Vancouver opens a quadrennial rite that, with its daring triple axels, suborbital ski jumps, and inspiring teamwork, can uplift a world weary of conflict and recession.
In Italy, sympathy for embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after a Dec. 13 attack could prove a useful means of dividing the opposition, rebuilding his popularity, and manipulating the judicial system.
It's been nine years since the Yankees' last World Series title – an eternity for New York. But the Yanks are well positioned to make amends, starting Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.
The practice is spreading as the US unemployment rate hits 7.6 percent.
More Americans raise chickens in their backyards
The Phillies' win may go beyond the city to benefit Major League Baseball more widely.
Think cash, CDs, and government bonds, for a start.
Fall chrysanthemum shows around the US.