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In brief: Heat wave bakes southwestern U.S.

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Scorching heat blistered the Southwest on Saturday, where highs of 115 to 120 degrees were recorded for parts of Arizona, Nevada and California.

Temperatures in Las Vegas were 115 degrees Saturday, two degrees short of the city’s all-time record.

Phoenix hit 119 degrees by mid-afternoon, breaking the daily record set in 1994.

Authorities say a man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Facebook pulling ads using violence, sex

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook is pulling ads from pages that contain violence or sexual content.

The social network said it will expand its definition of pages and groups that are too controversial to carry advertisements Monday.

In May, Facebook Inc. lost more than a dozen advertisers, at least temporarily, after an activist group urged a boycott to protest hate speech on the site. The controversial content included grisly photos and mottos that encouraged rape, abuse and other violence against women.

Roberts says justices too aggressive

WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts said the Supreme Court is too aggressive in questioning lawyers arguing before it.

Roberts said the justices “overdo it a bit” in posing questions to lawyers arguing their cases without giving them the chance to respond.

Roberts said one reason is that the justices have not discussed the case among themselves before the argument, so they use the session to debate each other through the lawyers.

Justice Clarence Thomas, who hasn’t asked a question in seven years, has made the same criticism.


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U.S. Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

UPDATED: 9:03 p.m.

Florida and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.