April 19, 2019

UK to introduce first age-verification system for online pornography

scyther5/iStock(LONDON) -- The United Kingdom said it will introduce a law requiring Age Verification Certificates, or AVCs, to view online pornography beginning in July, making it the first country to do so. Digital rights campaigners have criticized the decision aimed at ensuring only those 18 and older can view the material, producers of which could face massive fines or be banned from service providers if they don't comply. The government hasn't yet explained exactly how AVCs woul..
April 18, 2019

Three ‘highly experienced’ climbers presumed dead after avalanche at Canadian national park

Craig Zerbe/iStock(NEW YORK) -- One American and two European climbers are presumed dead after after an avalanche at a national park in Canada. The mountaineers, who have not been named, were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak at Banff National Park in Alberta on Tuesday but were reported overdue on Wednesday, Parks Canada said in a statement. Visitor safety specialists then responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment on the Ic..
April 18, 2019

Woman finds man and girl from viral photo taken outside Notre Dame before fire

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The father and daughter captured in a photograph in front of Notre Dame an hour before a massive fire erupted and destroyed parts of the building has been found. But, the dad has asked to keep their identities a secret. Brooke Windsor, who took the photo, tweeted on Thursday morning, “The search is over! The photo has reached the dad and family.” Windsor relayed that the father asked to remain anonymous in the wake of the tragedy. She shared on Twitter that he ..
April 18, 2019

France pays tribute to firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral

CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- France is paying tribute Thursday to the hundreds of firefighters who saved the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral from utter collapse. Nearly 500 firefighters battled a massive fire at the 12th century Catholic cathedral in Paris for several hours Monday night. The flames devoured its oak-ribbed roof and 300-foot spire, but the overall facade of the medieval edifice, including its iconic belfries and rose-stained glass windows, was mostly kep..