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The third "blood moon" in a four-part
series was the shortest eclipse of the
bunch, but still a sweet treat for early
risers in North America.
The moon slipped fully into Earth's
shadow at 7.58 am yesterday, starting a
total lunar eclipse for nearly five
minutes---what Nasa says will be the
shortest such eclipse of the century.
The celestial body took on a burnt-
orange tint in the minutes before, during
and after the total eclipse, giving the
moon the appearance that earns total
eclipses the "blood moon" nickname.
Watchers in the eastern half of North
America caught only a partial eclipse---
and in some places, an orange one---
before the moon set below the horizon.
The event started at 6.16 am, when
the moon began moving into Earth's
People from the US West Coast to
Australia were able to catch the total
Nasa says lunar eclipses typically
happen at least twice a year, but this
eclipse is the third in a series of four in a
row, known as a "tetrad." The first was
April 15, 2014, and the second was
October 23, 2014. The space agency
predicts the next one will come
September 28. (CNN)
Early risers see 'blood moon'
Fidel Castro, the frail and ageing former pres-
ident of Cuba, made his first public appearance
this week in more than a year, shaking hands
with a group of Venezuelan visitors, according
to official Cuban media.
It was also his first public appearance since
President Barac Obama announced a new policy
toward normalising relations with Cuba.
The 88-year-old Castro was last seen in public
in January 2014, at the inauguration of an artist s
The official Cuban Web site Cubadebate on
Friday published four images of Castro sitting
inside a bus or van shaking hands with members
of the 33-person group of visitors.
Wearing a baseball cap and sporting longish
gray hair and a beard, Castro is shown gripping
the outstretched hand of four different people
who lean through the window. Castro s face is
largely obscured in the pictures.
Cubadebate said the encounter occurred in
Havana outside an educational complex on March
30, but did not explain why the news wasn t
reported until yesterday.
Castro temporarily stepped aside as president
in July 2006 due to a serious illness. His brother
Raul took over the post permanently in February
2008 after he was elected as the new leader.
An article accompanying the photos said Castro
shook hands with the Venezuelan group "for
hours" during the "chance encounter." The article
said the group noted that "Fidel is full of vital-
It said the Venezuelans were impressed by his
lengthy and hearty hand-shaking session and the
"lucidity of the attentive listener to the multiple
details of the Venezuelan reality, especially now
that this great nation has become the target of
In his remarks to the visitors, Castro was quoted
as urging people to write to President Obama to
stop labelling Venezuela a threat to the United
Venezuela, under the late President Hugo
Chavez, forged probably the closest ties with Cuba
of any country in Latin America. (USA Today)
makes rare public
Kentucky was swamped by wave after
wave of heavy rain, unleashing flash flood-
ing that swept a mother and child into a
creek, stranded a school bus and forced
more than 160 rescues in Louisville.
The rains started Thursday and continued
Friday in portions of the Bluegrass state.
In Lee County, authorities searched for
the mother and child swept away by rushing
water on Friday as rescue workers were
attempting a rescue, Kentucky State Police
Trooper Robert Purdy said.
The two were stranded in their vehicle
in high water Friday morning on an eastern
Kentucky highway. Rescue workers lost sight
of them about two hours later, Purdy said.
As rain pushed through parts of the South
and Midwest, severe thunderstorms were
also blamed for the death of a woman who
was camping with her family at Natural
Bridge State Resort Park in eastern Ken-
Meanwhile, thousands of people in south
central Kansas lost power amid winds that
reached nearly 90 mph downed trees and
damaged buildings overnight and early Fri-
day, and a possible tornado was being inves-
tigated in Oklahoma.
In Louisville, Simone Wester awoke Friday
to the sight of boats carting away her neigh-
"It looked like a hurricane struck, said
Wester, whose apartment complex was sur-
rounded by floodwaters, waist-deep in some
places. "I didn t know what to do."
Wester, 20, and her seven-month-old
son, Jeremiah, were rescued by a man who
removed his socks and waded through the
floodwaters toward her. The man, Kevin
Mansfield, charted a navigable path and
ushered her out of the flooding.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said more
than 160 water rescues had been made.
In Powell County, Kentucky, Catherine
Carlson, 45, was killed and her husband
was injured when a large tree limb fell on
their tent, said Coroner Hondo Hearne.
Their three children didn t appear to be
injured, he said.
The campground where the family was
staying was evacuated due to flash flooding,
said Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the state
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
A northern Kentucky school bus with 16
students aboard was stranded for about
three hours by floodwaters that covered
roads to schools. The Grant County students
and bus driver eventually climbed up an
embankment next to the bus and walked
about a half mile to higher ground, where
they were picked up, said Nancy Howe, a
school district spokeswoman.
In Kansas, no deaths were reported but
six people were injured in a severe thun-
derstorm, emergency management officials
said. Several buildings were damaged in
Newton and the Jabara Airport in Wichita
was closed Friday morning because of storm
debris on the airfield.
In Oklahoma, the National Weather Serv-
ice plans to send a survey team to Ottawa
County to investigate reports of a tornado
The possible tornado near Afton was part
of a storm system that moved through
northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern
Arkansas late Thursday and early Friday.
Elsewhere, heavy rains that drenched
parts of southern Indiana with nearly 4
inches of rain sparked flooding that trapped
two truck drivers and a motorist in their
vehicles Friday before emergency crews fer-
ried them to dry ground.
In Kentucky, more than 6 inches of rain
fell in Louisville, and Lexington had received
more than 5 inches, he said.
Some cars were submerged by high water
on roads next to the University of Louisville s
main campus, said school spokesman Mark
Hebert. A few campus buildings had water
in the basements, he said. Early classes were
canceled Friday, but classes resumed by
midmorning, he said.
Bill Mattingly, assistant chief of the
Okolona Fire Protection District, said flood-
waters started pouring into first-floor apart-
Jefferson County Public Schools in
Louisville cancelled classes Friday. (AP)
Rains hit Kentucky
...mother, child missing in flood
Actor Lucas Valentim, right, plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the
Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his
crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. AP PHOTO
PASSION OF CHRIST
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