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5 stories to follow: June 26

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

5 stories to follow: June 26

Chad Griffin, right, president of the Human Rights Campaign, leaves the Supreme Court, with Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami, second from left, the plaintiffs in the California Proposition 8 case, and their attorney Ted Olson, center, on June 20. (AP photo)
Chad Griffin, right, president of the Human Rights Campaign, leaves the Supreme Court, with Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami, second from left, the plaintiffs in the California Proposition 8 case, and their attorney Ted Olson, center, on June 20. (AP photo)

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Supreme Court and same-sex marriage: The high court is expected to release its decisions in two major same-sex marriage cases today, the last decision day of the court's term. The cases concern California's Prop 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It has already been a high-profile week for the court: The justices struck down a major part of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, and sent a University of Texas affirmative action case back to a lower court on Monday. If you need to catch up on yesterday's court action, here are the answers to your questions about the VRA and the court's ruling.

2. Hearing for man charged in building collapse: Sean Benschop, the excavator operator facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges in this month's deadly building collapse at 22nd and Market streets, is due in court today for a preliminary hearing. Authorities say he was impaired by marijuana and pain killers when operating heavy equipment at the demolition site.

3. Sports betting in N.J.: A court hearing takes place today over whether New Jersey should have the same sports-gambling rights as Nevada. Officials are hoping to use betting on pro and college sports to boost tourism and revenue in the Garden State, as Atlantic City's casino revenues have been falling.

4. Ravens player, former Owl, held up in Philly: Bernard Pierce, a Baltimore Ravens running back and former Temple Owl, was held up at gunpoint in Philadelphia over the weekend. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

5. Gosnell drug plea: Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor convicted in the deaths of three babies born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic, is scheduled to appear in federal court today for a possible guilty plea to narcotics charges.

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