed smoke. The structure of the cathedral survived the blaze, but officials said there are “some vulnerabilities,” CNN reported. >>Read: Notre Dame Cathedral fire: What religious relics were stored there? Many relics and works of art were saved from the flames, including the Crown of Thorns, which is believed to be the crown placed on Jesus head, according to CNN.
  • A fire is burning at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, collapsing the spire of the iconic church. Flames continued to shoot from the cathedral sending thick smoke into the air. Many were people watching the events unfold via social media and sharing their reaction online. >> Read more trending news