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Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds
more injured all across Sri Lanka as a result of eight coordinated explosions. This video shows the moment of one of the explosions. The blast took place simultaneously at several
churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, one of the holiest days of the year for Christians. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says several
US citizens were among those killed. Very little is known about who is behind the
explosions but investigators say three police officers were killed at a house raid while
investigating the attacks. When police started questioning the suspects,
there were two explosions in the house. Pope Francis led Easter Mass in Vatican Square
where he offered heartfelt condolences to the victims of the bombings. Starting at midnight the Eiffel towel in Paris
will go dark to pay tribute to the victims. On a positive note, thousands of people celebrated
Easter in Paris in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. The 900-year-old church nearly burned down
in the days leading up to Easter but that didn’t stop people from worshiping in front
of the ashes. Nearly $1 billion has poured in to help rebuild
the church. And France announced it is holding an international
architectural design competition to redesign the spire that fell over during the fire. A Louisiana man faces a hate crime charge after he allegedly tried to run over an interracial couple. Prosecutors say James Descant accelerated
his truck toward the couple, a black man and a white woman. The man was able to get out of the way but
the woman was hit, suffering hip, wrist and foot injuries. Police say Descant was upset about the couple’s
interracial relationship. Descant was arrested the day after the incident
in a convenience store parking lot. The victims said they had a previous interaction
with the suspect at a local motel in the past week. Descant is being held on hate crimes and other
charges. Nearly 14,000 people showed up at Hippie Hill
in San Francisco to celebrate marijuana, which is legal in California. Officials say the event was pretty mellow
with only a handful of arrests. Festival goers who got the munchies could
buy things like pans of Cap’n Crunch cereal. This is the first time the celebrations have
fallen on a Saturday since recreational marijuana was made legal in the state in 2016. According to Forbes, California collected
$345 million in tax revenue from recreational cannabis the 2018. That’s short of the $1 billion analysts had
predicted. “The Curse of La Llorona” topped this weekend’s
box office. The R-rated horror flick brought in $25 million
for its debut. It was a big hit with Hispanic audiences who
accounted for nearly 50 percent of ticket sales. Warner Brothers’ “Shazam” held strong in second-place
with more than $17 million. The Christian drama “Breakthrough” opened solidly
in third place to $11 million. Also opening this weekend was Disney’s “Penguins”
documentary, which is expected to haul in around $3 million. You may have heard of goat yoga and puppy
yoga. Now in honor of Easter weekend, YogaSoul studio
in Nashville has introduced bunny yoga. During the hour-long class, the bunnies are
allowed to just hop around the room and interact with people. All of the bunnies were provided by Nashville
Bunny Rescue and are available for adoption. Proceeds from the class go to the rescue group. The studio says it plans to host another bunny
yoga class soon. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow
us on Twitter. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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