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April 8, 2014

When you look outside late on April 14 or early April 15 and the moon is red, don't panic; it's just a full lunar eclipse.

Why is it red? Sky & Telescope magazine explains that as the Earth moves directly between the moon and sun, scattered light from sunsets and sunrises on the edge of our planet are reflected on the moon's surface. "If you were standing on the moon during a total lunar eclipse you would see the Earth as a black disk with a brilliant orange ring around it," Sky and Telescope's Alan MacRobert tells the Los Angeles Times. "And this brilliant ring would be bright enough to dimly light up the lunar landscape."

At 10:58 Pacific Daylight Time on April 14, or 1:58 Eastern Daylight Time on April 15, the moon will begin to move into the Earth's shadow. The full lunar eclipse will start at 12:07 a.m. PDT, 3:07 a.m. EDT, and last about an hour and 15 minutes. It will be visible in most of the United States, Canada, and Central America (Sky & Telescope has a useful map). If you miss this "blood moon," don't fret; there are three more behind it (that's called an eclipse tetrad). The next one will occur in October. --Catherine Garcia

11:13 p.m. ET

Claire Danes lit up the room at the 2016 Met Gala, thanks to designer Zac Posen embracing the event's technology theme.

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Posen used fiber optic woven organza from France to create a shimmering gown for Danes, powered by 30 mini-battery packs. "I went through a sequence of stages throughout the process of draping this gown, playing with motion and structure to capture the emotional engineering," Posen said in a statement. "The gown is hollow underneath with no tulle — holding its own structure." See the dress in action in the video below. Catherine Garcia

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10:22 p.m. ET

The stars were out Monday night in New York City for the 2016 Met Gala. This year's fête revolved around the latest exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." The color of the night appeared to be silver (worn by Lady Gaga, Ciara, Kanye West, various Kardashians and Jenners), and trends included dark lips (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry), liquid-like metallics (Lupita Nyong'o), lots of cut outs (Nicole Kidman, Hailee Steinfeld), buckles and straps (Emma Stone, Nicki Minaj), and subdued pops of color (Zoe Saldana). Catherine Garcia

8:52 p.m. ET

Donald Trump has insulted her appearance, said that listening to her for more than 10 minutes will give you a headache, and called her tenure at Hewlett-Packard "terrible, terrible, terrible," but on Monday he admitted that even he would have helped Carly Fiorina up when she fell off a stage this weekend in Indiana.

Video has surfaced of Fiorina introducing Ted and Heidi Cruz during a rally in Lafayette, then suddenly disappearing from the stage. It turns out she took a tumble, and Heidi Cruz made an effort to help her back up. Ted Cruz didn't seem to notice (or, judging by the footage, just didn't care) that she was on the ground and continued to shake hands with the supporters surrounding him. "Cruz didn't do anything! Even I would have helped her, okay?" the suddenly chivalrous Trump told a crowd Monday in Carmel, Indiana. "She fell off! She just went down! She went down a long way."

Trump added that it was "really cruel" of Cruz to ignore Fiorina's fall, and accurately called it a "weird deal." Catherine Garcia

7:58 p.m. ET
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When you are a princess and you're turning 1, you're going to get some impressive gifts, and Princess Charlotte has received presents from world leaders, organizations, and fans in 64 different countries.

Kensington Palace released a list of all of the gifts Princess Charlotte has received on the occasion of her first birthday, as well as some she was given earlier, and said that her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are "incredibly grateful." Her uncle, Prince Harry, brought back a New Zealand Rugby sleepsuit and Wellington Rugby snowsuit from his trip to the country, while her maternal aunt, Pippa Middleton, gave her a $6 pack of biodegradable diapers. British Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, and the government of Australia sent a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool, embroidered with a floral emblem by the ACT Embroiderers' Guild. In turn, the guild donated $10,000 to Healesville Sanctuary, a bushland haven for wildlife.

One of the most expensive gifts was a $45,000 18k white gold rattle studded with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires from the Natural Sapphire Company. The Canadian prime minister gifted Princess Charlotte with a book and snowsuit, and donated $100,000 in her honor to Immunize Canada, which promotes vaccinations. She also received from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key teddy bears, blankets, and booties made from Stansborough wool, and from Chinese President Xi Jinping, a set of silk figurines depicting the Chinese story Dream of the Red Chamber. During their trip to England last month, President and Michelle Obama presented her with a jigsaw puzzle and stuffed Bo dog, matching one already owned by her brother, Prince George. Kensington Palace said some of the items are being used by Princess Charlotte, while others are in storage or were "donated to organizations which could make good use of them." Catherine Garcia

6:58 p.m. ET

On the day before the all-important Indiana Republican primary, Ted Cruz spent nearly eight minutes trying to change the mind of a Donald Trump supporter, who responded by asking Cruz where his "Goldman Sachs jacket" was and demanding that he drop out of the race because "Indiana don't want you."

Cruz was in Marion, Indiana, campaigning alongside Gov. Mike Pence (R), when several protesters began chanting "Lyin' Ted" and "Do the math! Do the math!" Cruz approached one man to tell him he appreciated him "standing up" for what he believes, and said he is "running to be everybody's president." The man reminded Cruz he asked John Kasich to drop out of the race, adding, "It's your turn!" and asked him "Where's your Goldman Sachs jacket? We know your wife works there."

The two continued to go back and forth, with Cruz trying to tell the man that many of Trump's products aren't made in the United States, and he told the New York Times editorial board that he would not really build a giant wall along the U.S. and Mexico border. "Sir, with all respect, Donald Trump is deceiving you," Cruz finally said. "He is playing you for a chump."

Cruz also took the time to pat himself on the back, saying, "If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't have come over here and talked to you," he said. "I wouldn't have shown you that respect. In fact, I would have told those folks over there, 'Go over and punch those guys in the face.' That's what Donald does to protesters." The protester, unmoved, told Cruz he would find out on Tuesday that "Indiana don't want you." Catherine Garcia

5:13 p.m. ET
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No matter what you think about soccer, you have to respect a good underdog story. And the Leicester City Foxes just pulled off the ultimate feel-good sports story, winning soccer's Premier League title thanks to Chelsea F.C. fighting the Tottenham Hotspurs to a draw Monday.

How do two unrelated teams factor into Leicester City's victory? Our own Jeva Lange broke it all down here, but the short version is: The standings dictated that the Foxes needed the Spurs to lose just one of their remaining three games in order to clinch the title. And after jumping out to a 2-0 lead against Chelsea, the Spurs let Chelsea rally back to a 2-2 draw. With the draw, Tottenham forfeited its long-shot comeback bid for the title, and Leicester City — which began the season with 5,000-to-1 odds to win — claimed the crown.

The Premier League is the most-watched soccer league in the world and features the heavy hitters of the sport, such as Manchester United and Liverpool (in addition to Chelsea). The title is the Foxes' first in their 132-year history. To read more about how Leicester City made it to the top, check out David Winner's feature at Newsweek. Kimberly Alters

5:08 p.m. ET
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Full-time employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities are now allowed to carry guns on campus with proper handgun permits, WKRN-TV reports. The law, which Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed to pass without his signature, is set to go into effect July 1.

"I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year," Haslam wrote to the House and Senate on Monday. "Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns."

A state senator proposed the bill following a fatal October shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Julie Kliegman

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