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Construction on the facade of Notre Dame. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The French senate approved a plan on Monday to restore the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral, but specified that the structure be rebuilt to match its original look, following a push for a more innovative remodel, reports the Local France.

The backdrop: April 15's blaze scorched the roof of the centuries-old structure, devastating one of the nation's most beloved landmarks. Since, the rebuild has been the subject of heated political debate, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling for "an inventive reconstruction," while the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo prefers an identical restoration.

What's next: The final plan will be determined by negotiations between the senate and the National Assemblée and must be loyal to the “last known visual state” of the cathedral. The plan stipulates that construction be completed in time for the 2024 Olympics, which Paris is expected to host.

Go deeper: Notre Dame fire: Pledges to help rebuild cathedral tops more than $1 billion

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.

Scoop: Uber in talks to sell air taxi business to Joby

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Uber is in advanced talks to sell its Uber Elevate unit to Joby Aviation, Axios has learned from multiple sources. A deal could be announced later this month.

Between the lines: Uber Elevate was formed to develop a network of self-driving air taxis, but to date has been most notable for its annual conference devoted to the nascent industry.