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    The weekend that was

    • Millions of people across the US are still trudging through a record-setting heat wave that is shifting to the Mid-Atlantic, while many Americans – including in New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota – contend with “catastrophic” flash flooding this weekend.
    • The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that bars guns for domestic abusers, rejecting an argument pressed by gun rights groups that the prohibition violated the Second Amendment. The 8-1 decision limited the scope of a blockbuster ruling the justices handed down just two years ago.
    • A fourth victim died following a shooting at a grocery store in Arkansas, authorities said, as police continued to investigate the attack. A man opened fire at the Mad Butcher in Fordyce, killing four people and wounding nine others.
    • Detained American Paul Whelan marked another grim milestone this week as he surpassed 2,000 days in Russian custody and urged the Biden administration to take “decisive action” to bring him and American journalist Evan Gershkovich home.
    • The Washington Post said that Robert Winnett, the British journalist who had been slated to take over as the newspaper’s top editor, will no longer join the publication that has been ensnared in a weekslong crisis over ethics questions.

    The week ahead

    Monday
    June 24 marks two years since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion and setting off a fierce fight for reproductive rights at the state level. Here’s what has happened since then.

    Tuesday
    Four states will hold nonpresidential primaries: Colorado, New York, South Carolina (runoff) and Utah. In Colorado, there will also be a special election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Ken Buck, who resigned from Congress in March. Buck, a hardline conservative who clashed with his own party at times, told CNN at the time that Congress “has just devolved into this bickering and nonsense and not really doing the job for the American people.” The candidates in the special election will not be running for a full term, however, and will instead complete Buck’s unexpired term.

    Wednesday
    Gershkovich will stand trial behind closed doors in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, the state-run news agency TASS reported last week, citing the court’s press service.Gershkovich, 32, has been imprisoned since he was arrested on a reporting trip in March 2023 by Russia’s federal security service, which accused him of trying to obtain state secrets. Gershkovich, the US government and his employer, the Wall Street Journal, have vehemently denied the charges against him. If convicted, Gershkovich faces up to 20 years in prison.

    Thursday
    The first presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle will air on CNN and be hosted by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash in Atlanta. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are set to make history in the first presidential debate between an incumbent and a former president. It will also be the first debate since 2020 featuring either Biden, who did not face a serious challenge for the Democratic nomination, or Trump, who skipped those held during the Republican primary race. The 90-minute showdown will begin at 9 p.m. ET. Read about the debate parameters agreed upon by the Trump and Biden campaigns — and who will get the last word.

    Friday
    Iran will hold a presidential election following the helicopter crash that killed President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials last month.Out of 80 initial candidates, only six individuals were approved in a vetting process by Iran’s Guardian Council, a powerful 12-member body charged with overseeing elections and legislation. There were four women on the longer list but none were approved. The slate includes hardline parliament speaker and former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Saeed Jalili, ex-chief nuclear negotiator and former head of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran’s top security body.

    One Thing: Skills over degrees
    In today’s “One Thing” podcast, CNN’s Athena Jones takes us inside a movement aimed at diversifying the workforce by prioritizing skills over college degrees. Listen here.

    Photos of the week

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    Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire in Gorman, California, on Sunday, June 16. The wildfire forced the evacuations of hundreds of people from a state park, authorities said, and it had burned more than 15,000 acres as of Thursday.

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    Texas State Trooper Guadalupe Casarez questions a migrant from El Salvadorafter she and others crossed into the United States from Mexico on Thursday, June 13.

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    Sarai Howard Johnson, Zamirah Chadwick and Sydnee Littleton, from the Self Enhancement Inc. dance group, pose before performing at the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, June 16.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, front right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a welcoming ceremony for Putin in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, June 19. During Putin’s rare visit to the reclusive state, he said Russia and North Korea have ramped up ties to a “new level,” pledging to help each other if either nation is attacked.

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    Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum lifts his son, Deuce, after the Celtics won the NBA championship on Monday, June 17. The Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games to secure their league-record 18th title.

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    French President Emmanuel Macron is reflected in a person’s glasses on Tuesday, June 18, after a ceremony on the island of Île de Sein paid homage toresidents who left the island to join World War II in 1940.

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    A photo of baseball great Willie Mays is displayed on the Wrigley Field video board in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18. Mays, a Hall of Famer who shined in all facets of the game and made a dramatic catch in the 1954 World Series, died Tuesday at the age of 93. See his life in pictures.

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    Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin, center top, perform with other cast members from the “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club" during the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, June 16. See the best photos from the show.

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    Palestinians perform Eid al-Adha morning prayers in the courtyard of Gaza City’s historic Omari Mosque on Sunday, June 16. The mosque was damaged by Israeli bombardment in Gaza.

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    Bryson DeChambeau reacts on the 18th green after he made a putt to win the US Open on Sunday, June 16. DeChambeau held off Rory McIlroy in a nerve-shredding finale at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It is his second US Open title.

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    In this screengrab taken from video, environmental protesters spray Stonehenge with orange powder paint in Wiltshire, England, on Wednesday, June 19. The paint has since been removed, leaving “no visible damage,” according to the organization that manages the site.

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    People who lost family members in plane crashes hold up photos of their loved ones as Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun leaves a US Senate hearing in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 18. During the hearing, Calhoun faced bipartisan criticism against the company’s safety, transparency and quality standards. He acknowledged that the company had retaliated against employees who have raised safety concerns, and before his opening remarks he turned to victims’ family members and apologized.

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    Mariah Denigan swims the 1,500-meter freestyle at the US Olympic Team Swimming Trials on Tuesday, June 18.

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    Clouds hover over the Andes Mountains in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, June 19.

