U.K. singer Adele has won over fans and critics both here and abroad for her combination of skill and sincerity. Few of her contemporaries can belt out a heartbreaking (unrequited) love song quite like Adele and her Grammy-winning hit "Someone Like You" in particular has brought many a listener to tears since its release.
Looking back in 2011, it’s easy to think the bad news stories — the economy taking a turn for the worse again, losing a major Canadian political figure in NDP leader Jack Layton. Need some help in remembering the year’s great stories? Here are 10 of 2011’s happiest bits of news.