Darth Vader was named postmaster for the day at a postal office in Tokyo on July 1, 2008.
The Sochi Olympics have made news for unfinished hotels, unsafe event venues, and security concerns. Compared to all that, the mascots, which made their first appearance at a welcome ceremony, seem incredibly normal, and possibly the only link to past Olympics.
Electric cooperatives have served rural Americans for generations. Some are taking advantage of their member-owned status to begin weaning their regions off of fossil fuels.
As global warming pushes back the Arctic Sea ice, uncovering new natural-resource deposits, China is looking to establish its presence in the north.