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5 things to know Monday

House Jan. 6 committee holds second public hearing

The House Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol attack will reconvene Monday at 10 a.m. for its second public hearing. This is the first of three hearings this week, part of a series of eight. In 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 with the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. Last week, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Monday’s hearing will continue to focus on the fact that Trump knew he had lost the election, but despite that, he engaged in a “massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information.” 

Historic heat wave sweeps across much of US

A historic heat wave continues its march across the nation Monday after Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver joined a plethora of cities and towns posting record temperatures and more than 50 million Americans sweltered under heat advisories. Temperatures in California’s Death Valley climbed above 120 degrees while in Phoenix a man grilled burgers and baked a cake on his dashboard. Parts of Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi also faced weekend heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. The overall weather pattern has been largely stuck in place for more than a week, which allowed heat to build across the central and southwestern United States. Southerly winds will pump hot, humid 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 gets underway 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 his dorm room. His father, Ruben Flores, is accused of helping his son hide the 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 have told police that Flores drugged and raped them, Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle said in court last year. Flores hasn’t been charged stemming from those allegations. A major challenge for prosecutors is a lack of physical evidence: Smart’s body has never been found. The trial will begin with jury selection, a process expected to take weeks. 

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