There's already something special about a spring sunrise. Add in a solar eclipse, and it becomes a thing to be remembered for ages to come.
Early-risers, and people prepared to sacrifice a couple of hours of sleep for a killer view, were treated to a partial eclipse just as the sun was rising across the eastern half of North America.
With the moon at its furthers from the Earth, it wouldn't have covered the sun's face completely at totality, giving the appearance of a "ring of fire," hence the "annular" name for this kind of eclipse.
That would only have been visible to people living along a line spanning from northern Ontario through to the Canadian Arctic and Siberia. To others, it would simply have been a partial eclipse, but with a dawn-hour timing that would give it a magic of its own.
Below are a few shots of the eclipse as it appeared in the early hours of Thursday.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — They were a pair of young doctors in love who put off marriage to save lives. As the pandemic raged in Ecuador last year, they posted a social media photo of themselves dressed in biohazard suits kissing and holding a sign saying: “Today was to be our wedding day, but instead…” David Vallejo and Mavelin Bonilla’s decision to postpone their May 23, 2020, wedding to treat COVID-19 patients at a large public hospital in southern Quito moved many people in Ecuador and beyond. A
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being allowed to check out from his quarantine hotel roughly 12 hours after checking in. Trudeau's office says he received his negative COVID-19 test Wednesday morning and can now leave the three-star Ottawa lodging. Members of his delegation to Europe who landed in Ottawa around 7 p.m. were tested on arrival and received negative test results the next day at about 8 a.m. Trudeau was overseas from last Thursday until Tuesday for summits with other G7, NA
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Divisions flared quickly on Wednesday as U.S. Catholic bishops opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item — whether to take initial steps toward a possible rebuke of politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights. Some said the issue was so important and contentious that all the more than 260 participating bishops should have an opportunity to address it during the three-day meeting that’s being held virtually. Others deri
TORONTO — Like his adorable sea-monster character in Disney and Pixar's new animated film "Luca," actor Jacob Tremblay is set for some summertime fun. And the Vancouver-raised star says he hopes for more adventures on the horizon, now that he's had his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The 14-year-old posted a video of himself getting the jab on Twitter on May 30 and says it provided a sense of "relief" as he heads into the warmer months, with planned family outings including a visit to Osoyoos
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim's 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even more weight? Is he struggling for breath after relatively short walks? What about that cane? Why did he miss that important state anniversary? Now, the 37-year-old faces fresh speculation in the South about his health again. But this
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors. Barbara Jones, who will serve as the “special master” in the review, said in her first report to a federal judge that she will not be looking at everything seized in the late-April raids on ex-President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney. Instead, she'll look at “potentially pr
Toronto police said they believe the man and woman were under the influence of drugs when they tried to break into the Islamic Institute of Toronto. Despite threats to cause harm, police did not find any weapons or explosives. Marianne Dimain reports.
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BERLIN (AP) — A German-Algerian woman was convicted Wednesday of membership in the Islamic State group and of holding Yazidi women as slaves in Syria after she traveled there as a teenager. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. The state court in Duesseldorf announced its verdict against the 23-year-old defendant, identified only as Sarah O. in line with German privacy rules, after a trial held behind closed doors because some of the offenses were committed when she was a minor. The court
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has issued a directive ordering all civil servants to use the legal spelling of the prime minister's name, after a court earlier squashed a detention order that was signed by the leader using his more widely known unofficial spelling. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's office told all civil servants in a circular earlier June to use his real name, Mahiaddin Yasin, in all formal documents. It said this followed advice from the Attorney-General's
Hair salon owners are calling on Ontario to allow their industry to reopen, saying their establishments are safe and employ ample measures to guard against COVID-19. The province entered the first phase of a three-step reopening plan last Friday. Non-essential retailers were able to reopen, patio dining resumed and outdoor fitness classes restarted, among other things. Hair salons and other personal care services, however, are only slated to open in Step 2, which won't kick in until next month.
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Court documents filed by the RCMP provide new details about the search for the gunman in last year’s shooting rampage in Nova Scotia, including false sightings, how police got a photo of the fake police vehicle and that the gunman wanted to kill more people.