June 26, 2014 5:54 AM EDT

ACQUITTED

Former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks, of a variety of charges in the phone-hacking scandal that rocked British journalism. Of the seven defendants in the case, one was found guilty.

OPTED OUT

Star NBA player LeBron James, of his contract with the Miami Heat. James will become a free agent on July 1. The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony made a similar decision earlier in the week.

DENOUNCED

Members of Calabria’s mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, by Pope Francis, who referred to them as “excommunicated” during a Mass in the southern Italian region.

SENTENCED

Three al-Jazeera journalists–Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed–for seven to 10 years in an Egyptian prison on charges related to assisting the Muslim Brotherhood.

OUSTED

American Apparel founder and chief executive Dov Charney, who was removed from his job by the clothing company’s board. Charney said he will contest the decision.

APPROVED

The performing of same-sex weddings by Presbyterian pastors in states that allow it, after a vote by the General Assembly of the denomination.

This appears in the July 07, 2014 issue of TIME.

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