LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — To understand the true significance of Lindsey Vonn's return to racing Friday, ignore the World Cup downhill results sheet, with a slow-for-her time and 40th-place finish, and instead examine a calendar.
Braving rain and cold, President Barack Obama and his family ventured across the street from the White House on Friday to preside over the lighting of the U.S. national Christmas tree. Obama, his wife, daughters, and mother-in-law took part in the annual tradition, which featured music by singers Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and the group Train. "You are lucky I'm not singing," Obama joked to the rain-soaked crowd. The president used the occasion to pay tribute again to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died on Thursday.