Solar eclipse dazzles
From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar eclipse today. Stubborn clouds that many feared would ruin the view parted — somewhat — in north Queensland, defying forecasts of a total eclipse-viewing bust.
Flooding brings misery
The rain has tapered off and floodwaters no longer claw at houses, but the situation across much of Haiti remained grim on Tuesday following an autumn of punishing rains that have killed scores of people and that threaten to cause even more hunger across the impoverished nation. Heavy rains began falling in southern Haiti even before Hurricane Sandy passed just west of the country’s southern peninsula the night of Oct. 24, dropping more than 20 inches of rain within a 24-hour period.
Tiger killer punished
A hunter in Russia’s far east was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of community service and fined about $18,500 for killing a Siberian tiger, a rare case in this country of punishment for poaching the endangered animal. Khasan District Court found Alexander Belyayev guilty of killing one of the remaining 500 tigers in the Maritime and Khabarovsk territories. Ecologists hailed the verdict as a success in the struggle to protect the species.
Beatles artwork sells
Sotheby’s says an original piece of artwork from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album has fetched $87,720 at an auction. The auction house said the original 1967 collage for the insert to the album sold to a bidder in London on Tuesday. The sale marked the first time the collage by Sir Peter Blake was on the market.
Compiled from wire reports.