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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court uprooted a California law that grants union representatives time to organize farmworkers on the farm’s own property; Massachusetts’ high court ruled casinos in the state did not break the law in paying lower odds for blackjack; Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his Spanish jail cell, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court uprooted a California law that grants union representatives time to organize farmworkers on the farm’s own property; Massachusetts’ high court ruled casinos in the state did not break the law in paying lower odds for blackjack; Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his Spanish jail cell, and more.

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National

1.) Congress designed the Federal Housing Finance Agency in violation of separation-of-powers rules, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, putting wind in the sails of a shareholder class action against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac implicating billions of federal dollars.

(Image courtesy of Federal Housing Finance Agency via Courthouse News)

2.) School officials violated the First Amendment in punishing a cheerleader who wrote defamatory remarks against her coaches, school and teammates on her own time, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  

(Image by SuKaduna from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

3.) In the face of criticism from Republican lawmakers over what they see as an immigration crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to the southern U.S. border later this week.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about voting rights, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Regional

4.) The Supreme Court on Wednesday uprooted a California law that grants union representatives three hours a day, 120 days a year, to organize farmworkers on the farm’s own property.

This still from video shows labor organizers interrupting work at the California farm Cedar Point in 2015. (Image via Pacific Legal Foundation via Courthouse News)

5.) Massachusetts casinos did not break the law in paying only 6:5 odds for blackjack, rather than the more standard 3:2 odds, the state’s high court ruled Wednesday, resolving two enormous class actions.

This September 2018 photo shows the newly built Encore Boston Harbor luxury resort and casino in Everett, Mass. (Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

6.) Almost three years to the day since he broke into the offices of the Capital Gazette’s Maryland newsroom and fatally shot five journalists, jury selection began Wednesday in Jarrod Ramos’ murder trial.

Photos of five employees of the Capital Gazette adorn candles during a June 29, 2018, vigil across the street from where they were slain the day before in the newspaper’s office in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

7.) Televangelist Jim Bakker and his Morningside Church will pay $156,000 in restitution to Missouri customers who bought the preacher’s Silver Solution product after he claimed it was a cure for Covid-19 on his national TV show.

The set of “The Jim Bakker Show” in Blue Eye, Mo. (Photo by Arkivet, Thorvaldsens Museum from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

International

8.) Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona where he was awaiting extradition to the U.S. on tax and fraud charges, Spanish government officials said Wednesday.

FILE - In this Dec 12, 2012 file photo, anti-virus software founder John McAfee talks on his mobile phone as he walks on Ocean Drive in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla. John McAfee, the creator of the antivirus named after him, has been found dead in a cell of a jail near Barcelona, a government source told The Associated Press on Wednesday June 23, 2021 on the same day that a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, file)

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