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A kayaker paddles along Zephyr Cove, near the site of the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in south Lake Tahoe, Nev. President Obama said the environmental challenges of conservation and fighting climate change are inseparably linked. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, received six months in jail and three years' probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. State lawmakers have approved a proposal to mandate prison terms for such a crime. AP hide caption

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The scene of a multivehicle pileup in Louisiana three years ago. National traffic safety officials say more than 35,000 people died on the nation's roads and highways last year, a 7.2 percent increase over the previous year. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Signage outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A North Carolina law limiting bathroom choice for transgender people is being challenged in a federal court in Raleigh. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Activists rally to call for the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in San Francisco in June over his ruling in a sexual assault case. On Friday, the judge was transferred from criminal to civil court. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Ian Bradley-Perrin (left) and fellow graduate student Olga Brudastova have been active in the campaign to unionize grad students who work as teaching and research assistants at Columbia University. Karen Matthews/AP hide caption

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that his administration would individually restore voting rights to 13,000 felons who have served their time. Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe lacked the constitutional authority to enfranchise more than 200,000 felons en masse. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was ordered by a federal judge to answer written questions about her use of a private email server while secretary of state. The ruling means she will not sit in a formal deposition. Gaston De Cardenas/AP hide caption

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing service has been dealt a legal setback in its effort to settle a multi-million dollar claim by drivers who say they should be reclassified as employees, not independent contractors. On Thursday, a federal judge rejected Uber's $100 million settlement offer. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Retail giant Target will add more single-stall bathrooms for privacy in response to a consumer backlash to its policy of allowing customers and employees to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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