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5 things to know on Monday

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.

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