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How one university saved Savannah's architectural history

In his 1994 Pulitzer Prize finalist "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," John Berendt wrote, "For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large."

Barbara Starr: Amid disaster, the human spirit shines through

When the cathedral's spire fell into the fire at Notre Dame I felt physically sick. All night long, I watched social media videos of the smoke and flames, of the people of Paris standing in horror, some on their knees singing to the church -- images that brought tears to many eyes around the world.

Why the Notre Dame fire was so hard to put out

Notre Dame's centuries-old wooden roof beams, stone exterior and soaring Gothic architecture made Monday's blaze especially difficult to tackle and Paris firefighters deserve praise for their efforts, experts say.

Watching Notre Dame burn, the entire world was in pain

The spire tumbling down in a blaze, the flames shooting out behind the familiar façade of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris, made our throats close in anguish. French President Emmanuel Macron said his thoughts were with "all Catholics and all French people," but in fact, it felt like the entire world was in pain watching the 800-year-old building turn into a blazing inferno, on its way to becoming ashes and stones.

Your memories of Notre Dame Cathedral

The world watched on Monday as a fire engulfed the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, causing the collapse of the cathedral's iconic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century.

Llama sacrifice site found in Lake Titicaca

Sprawling across the Andean mountain border between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is a popular spot with travelers who visit the floating reed islands of the Uru people, or the religious festivals of Copacabana.

Norway to return Easter Island artifacts

A Norwegian museum has agreed to return thousands of artifacts and human remains to Easter Island, after they were taken by explorer Thor Heyerdahl during two expeditions in the 20th century.

Library of Congress adds 25 recordings

The Library of Congress has added 25 recordings to its National Recording Registry that it calls "audio treasures." They include albums from Jay-Z and Cyndi Lauper, a speech by Robert F. Kennedy, a Schoolhouse Rock! boxed set and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

27,000-year-old giant ground sloth tooth found

Fossil discoveries are exciting on their own, but sometimes, they carry even more information about the past. Newly uncovered fossils from an extinct giant ground sloth that lived in Belize 27,000 years ago provide a portrait of what the climate was like for the last year that the sloth was alive, according to a new study.

Explicit Roman graffiti to be captured for posterity

While repairing Hadrian's Wall in the third century, some Roman soldiers amused themselves with a secondary activity: carving explicit graffiti. Now, archaeologists are creating a 3D record of the ancient markings, before they're lost to erosion.

Did volcanoes contribute to the demise of the dinosaurs?

Nearly 66 million years ago, a mass extinction event wiped out the dinosaurs and most life on Earth at the end of the Cretaceous period. When an impact crater and other evidence of an ancient asteroid strike were discovered in the 1980s and 1990s, researchers believed that an asteroid caused the mass extinction.