TIME The Brief

Facebook Study Author Sorry for Toying with Users’ Emotions

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 30.

SCOTUS rules in a 5-4 decision that “closely held” companies don’t have to cover contraception in employee healthcare plans mandated by Obamacare, if they have religious objections.

ISIS declares a new Caliphate, or Islamic state, naming the group’s shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Caliph. The move gives Jihadists worldwide a rallying point in the Middle East.

General Motors announces that there will be no cap on its compensation to the families of those whose deaths are linked to faulty ignition switches in its vehicles.

And finally, a Facebook data scientist apologizes for making people sad on the social networking company. Adam Kramer used the social networking site as a laboratory to test the effects of positive and negative Facebook statuses had on others.

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