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10 things you need to know today: June 27, 2015

Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, Obama eulogizes Charleston victim, and more


Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. In the historic ruling for gay rights, the court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, and that states no longer have the right to ban gay couples from marrying. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court's four liberal justices. "Today we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we made our union a little more perfect," President Obama said.


Obama delivers emotional eulogy for Charleston shooting victim

President Obama delivered the eulogy and led a singing of "Amazing Grace" in Charleston, South Carolina, in remembrance of state Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine killed last week in the Emanuel AME Church shooting. "Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer could not see the grace surrounding Rev. Pinckney and that Bible study group," Obama said. He also called for gun control reforms, saying gun violence inflicts a "unique mayhem" on the nation that only "sporadically" opens our eyes.


New York prison escapee Richard Matt killed by police

Law enforcement officers shot and killed convicted murderer Richard Matt, 49, just south of the Canadian border on Friday. He escaped from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate David Sweat on June 6, allegedly with help from a prison worker. Sweat is still on the run.


Woman arrested for removing Confederate flag from SC statehouse grounds

An unidentified black woman, believed to be activist Bree Newsome, climbed a flagpole on South Carolina's statehouse grounds to temporarily remove the Confederate flag Saturday morning, The Associated Press reports. Police arrested her and a man on the property. Debate over the flag was renewed earlier this month when a white man fatally shot nine people at a historically black church in Charleston. Gov. Nikki Haley has called on state legislators to authorize the flag's permanent removal from statehouse grounds.


At least 37 killed and 36 injured in Tunisia attack

A gunman killed at least 37 people and injured 36 others in an attack near two hotels popular with tourists in the resort town of Sousse on Friday morning. A security source said there was an exchange of gunfire on the scene. Authorities originally believed multiple gunmen were responsible, but now say the gunman who was reportedly shot dead at the scene likely acted alone. The Wall Street Journal called it the worst terror attack in Tunisian history.


Arrests made in Kuwait mosque suicide bombing

Kuwait has arrested several people in connection with the Friday mosque suicide bombing that killed 27 people, a security source told The Guardian. More than 220 others were wounded. The attack on the Shiite mosque comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.


Greece will hold a referendum on debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Friday for an emergency referendum to decide whether the nation should accept its creditors' terms for the bailout. Greek citizens, who are divided on the matter, will vote July 5. The eurozone terms would include pension cuts and sharp tax rises. Tsipras' surprising move comes after five months of negotiations held in an attempt to avoid default in the debt-saddled nation.


France bans ride-sharing service UberPOP after protests

Following a day of nationwide protests by taxi drivers, France's interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve ordered a ban on Uber's peer-to-peer car-sharing service UberPOP. Cazeneuve said UberPOP, which allows drivers of all stripes to register their vehicle with Uber and transport paying customers, is "illegal," and he ordered police and prosecutors to enforce the service's closure and seize any cars defying the order.


A Harry Potter play will open in London next year

Author J.K. Rowling announced Friday that a play about Harry Potter is set to open at London's Palace Theatre next summer. The play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, explores "an untold part of Harry's story," though Rowling said it is "not a prequel." The play will reportedly shed light on the lives of Harry's murdered parents and his early years as an orphan.


U.S. women's soccer advances to World Cup semifinal

Midfielder and team captain Carli Lloyd headed the ball off a pass from Julie Johnston in the 51st minute to put the U.S. ahead of China 1-0 on Friday night. Hope Solo notched her fourth straight shutout in the World Cup and, with her 134th victory, passed Brianna Scurry as the team's winningest goalkeeper. The U.S. will face top-ranked Germany on Tuesday in Montreal.


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