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Broken angels: Inside the lab working to restore Notre Dame

CHAMPS-SUR-MARNE, France — The golden angel once glimmered majestically from Notre Dame's vault.

Now, with a broken nose, chipped gold-leaf and a smashed bust, it stares up blankly at a warehouse roof in the outskirts of Paris where blackened fragments of the famed cathedral's stained glass mingle with organ pipes and jagged vault stones.

Avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Record

WAILUKU, Hawaii—A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world's heaviest avocado.

The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported yesterday.

The average avocado weighs about 6 ounces (170 grams), according to Guinness officials.

Greek fashion firms revitalize centuries-old silk tradition

SOUFLI, Greece — At Kostas Mouhtaridis’ silk factory in Soufli, the non-stop “clunk-click” of the weaving machinery is a loud but welcome sound.

The factory is a few hundred meters from the Evros River, which forms Greece’s natural border with Turkey. It is one of Europe’s most heavily militarized areas, patrolled constantly to deter illegal immigration into the European Union.

Woman guilt of tresspassing for zoo selfie

BISMARCK, N.D.—An 18-year-old North Dakota woman who authorities say jumped a zoo guard rail to take a selfie in front of a primate cage has pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Ashlee Brown was fined $300 after yesterday's guilty plea and will be on unsupervised probation for nearly a year.

She can keep the incident off her record if she stays out of trouble during that time.