5 things for June 6: Primaries, Guatemala volcano, EU same-sex couples, Kate Spade

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Just how hot is the job market in America right now? For the first time in two decades, there are ...
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By Doug Criss, CNN

(CNN) -- Just how hot is the job market in America right now? For the first time in two decades, there are more job openings than people to fill them. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Politics

Democratic hopes for retaking the US House rely in huge part on the Dems winning several seats in California. But it's still not clear where things stand after last night's primaries. Many votes remain uncounted in the most competitive races because of large numbers of mail-in and provisional ballots. And a printing error in Los Angeles County left 118,000 voters off the roster, including The Fonz (kids, Google "Happy Days"). Democrats need 23 seats to take back the House. But California's "top-two" primary system -- where the top two vote-getters advance to the November ballot, regardless of party -- could hurt Dems in key districts where many candidates split the blue vote.

In other primary races, an Alabama congresswoman who disavowed President Trump was forced into a runoff, while New Mexico likely elected the first native American congresswoman. People also voted in Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is cutting back the Senate's August recess so the body can vote on key appropriations bills and fill judicial vacancies. But CNN's Z. Bryon Wolf says it's a Jedi-like move by McConnell to keep Senate Dems off the campaign trail, which could help save the GOP Senate majority this fall.

2. Guatemala volcano

We're only just now beginning to fully comprehend the level of devastation and misery that the Fuego volcano eruption brought to Guatemala. At least 192 people are missing after the volcano erupted over the weekend. Right now, the official death toll is at 72. Many were killed by hot gases and rocks that raced down the volcano after the eruption, while whole villages were buried under blankets of ash. One woman fears she lost her parents, brothers, sisters, six nieces and nephews and other relatives. Funerals have begun, even as seismic events and new ash and gas flows have started up again.

3. European Union & same-sex couples

Same-sex couples got a big win in Europe after the European Union's top court ruled that they are entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples, even in EU countries that don't recognize same-sex marriage. Essentially, the EU's Court of Justice ruled that the word "spouse" is gender-neutral and includes same-sex couples. So, all EU countries must give married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, the right to move freely and live where they wish in the European Union.

4. Facebook

Forgive us for repeating ourselves, but Facebook is in trouble again over its data-sharing practices. The social media giant says it gave Chinese smartphone maker Huawei access to its users' data. That's troubling to a lot of folks because US intelligence agencies have described Huawei as a security threat. Huawei is one of four Chinese device makers that Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with so the companies can recreate Facebook-like experiences for their users. US officials worry China can use Huawei smartphones for spying, something Huawei denies. The partnership with Huawei ends this week, Facebook said.