Lunchtime Links: July 9, 2010

LeBron James announced his decision to join the Miami Heat next season, creating a superstar trio with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Spain and the Netherlands will square off Sunday for the World Cup title.

In a seeming flashback to the cold war, Russian and American officials traded prisoners in the bright sunlight on the tarmac of Vienna’s international airport on Friday, bringing to a quick end an episode that had threatened to disrupt relations between the countries.

The controversial Arizona immigration law may face an uphill battle when challenged in federal court by the Obama Administration.

A federal judge in Massachusetts has declared a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, setting up potential future showdowns over the constitutionality of gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that the ban, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, was unconstitutional because it interferes with individual states’ rights to define marriage.

A suicide attacker on a motorbike and a suspected car bomb unleashed carnage in a busy Pakistani market on Friday, killing 65 people and burying victims under pulverized shops.

The Chinese government is renewing its license with Google after months of debate over governmental censorship.

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