Britain's Royal Wedding is the biggest national celebration in 30 years. Prince William marries Kate Middleton on Friday and the British are planning a big party. Blackpool is in England's north, and residents there embrace a good party.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be in Florida Friday to watch the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor. Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, is commanding the mission. Giffords hasn't spoken publicly since Jan. 8 when a gunman shot her in the head at a constituent event. Jaimee Rose, of The Arizona Republic, tells Steve Inskeep why doctors think a trip away from the Houston rehabilitation center is good for her recovery.
During the Great Depression, roughly 1 out of 4 Americans looking for work couldn't find any. But for those willing to move to places like Flint, Mich., work was available. Hopping on trains in the South, the unemployed could get jobs at General Motors the day they arrived.
But Olen Ham, of Grand Blanc Township, says safety standards at the plants were almost nonexistent.
"Each plant had their problems with management," he says. "Management did not want to listen at all to the workers."
In Libya, the focus has been on the continued siege of the western town of Misrata.
But there is also sporadic fighting in the east between rebels and forces loyal to the government of leader Moammar Gadhafi. The front line there is outside the city of Ajdabiya.
A bustling city just a few weeks ago, Ajdabiya now has the feel of a ghost town. Chunks of concrete, twisted light poles and other debris litter the streets. Much of that was dragged there to slow the traffic, of which there is very little these days.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that could put a constitutional cloud of doubt over hundreds — if not thousands — of state and local ethics laws across the country.
For the first time, the justices will consider whether a legislative vote is protected by the First Amendment guarantee of free speech — specifically, whether states may forbid officeholders from voting on matters that appear to involve a personal conflict.
The Federal Reserve will take some extraordinary action Wednesday when, for the first time in the central bank's history, its chairman will hold a full-fledged press conference.
Ben Bernanke's afternoon appearance before reporters marks the start of what looks to be a permanent shift. The Fed is hoping to hold a press conference once every three months as it aims to explain itself better to the American public.
For some people, Wednesday's conference is a bigger media event than the royal wedding.
For prostitutes looking to get drug free and off the streets, the Magdalene program in Nashville, Tenn., provides a model for healing. Magdalene offers housing, therapy and a self-sustaining small business that allows the women it serves to make money and gain respect.
That business is Thistle Farms, and the recovering women who run it make body care products by hand and paper made of thistle.