FURNACE CREEK (AP) - Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:
LAS VEGAS (AP) - In Utah, a record 105-degree heat Sunday caused an interstate on-ramp to buckle in Salt Lake City, and hampered firefighters in their battle against three wildfires. The Interstate 215 on-ramp had to be closed for four hours Saturday night after a short section of it expanded, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities on Sunday - but this year's pride celebrations were especially lively after a week that saw the Supreme Court issue two major decisions on gay marriage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California's now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation's most populous state.