Manic Mother Nature. Another day, another weather roller coaster.  Hold on tight.  Last week, brutal snow paralyzed much of the nation. This week, rumbling tornadoes are knocking out power in various states. Large sections of the Midwest and South were under tornado watches last night, with Tennessee and Illinois among the hardest hit.


Mixed messages: Protests. Talks. Violence. That seems to be the cycle in Ukraine this week. Yet another day of bloody street protests yesterday was followed by more talks today. This morning, the president’s office said a deal has been reached to resolve the crisis. The opposition hasn’t said a word yet. So far this week, two truces have crumbled, leaving protesters and police battling at Kiev’s Independence Square. Opposition medics said 100 protesters died yesterday but the  government placed the toll much lower – 77 people since Tuesday. And in Venezuela, the unrest is not letting up, either.


Race for gold: As events draw to a close, the stakes are getting higher. National pride and cases of beer are on the line. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have bet cold ones as a friendly wager on their nations’ hockey matches. Obama already owes him a case after the U.S. women lost to Canada yesterday. Canada has won the gold three times in a row – maybe the President should throw in an extra case of brew? The men’s matchup is today.  (Rumor has it that the loser nation also gets to keep Justin Bieber.) Other  events today include men’s short-track  and women’s slalom.

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