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It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding

In these pop-up weddings, locations are never booked, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you don't get asked to leave before you finish the ceremony.

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To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Land a deal with a label or put out records on your own: Both options carry big risks. For musicians today there's a middle ground, but getting your songs in front of people will still cost you.

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Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue

East German communism collapsed 25 years ago. But the city of Schwerin still has a Lenin statue, believed to be the last one in Germany. The mayor says it should stay because you can't erase history.

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Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue
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