The Latest: Phoenix council replaces prayer with silence

FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Chris Bridges holds a sign for The Satanic Temple during a protest outside of an all-day prayer rally headlined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in Baton Rouge. The Phoenix council was poised Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to consider whether a group that uses Satan in its name should be allowed to present the opening prayer during a future council meeting. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

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1 priest killed, 1 wounded in Phoenix attack

Phoenix priest shooting

Phoenix Police officer Joseph Stussy, in center and Luis Orozco, in van, investigate at the Mother of Mercy Mission, where one priest was shot and killed and another wounded at a Catholic church Wednesday, June 11.(Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)

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Temperatures in Death Valley reach 128 degrees as parts of West Coast bake in scorching heat

Two hundred people were treated for heat problems at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said. Thirty of them were hospitalized as temps reached 115. Most of the others ‘were essentially provided shade and water and a place to sit down,’ Pappa said.

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Cheng Jia, of china, poses by a digital thermometer at the Furnace Creek Vistitor Center in Death Vally National Park Friday, June 28, 2013 in Furnace Creek, Calif. Excessive heat warnings will continue for much of the Desert Southwest as building high pressure triggers major warming in eastern California, Nevada, and Arizona. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Cheng Jia of China, poses by a digital thermometer at the Furnace Creek Vistitor Center in Death Valley National Park on Friday.    Chris Carlson/AP

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature at Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn’t hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet.

“Coming to Death Valley in the summertime has always been on the top of my bucket list,” the 67-year-old Pittsburgh man said. “When I found out it might set a record I rented a car and drove straight over. If it goes above 130 I will have something to brag about.”

The forecast called for Death Valley to reach 128 degrees Saturday as part of a heat wave that has caused large parts of the western U.S. to suffer. Death Valley’s record high of 134 degrees, set a century ago, stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

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