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How Families Face the Media Spotlight (PICTURES)

Elizabeth Smart addresses the media outside the federal court house Friday, Dec. 10 2010 in Salt Lake City.
Elizabeth Smart addresses the media outside the federal court house following the guilty verdict in the Brian David Mitchell trial Friday, Dec. 10 2010 in Salt Lake City. Mitchell was found guilty for the June 5, 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. AP Photo/Colin E Braley

You see it every day: Families are thrust into the spotlight by something -- or someone -- amazing, tragic or downright embarrassing.

In our new gallery series, "Families in the News," we take a look at a few families who have recently made headlines, from the Smart family following the conviction of Elizabeth Smart's abductor to the British royal family on the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

PICTURES: Families in the News

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