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5 things you need to know this morning: April 18, 2019

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Man in custody after bringing gas cans into St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Just two days after the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames, a similar fate almost came upon a cathedral in New York. A man reportedly walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two gasoline cans, two bottles of lighter fluid and two lights on Wednesday. Luckily, police were able to apprehend him without incident.

2. The full NFL schedule has arrived

It’s finally here. The NFL’s 2019 regular season schedule was released on Wednesday and it all begins with a divisional matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The defending champion New England Patriots open their season against the Antonio Bronwless Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 8.

3. Taiwan hit by powerful earthquake

Taiwan was shook by a powerful earthquake on Thursday. The tremor had a magnitude of 6.1 and struck the country’s coastal city of Jualien. Videos show plenty of shaking and panic, but there’s been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

4. College kids are living lavishly in empty Vancouver mansions

With Vancouver facing its weakest home sales in some time, homeowners are struggling to rent out some of the city’s nicest mansions. Homes worth more than $3-million are being rented out for as low as $3,500, which has groups of college kids pouncing at the opportunity. In addition, the empty-home tax has homeowners rushing even more to find anyone to rent these large houses.

5. Dad digs dog’s grave in front of him, dog gets new lease on life

A bizarre story out of rural Virginia is getting a lot of attention on Twitter, but it does have a happy ending. Franklin Hardy explains that his dad was told by his vet over the phone that his dog would need to be put down. The dad started to dig the poor puppy’s grave, but the dog was watching him do it! Thankfully, when the vet arrived at the house to do the deed, he realized the health scare was a false alarm and the dog had a new lease on life.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Kourtney Kardashian (40), David Tennant (48), Conan O’Brien (56), Kenny Ortega (69), Miguel Cabrera (36), James Woods (72)

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Bloomberg.

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