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    Blacksmiths sharpen knives at a shop in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, June 14, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

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    Catherine, Princess of Wales, rides the Glass State Coach in London during the annual Trooping the Colour parade on Saturday, June 15. She also joined other British royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in what was her first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer. A day earlier, she said she was making “good progress” in her recovery but expected her treatment to last for a few more months.

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    Artillerymen from Ukraine fire a mortar toward Russian troops near the village of Lyptsi in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region on Wednesday, June 19.

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    Palestinians walk out of rubble covered in dust after an Israeli attack in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on Friday, June 14.

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    Spain’s Dani Olmo dribbles the ball against Croatia during a Euro 2024 match in Berlin on Saturday, June 15. The monthlong tournament began the day before.

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    An actor performs in the production "Maltese Fantasy Characters" during the Malta International Arts Festival in Vittoriosa, Malta, also known as Birgu, on Sunday, June 16.

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    Muslims taking part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage gather at the Mount of Mercy, on the plain of Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, June 15.

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    A supporter of former US President Donald Trump waits to enter the West Palm Convention Center for a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, June 14.

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    Ukrainian service members watch the Euro 2024 match between Romania and Ukraine near the front lines of their war with Russia on Monday, June 17.

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    A reveler wears rainbow-colored makeup during the Pride March in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Sunday, June 16.

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    Actress Brooke Shields wears Crocs to the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, June 16. She had foot surgery several days before the event. “Broadway gave me these broken feet, and now I’m fixing them,” the actor told CBS.

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    People watch on Friday, June 14, as crews begin to demolish the building where 17 people were killed during the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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    A racegoer uses binoculars on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot, England, on Tuesday, June 18.

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    A man dives into the Bosphorus during a hot day in Istanbul on Thursday, June 13.

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    Kimberly Nobille cries in Rio de Janeiro while attending a protest against an anti-abortion bill in Brazil’s Congress on Thursday, June 13.

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    Pope Francis meets with Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon and other comedians during a cultural event at the Vatican on Friday, June 14. “You unite people, because laughter is contagious,” the Pope told the comedians, adding that he has prayed for 40 years for a good sense of humor. He added: “You manage to make people smile even while dealing with problems and events, large and small. You denounce abuses of power; you give voice to forgotten situations; you highlight abuses; you point out inappropriate behavior.”

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    Germany's Jamal Musiala, in white on the right, scores a goal against Scotland during the opening match of Euro 2024 on Friday, June 14. Germany, the host nation, won 5-1.

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    Chappell Roan performs during the Kentucky Pride Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, June 15.

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    A Ukrainian serviceman kisses his partner after she arrived by train in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on Saturday, June 15. See last week in 38 photos.

    The week in 34 photos

    Check out more imagesfrom the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

    What’s happening in entertainment

    TV and streaming
    “Land of Women” lands on Apple TV+ on Wednesday. The six-episode dramedy series stars Eva Longoria as Gala, a New York empty-nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties and she is forced to flee the country alongside her aging mother (Carmen Maura) and teenage daughter (Victoria Bazúa).

    You can’t spell CBS without C-S-I … “The Real CSI: Miami” premieres Wednesday. The true-crime series follows in the (bloody) footsteps of the original CSI franchise.

    Season 3 of FX’s “The Bear” arrives Thursday on Hulu. Jeremy Allen White returns as Carmy and Ayo Edebiri returns as Sydney, Carmy’s sous chef. Ebon Moss-Bachrach — who wears suits now — also returns as Richie. Fans of the Emmy Award-winning show who devour it like potato chips (you can’t eat just one) will be pleased to learn that all 10 episodes of the season will drop at midnight.

    In theaters
    The first film in Kevin Costner’s epic four-part Western “Horizon: An American Saga” rides onto the big screen Friday. Costner co-wrote, produced, directed and co-stars in the movie, which is set around the time of the Civil War. The second “chapter” hits theaters on August 16. (“Horizon: An American Saga” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, which, like CNN, is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

    “A Quiet Place: Day One,” the latest installment of the “Quiet Place” films, stars Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou and Alex Wolff. “Day One” follows what happens on the first day the aliens, who hunt by sound, come to Earth and invade New York City. (Why is it almost always New York that gets trashed? What’s wrong with, say, the Midwest?)

    What’s happening in sports

    At a glance …
    Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever square off against Angel Reese and the Chicago Sky this afternoon in what is shaping up to be the most expensive WNBA game ever, with seats going for up to $9,000. It’s the third time this season that Clark and Reese have met in the WNBA. Previous matchups between the former college rivals have been close, physical battles that have sparked national attentionand record TV ratings.

    The Olympic trials continue today with US athletes hoping to punch their tickets to Paris next month. Track and field, diving and swimming trials are scheduled throughout the day.

    The 111th edition of the Tour de France begins Saturday in Florence, Italy. The world’s most prestigious bicycle race lasts for three weeks and covers more than 2,100 miles. This year, the race will finish in Nice, France, as Paris is hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    In the Stanley Cup Final, the Edmonton Oilers have all the momentum after cruising to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 6. That sets up a winner-take-all Game 7 on Monday night. The Panthers led the series 3-0, but the Oilers have won three in a row.

    For more of your favorite sports, head on over toCNN Sportsas well asBleacher Report, which — like CNN — is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

    Quiz time!

    It’s the first weekend of summer! Take CNN’s Summer Quiz to see how much you know about summertime facts and traditions. So far, only 17% of fellow quiz fans have gotten eight or more questions right. How will you fare?

    Play me off …

    ‘All Night Long’
    Music legend Lionel Richie celebrated his 75th birthday last week. No word on whether his party did indeed last all night long …(Click here to view)

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