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US News: Western Heat Wave, Northeast Flooding, Lightning Injuries

By: AP
By: AP
Western heat sends people to hospitals...2 missing after storms bring flooding to northeast...Lightning strikes Ind. summer camp, 3 kids hurt... Searchers looking for Mt. Hood climber spot body...Obama: House can pass immigration before recess...SF rapid transit talks break down; strike possible...Biden, Ecuador

This photo taken Monday, June 17, 2013, shows people sunning at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska. Parts of Alaska are setting high temperature records as a heat wave continues across Alaska. Temperatures are nothing like what Phoenix or Las Vegas gets, but temperatures in the 80s and 90s do occur and are hot for Alaska, where few buildings have air conditioning. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(AP) --People in the Western states are suffering through one of the worst heat waves in years.
Blistering temperatures between 115 and 120 degrees are expected throughout the weekend in parts of Arizona, Nevada and California.
Authorities say a man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.
A Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman says paramedics responded to a home with no air conditioning and found an elderly man dead. He says while the man had medical issues, paramedics thought his condition was aggravated by the heat.
Paramedics say another elderly man was on a long trip in his car when the air conditioning went out. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition with heat stroke after he stopped in Las Vegas.
Large swaths of California are also sweltering under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night -- and maybe even longer.

FORT PLAIN, N.Y. (AP) -- Two people are missing after heavy rains inundated the northeast and led to severe flooding in some areas.
Officials say a woman in upstate New York's Mohawk Valley is unaccounted for after her mobile home was washed away by rising waters Friday in Fort Plain. A number of other nearby communities also experienced flash flood
Heavy rains Thursday and Friday caused the Mohawk River and other waterways to overflow. At Little Falls, the river reached more than 3 feet above flood stage late Friday morning before receding, the National Weather Service said.
Authorities in central Pennsylvania say an 86-year-old man was swept into a rain-swollen creek Thursday while trying to retrieve an ATV. State police in Clinton County have not released the Beech Creek Township man's name.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis police say three children were injured when lightning struck a summer camp on the north side of the city, including one child who was critically hurt.
Officer Kendale Adams says the critically injured child was taken to Indianapolis St. Vincent Hospital, but the child's condition wasn't immediately known. The other two were taken to Riley Hospital for Children in stable condition.
Witnesses told police that the children were injured when lightning struck shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp.
Adams says he didn't have ages or genders of the victims because camp officials didn't want the information released.
The camp director didn't return a message from The Associated Press.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities searching for a climber who has been missing on Mount Hood since last weekend say they have spotted a body near the top of a glacier.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says in a statement Saturday that Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crews made the discovery at an altitude of about 8,400 feet.
The sheriff's office says officials believe there's a high probability that the body belongs to Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist who failed to return June 22 from a climb on the west side of Oregon's tallest mountain.
Rescue crews say the terrain is extremely difficult. They say they are unable to reach the body on Saturday.
Recovery teams will begin to try to reach the body early Sunday morning.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- President Barack Obama is urging the House to quickly send him an immigration bill, saying there's more than enough time to do so before Congress takes its August recess.
Obama says he has urged both House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to find a way to pass a bill. He says a sweeping immigration measure that cleared the Senate with a large bipartisan majority Thursday is a "sound framework" that has been debated for weeks.
Obama says the House has a "bunch of weeks" to get the bill done and "now's the time."
Boehner has said the House will craft its own bill and not simply take up the Senate version.
Obama spoke Saturday during a news conference in South Africa with President Jacob Zuma.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --A chief negotiator says two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions will "likely" go on strike.
Josie Mooney, a negotiator for SEIU, Local 1021 said there's a strong likelihood that her union and the ATU, Local 1555, will be on strike Monday after its contract expires late Sunday.
Union leaders left Saturday's negotiations claiming they have met with BART's management for only 10 minutes in the past 36 hours, adding further speculation that a strike could derail the more than 400,000 riders who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system.
Mooney said the unions have no plans to meet with BART on Sunday.
A BART spokesman says that the agency still has a meeting scheduled with the unions on Sunday.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state's gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the weddings being performed in San Francisco.
Attorneys with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom claim in the petition that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted prematurely and unfairly on Friday when it allowed gay marriage to resume. The court lifted a hold it had placed on same-sex unions while a lawsuit challenging the ban made its way to and through the Supreme Court.
The petition was submitted Saturday to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles motions dealing with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks says the Supreme Court's consideration of the case is not done yet because his clients still have 22 days to ask the justices to reconsider their decision holding that Proposition 8's backers did not have legal authority to defend the ban.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has spoken with Ecuador's president about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's request for asylum in Ecuador.
White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says Biden and President Rafael Correa had a wide-ranging conversation Friday. She says the White House won't provide more details.
But Ecuador's president says Biden asked him to turn down the asylum request during what he called a "friendly and very cordial" conversation.
It's the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador that has been publicly disclosed since Ecuador began considering Snowden's asylum request.
The U.S. believes Snowden is holed up in a Moscow airport's transit zone. He may be waiting to see whether Ecuador or another country may grant him asylum. Snowden is charged with violating American espionage laws.
Officials in Ecuador have said they can't start considering Snowden's asylum request until he arrives in Ecuador or one of Ecuador's embassies.


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