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Justices overturn former Va. governor McDonnell's corruption conviction

SCOTUS overturns McDonnell convictionThe Supreme Court granted a reprieve Monday to a former Republican governor of Virginia convicted of corruption, and in doing so made it harder for prosecutors to use federal fraud statutes against public officials.

In a sweeping decision that could have an impact on politicians and prosecutors who tangle over bribery, extortion and fraud statutes, the justices unanimously sided with former governor Bob McDonnell. Once seen as a potential Republican vice presidential candidate, McDonnell was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison for accepting luxury gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for government favors.

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Highlights From New York’s Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride ParadeHillary Clinton joined New York City's annual gay pride parade Sunday afternoon, making a surprise appearance alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Rev. Al Sharpton.

Clinton joined revelers near the Stonewall Inn, the site where the modern gay rights movement took root. It was recently declared national monument.

The campaign's supporters were out in full force with the presumptive Democratic nominee during the parade, which fell this year on the first anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Multiple people stabbed at Sacramento white nationalist rally

Stabbings at neo Nazi rally in SeattleMultiple people were stabbed and beaten in a brutal clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters just outside the California capitol building in Sacramento on Sunday.

Seven people were taken to hospitals with injuries, some with “critical trauma stab wounds”, the fire department said, after what it called a “mass casualty incident”.

Sacramento police did not immediately respond to requests for details. Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said the main fight broke out when people carrying sticks rushed into the rally area, a park by the capitol building. California highway patrol officers eventually broke up the fight, he said.

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Hawaii becomes first state to enact federal gun-owner database

Hawaii gun-owner data baseHawaii became the first state Friday to enact a law to place gun owners into a centralized information system.

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a series of three gun control laws including Senate bill 2954 which authorizes police departments to enroll firearms applicants and owners into an FBI criminal record monitoring system also known as a "rap back" system.

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Indiana University frat house rapist avoids prison, sentenced instead to one-year probation

John Enochs, convicted rapist, gets probationA former Indiana University student will only serve one year’s probation after pleading guilty in two rape cases.

John Enochs, from suburban Chicago, was charged last September with raping two women, with one alleged attack occurring at the Bloomington school's Delta Tau Delta fraternity house.

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2 dead, several injured in Texas dance studio shooting

Texas dance studio shootingPolice on Saturday were investigating a shooting at a non-profit dance studio in Fort Worth that left two people dead and several injured, media outlets reported.

One victim was found outside Studio 74, and several others were taken to hospitals, Fort Worth police spokesman Daniel Segura said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. One of the victims died from his injuries, the statement  said.

A disturbance that began in the studio spilled outside where six people were shot, WFAA in Dallas was reporting.

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Obama creates first U.S. monument to gay rights at New York site

Obama creates first US gay rights monumentPresident Barack Obama on Friday designated the site of a watershed event in the history of U.S. gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, as a national monument, the first one to honor the contributions of gay Americans.

The Stonewall Inn gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the scene of a police raid that triggered riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the American mainstream and guarantee their rights.

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