House Jan. 6 Committee Holds Second Public Hearing
The Jan. 6 House committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill will reconvene Monday at 10 am for its second public hearing. This is the first of three hearings this week, part of a series of eight. At the first public hearing last Thursday, the committee sought to build a case that former President Donald Trump was the driving force behind an attempted coup that culminated in the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill. Last week, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, said Monday’s hearing will continue to focus on the fact that Trump knew he had lost the election, but despite that, he made a “massive effort to spread false information and fraudulent”. ”
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Historic heat wave sweeps much of US
A historic heat wave continues its march across the country Monday after Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver joined a plethora of cities and towns that posted record temperatures and more than 50 million Americans suffocated under heat warnings. Temperatures in California’s Death Valley topped 120 degrees while in Phoenix a man grilled hamburgers and baked a cake on his board. Parts of Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi also faced heat advisories over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The overall weather pattern has largely stalled for over a week, allowing heat to build up in the central and southwestern United States. Southerly winds will pump warm, moist air into the eastern two-thirds of the nation through Wednesday, forecaster WeatherBug warned. The result: temperatures ranging from 10 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Murder trial begins in case of college student missing for 26 years
A murder trial begins Monday in the case of a California college student who disappeared while walking home from a party in 1996. Paul Flores is accused of killing Kristin Smart during a rape or attempted rape in her bedroom. Her father, Rubén Flores, is accused of helping his son hide her body. Both have pleaded not guilty. The Floreses were arrested last year after a podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought renewed attention to the case. Four women told police Flores drugged and raped them, Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle said in court last year. Flores has not been charged with those allegations. A major challenge for prosecutors is the lack of physical evidence: Smart’s body has never been found. The trial will begin with jury selection, a process expected to take weeks.
Members of white supremacist group arrested near Idaho Pride event to be prosecuted
The 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front arrested near a local Pride event in Idaho over the weekend will be arraigned Monday. The men were taken into custody Saturday after they were found packed in the back of a U-Haul truck in riot gear. They were standing inside the truck dressed in khaki pants, navy blue shirts and beige hats with white balaclavas covering their faces when police stopped the vehicle. “They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference. He said all 31 were charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor. Police found riot gear, a smoke grenade, shin guards and shields inside the truck, White added.
Celtics and Warriors meet in Game 5 of the NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors will host the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. Both teams enter Monday’s game with two wins in the series, each at home and away. The Warriors won the last game, 107-97, thanks to a spectacular 43-point effort by shooting guard Stephen Curry. Through four Finals games, Curry has been the focal point for Golden State, averaging 34.2 points per game. And at the other end, Boston will look for a more efficient outing from All-NBA star Jayson Tatum, who had 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting with six turnovers in Game 4. “I know I can be better.” Tatum said Friday night. “So it’s not that I, myself or my team is asking me to do something that I’m not capable of.” Game 5 is scheduled to kick off at 9 pm ET at the Chase Center in San Francisco and will air on ABC.