Aaron Hernandez: On Thursday and Friday police in Connecticut and Florida arrested two men they say are connected with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with Lloyd's murder.
Student loans: Interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans are set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on Monday. Some are calling for an extension of the current student loan interest rates for another year.
Temperatures in California, Nevada, and Arizona are forecast to hit 115, 120, and even 130 this weekend as a punishing heat wave hits the West. It's possible the record for the hottest temperature recorded on Earth may be broken this weekend.
Susan Rice, outgoing ambassador to the U.N., and President Barack Obama's next national security adviser, said Edward Snowden's leaks have done nothing to harm the Obama administration, and that the US will get through this period.
From California to New York and Florida, the gay community cheered the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling on Wednesday. Some looked forward to the benefits of having their same-sex marriages recognized federally, while others anticipated further obstacles.
Texas execution: On Wednesday, Kimberly McCarthy became the 500th person to die by execution in the state of Texas since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. McCarthy had been convicted of killing Dorothy Booth and stealing her diamond ring.
Texas to execute woman: Kimberly McCarthy, convicted of murder, will be the 500th person executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982. She will be the first woman executed in the US since 2010.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by effectively striking down California's gay marriage ban (Prop. 8).