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Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the reigning monarch must approve any marriage involving the royal family.

Only with the Queen's approvalUnder the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, which is still on the books in the U.K., the reigning monarch—currently Queen Elizabeth II—must approve any marriage involving the royal family.The New Yorker

Japan's new suicide hotlinesJapan is now creating suicide hotlines and sending mental-health counselors into the region affected by the tsunami and nuclear crisis, out of fear there will be a surge of self-inflicted deaths. The Japanese, whose culture romanticizes suicide, already have a suicide rate more than double that of the U.S.; it’s the leading cause of death there among men ages 20 to 44 and women ages 15 to 34.Los Angeles Times

Discretionary spending surpasses $1 trillion annuallyU.S. consumers spend $1.2 trillion on nonessential goods and services annually, according to the Commerce Department. Consumer spending on discretionary luxury items, including jewelry, yachts, sports cars, alcoholic beverages, and candy, has risen to 11.2 percent of total consumer spending—up from 4 percent in 1959.The Wall Street Journal

Foreign news bureaus get nixedIn the past decade, 18 newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Miami Herald, have closed their foreign bureaus.Newsweek

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