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Amazing ants form their own island to escape flooding, Tennessee county asks forgiveness for gay marriage

Full news stories? Ain't nobody got time for that. Try the snack-sized version instead. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. Death with dignity

Yesterday, California became the fifth state to allow physician assisted suicide. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law after careful consideration led him to the conclusion that he'd like the right to end his own life if faced with a long, painful death by a terminal illness. Under the provisions of the law, a patient wanting to end their life must have at least two doctors in agreement that they've got less than six months to live and are mentally competent to make such a decision. The bill has many critics, but others see it as a necessary and important addition to end of life care. — CNN

More: What Brittany Maynard's fight to die taught us

2. Let's make a deal

The U.S. and 11 other countries have agreed to a trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal means fewer restrictions and tariffs on U.S. goods, such as dairy products and medicines. It's likely to encourage more people to "buy American," so it's a big win for President Obama. Still, some are concerned it could send more jobs overseas. Congress has to approve the deal before it can take effect, so we'll see if it even ends up happening. — Reuters

3. Alrighty then

A resolution has been proposed in Blount County, Tennessee, to officially ask God's forgiveness for gay marriage. Under the resolution, officials would denounce the "judicial tyranny" of the Supreme Court and beg God to spare Blount County of his almighty wrath. The resolution begins, "We adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities." Tonight there will be a meeting to consider the resolution, and over 100 gay rights advocates are expected to attend and voice their opposition. — Daily Beast

More: 9 Empowering quotes on the same-sex marriage ruling that prove #LoveWins

4. Cheater, cheater

DraftKings and FanDuel, two popular fantasy football sites that award money to winners, released a joint statement yesterday defending their integrity in light of accusations that employees are using "insider info" to help their own fantasy teams do better. The info includes things like which players have the most money bet on them and other stats that give people an edge on the competition. The statements were released after a DraftKings employee admitted to accessing such data before the start of the third week of NFL games and then went on to win $350,000 on a different site. Both sites have temporarily banned employees from participating in games on other sites. — The New York Times

5. #TheSplat

Nickelodeon is officially launching The Splat, a nightly block of programming dedicated to airing fan favorites from the '90s. The programming began last night and will be on every night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Teen Nick. The move is partly an ode to old content but also a way to keep viewers as television networks lose their audience to streaming services and instant video online. Either way, if pulling an all-nighter to watch Legends of the Hidden Temple is wrong, we don't want to be right. — Variety

More: How Nickelodeon is educating your kids in a progressive, important way

6. This is my island in the sun

South Carolinians weren't the only ones trying to escape the floods. Several people reported seeing islands of ants floating around on the surface of the water. Apparently fire ants have the ability to turn their own bodies into life rafts, and they link together to create a weave that allows entire colonies to float as one huge "ant island." A local news station shared footage of one island and it's already trending on Facebook. Check it out for yourself and be amazed by the ingenuity. — FOX Carolina

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