5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney Michael Fee, right, during arraignment in Attleboro District Court on June 26, in Attleboro, Mass., where Hernandez was charged with murdering Odin Lloyd.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, 11 days ago.

2. Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage Advocates in Two Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two rulings bolstering same-sex marriage by ruling part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and allowing a lower court ruling to stand that struck down California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

3. Wal-Mart, Caesars Drop Paula Deen

Wal-Mart and Caesars Entertainment are the latest companies to drop Paula Deen after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.

4. US CEO Held Captive in China Factory Leaves After Payout

Chip Starnes, the American boss detained in a Beijing factory for nearly a week by his company's workers, has been freed after reaching an agreement with a labor representative over a payment suit.

5. Taco Bell Testing Power Protein Menu

Taco Bell will begin testing their new Power Protein Menu in July with revamped food items that are higher in protein with less calories.

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