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Fri July 1, 2011
Europe

Monaco Welcomes Guests For Royal Wedding

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:41 am

Move over, William and Kate. Monaco will have its own royal wedding when Prince Albert II and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, marry this weekend. The pair attended Britain's royal nuptials in April.
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The tiny European territory that lost its beloved Princess Grace in a car crash in 1982 is finally getting a new princess. Prince Albert II of Monaco, 53 and a longtime bachelor, will wed South African Charlene Wittstock over a weekend of royal ceremonies and celebrations.

Monaco hasn't seen an event like this since Albert's mother, Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, married his father, Prince Rainier, 55 years ago.

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4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Libyans Still Wary To Speak Against Gadhafi

The Libyan government is trying to show a united front of support for its leader Moammar Gadhafi by taking foreign journalists to pro-government demonstrations. The people at those gatherings are vehement and apparently genuine in their support for Gadhafi. There are, however, other Libyans whose voices aren't being heard, voices of dissent in places where dissent is dangerous.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

Amazon Severs Ties With Calif. Affiliates

Under a new law signed by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, online retailers like Amazon are supposed to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're based outside the state. Amazon says the new law is unconstitutional, and it won't collect the tax. One way the company is trying to avoid it, is by severing ties with about 10,000 small businesses and individual blogs based in the state which link to Amazon.com through their websites.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Sports

NBA Locks Out Players Over Contract Dispute

The NBA's labor deal has expired, and the basketball league has locked out its players. It's the second pro sports league shut down by labor strife. The other is the NFL.

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Fri July 1, 2011
Business

U.S. Firms In China Pay More As Wages Rise

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about his recent trip to China, and the pressures on foreign businesses operating there.

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