Full eclipse due Wednesday
If you missed April's total eclipse of the moon, now's your chance. But you'll need to get up early. Wednesday morning, if the skies are clear, North Americans will have prime viewing of a full lunar eclipse, especially in the West. The full moon will be obscured by Earth's shadow in the predawn hours. The total eclipse will last an hour, until sunrise on the East Coast. It also will be visible across Australia and much of Asia. Europe, Africa and the eastern tip of Brazil won't get the show. The moon will appear orange or red, due to sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere. That's why it's called a blood moon.
Bloomberg a knight, minus sir
Michael Bloomberg is a knight — but he won't be Sir Mike. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on the billionaire businessman and former New York mayor. The British government said Monday that he was made an honorary knight in recognition of his "prodigious entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors" and his work to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Because he is a U.S. citizen, he won't be entitled to use the title "sir" before his name. Previous recipients of honorary knighthoods include movie director Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and actor Angelina Jolie.
By the Numbers
$497M Amount that could be saved every year if smoking were universally banned in subsidized and public housing, according to a new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The savings would come from reductions in secondhand smoke, and fewer fires and less spending on health care.