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Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales wipes sweat from his brow Thursday in Las Vegas, where temperatures could reach 117 degrees this weekend.
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Burning love: Heat wave expected to bake Southwest

– A high-pressure system parking over the West for the weekend and into next week is expected to bring temperatures that are extreme even for a region used to baking during the summer.

Notoriously hot Death Valley’s forecast calls for 129 degrees, not far off the world-record high of 134 logged there July 10, 1913. The National Weather Service called for 118 in Phoenix, and 117 in Las Vegas on Sunday – a mark reached only twice in Sin City.

“It’s brutal out there,” said Leslie Carmine, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, which runs a daytime shelter in Las Vegas to draw homeless people out of the heat and set them up with sunscreen and bottled water.

Meteorologists are calling for highs at or above 112 through Wednesday in Las Vegas, and there isn’t even relief when the sun goes down. Sunday night’s low is forecast to be 92 degrees – enough to make for a stuffy stroll down the Strip at whatever hour tourists leave the bar.

House OKs bill for sex assault victims

The House has approved a bill extending whistle-blower protection to members of the military who are victims of sexual assault.

The vote Thursday was 423-0 for the measure sponsored by Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd. The bill would require the inspector general to investigate allegations of retaliation against a service member who reports a rape or sexual assault.

The provision is already part of a sweeping defense policy bill that the House passed this month.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Photos show only jaguar living in US

Photos from remote cameras show a rare male jaguar roaming the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona.

It’s the only jaguar known to live in the United States since the 15-year-old known as Macho B died in Arizona in 2009.

Student loan rates expected to double

Student loan rates will double Monday – at least for a while – after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.

Interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans are set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on Monday unless lawmakers take action. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee estimates the increase will cost the average student $2,600.

Puppy dies after put in dishwasher

Police in Memphis, Tenn., say a puppy was killed when a man put it in a dishwasher and ran the machine.

Police charged 27-year-old Marcus Curry with aggravated abuse to animals. He is being held on $40,000 bond.

2 plead guilty to not letting boy outside

A woman and her boyfriend have pleaded guilty to abusing her 15-year-old son, who was kept inside their home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for four years.

Police say the boy was kept inside the Escanaba home, rarely leaving a room made from tarps while being tortured and abused. He was rescued in April.

Mom allegedly kept kids in storage unit

The mother of two children found living in a 5-foot-by-10-foot storage unit in New Jersey has been indicted on child endangerment charges.

Twenty-seven-year-old Sheena Johnson was charged Wednesday.

Johnson is accused of leaving her 5-year-old and 10-year-old sons unattended in an unlit, sealed storage locker in Ewing with no heat or running water.

Johnson remains free on $50,000 bail, raised by community members. Johnson has said they lived in the unit for a month because they had no other options.

2 Syrian civilians beheaded: Group

Militants fighting alongside Syrian rebel forces have beheaded two civilians with knives in front of onlookers including children, a pro-opposition group said.

The Syrian civilians were accused of collaborating with President Bashar Assad’s government, the Coventry, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on its Facebook page. The beheading was caught on video and posted on YouTube.

Separately, a suicide bomber killed four and injured an unspecified number of people in Bab Touma.

Dozens killed in bombings in Iraq

Iraqi officials say a series of bombings targeting soccer fans struck cafes in and around Baghdad, killing 16 and wounding dozens. Another blast struck the Shiite town of Jbala, about 35 miles south of Baghdad, killing eight.

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