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.
Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.
Steve Inskeep talks to former Libyan ambassador Ali Aujali, who quit his official post with the government to become the U.S. representative of Libya's Transitional National Council. He is baffled and angered by the lack of progress toward convincing Washington to hand over the Gadhafi regime's frozen assets to the Libyan rebels.