Restoring an avenue in Paris meant for kings

THE pavements are cracked along "la plus belle avenue du monde" - the most beautiful street in the world. Each day, 60,000 cars clog the lanes. Walkways are cluttered with abandoned scooters....

Pricier than gold, and in your engine

GOLD was long the most valuable of precious metals until, suddenly, it wasn't. Last week, an obscure and far less sexy rival called palladium swung ahead, for the first time in 16 years. Gold briefly retook the lead, but spot palladium prices have beaten out gold prices for the past three...