Vox Sentences: One man, 39 measles cases

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A single traveler unknowingly spreads measles in Michigan; the death of an ISIS-affiliated group’s leader is confirmed in the Philippines.


Michigan’s “patient zero”

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  • The measles outbreak is now rapidly spreading beyond New York, where it was most concentrated. State officials have now identified the cause of 39 cases in Michigan: a single traveler. [Washington Post / Lena H.

Notre Dame has always been the people’s cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris was never the preferred cathedral of kings. French monarchs avoided it, preferring to be crowned at Reims, about 80 miles northeast of Paris, and buried at the Basilica of Saint-Denis, which is now a Parisian suburb.

Notre Dame was instead the cathedral of ordinary Parisians. Since the Middle Ages, it’s been the backdrop against which the city’s inhabitants have lived their lives. The building, which stands on a small island in the Seine River, was a constant amid the upheaval of the French Revolution and the terrors of the Nazi occupation. As one 14th century scholar …

Bernie Sanders’s Fox News town hall wasn’t a debate. Bernie won anyway.

Bernie Sanders’s Fox News town hall, which aired Monday night, showed that contrary to the belief of many of his detractors (and some of his supporters), the Vermont senator really does have more than one rhetorical mode.

There was the mode he used for the town hall part, and the mode he used for the Fox News part — represented by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, who liberally interspersed questions from the audience with questions of their own.

When speaking directly to audience members or to the TV audience watching at home, Sanders was sincere and open. When …

The devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire, in 13 photos

The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is burning in a massive fire that has already destroyed the monument’s spire and is threatening to consume the entire structure.

The blaze erupted at the centuries-old cathedral on Monday around 6:30 pm local time; news of the fire spread rapidly on social media as people shared photos showing bright-orange flames and smoke pouring from a spire of the church.

Images on social media later showed the cathedral’s spire collapsing, swallowed up by the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, though police told the Guardian that …

Watch: Game of Thrones’ opening credits get a dramatic overhaul for season 8

Game of Thrones changes its opening credits with each and every episode, both to signify which actors appear in the coming installment and to display the various locations it will encompass. The aerial fly-over of Westeros (and Essos, before season seven) features the cities and citadels, the castles and keeps, that feature in each hour.

But the credits have rarely received as dramatic an overhaul as they did in the season eight premiere, “Winterfell.” Because the episode takes place in just three locations — the main hubs of Winterfell and King’s Landing, as well as the never-before-seen Last Hearth (the …

Trump officials say sanctuary city migrant plan under review

President Donald Trump’s surrogates tried to clarify his tweeted proposal to bus detained immigrants to “sanctuary cities” Sunday, but left the matter nearly as unsettled as it had been when the president initially reintroduced the plan his own administration had declared dead.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on This Week with George Stephanopolous and Meet the Press, respectively, to discuss immigration. Sanders endorsed the proposal, but stopped short of saying it would become White House policy to place migrants from the US/Mexico border in liberal districts with self-declared “sanctuary cities,” such as Nancy …

AI triumphs against the world’s top pro team in strategy game Dota 2

Pro gamers, look out — for the first time ever, a world champion e-sports team has lost to an AI team.

In a series of live competitions between the reigning Dota 2 world champion team OG and the five-bot team OpenAI Five, the AI won two matches back-to-back, settling the best-of-three tournament. With 45,000 years of practice at Dota 2 under its belt, the system looked unstoppable — deftly navigating strategic decisions and racing to press its advantages with uncannily good judgment.

It’s a milestone that the top AI labs in the world have been frantically pushing toward in the …

Trump leaves door open for third North Korea summit

President Donald Trump signaled he’s open to another summit with North Korea in a pair of tweets Saturday. The president’s message followed a speech by Kim Jong Un last week in which the leader presented the US with a deadline for moving negotiations between the two countries forward.

According to North Korean state media, Kim took a tough approach, saying, “It is essential for the US to quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one.”

The North Korean leader said he plans to give the Trump administration “till the end of this year” to come …

Vox Sentences: Black churches are burning

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In Louisiana, three churches burned in 10 days, and police have finally arrested a suspect; Nigerian women fight back against sexual harassment.


Suspect arrested in black church fires

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  • Three historically black churches were set on fire in the span of 10 days, and Louisiana police have finally arrested a suspect: Holden Matthews, 21, who happens to be the son of

White House: We’re not considering busing migrants to “sanctuary cities.” Trump: Yes, we are!

Nothing makes President Donald Trump more convinced that something is a good idea than people telling him he can’t, or shouldn’t, do it.

On Friday, that meant endorsing — as a plan under “strong considerations” — a proposal that the White House had told reporters hours earlier was simply discussed in passing and rejected for good.

On Thursday night, the Washington Post reported that on two occasions — in November and again in February — the White House had tried to pressure Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to deposit immigrant detainees in “sanctuary cities” like the San Francisco district of …