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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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Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Moroccans Vote On New Constitution

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.

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Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Ex-Libyan Ambassador Slides Over To Rebel Side

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.

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Fri July 1, 2011
Business

Business News

Thousands of state workers in Minnesota are being told to stay home Friday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget. That also means tax refund checks will not be going out and zoos and parks will likely be closed this holiday weekend. This is the second shutdown for Minnesota in six years.

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