House January 6 Committee Holds Second Public Hearing
The Jan. 6 House committee investigating the Capitol attack will convene at 10 a.m. Monday for its second public hearing. This is the first of three hearings this week, part of a series of eight. During the first public hearing last Thursday, the committee sought to prove 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-Wyo., said Monday’s hearing would 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 the United States
A historic heat wave continues its march across the country on Monday after Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver joined a plethora of cities and towns with record temperatures and more than 50 million Americans suffocated under heat advisories. Temperatures in California’s Death Valley soared 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 remained largely in place for more than 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 country through Wednesday, forecaster WeatherBug warned. Result: temperatures ranging from 10 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Murder trial begins in case of student missing for 26 years
A murder trial opens Monday in the case of a California student who disappeared on his way home from a party in 1996. Paul Flores is accused of killing Kristin Smart during a rape or an attempted rape in his dormitory. His father, Ruben Flores, is accused of helping his son hide the body. Both pleaded not guilty. The Flores were arrested last year after a podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought attention to the case. Four women told police that Flores drugged and raped them, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle said in court last year. Flores has not been charged over these 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 that is expected to take weeks.
Members of white supremacist group arrested near Idaho Pride event will face trial
The 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front arrested near a local Pride event in Idaho over the weekend are expected to be arraigned on Monday. The men were arrested Saturday after they were found crammed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear. They were standing inside the truck wearing khakis, navy 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 van, White added.
Celtics and Warriors face off in Game 5 of NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors will host the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. Both teams come into Monday’s game with two wins in the series, each at home and on the road. The Warriors won the final game, 107-97, thanks to a spectacular 43-point effort from guard Stephen Curry. Through four games in the Finals, Curry was Golden State’s center point, averaging 34.2 points per game. And on the other side, Boston will be looking for a more efficient outing from All-NBA star Jayson Tatum, who scored 23 points on 8-for-23 shooting, with six turnovers in Game 4. “I know I can be best,” Tatum said Friday night. “So it’s not like me or myself or my team asking me to do something that I’m not capable of.” Game 5 is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET at Chase Center in San Francisco and will air on ABC.