Apr 16, 2019

Notre Dame fire: Inquiry launched after blaze extinguished

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris following a fire that destroyed much of the building on Monday. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images

Investigations have begun into the cause of the devastating fire at Notre Dame, which toppled the Paris cathedral's spire and caused the roof to collapse.

Details: Paris firefighters spokesperson Gabriel Plus confirmed the blaze was extinguished. "Now we're in the phase of investigating," he told reporters Tuesday morning. Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nuñez said pockets of fire continued to burn inside the building. Authorities were concerned for the structure's soundness and would conduct checks.

In pictures: Firefighters released video Tuesday morning of the battle to save the Paris icon — which involved 400 personnel.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.