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Southwest bakes in 115 to 120-degree heat

A man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday afternoon in heat-aggravated incidents as a heat wave blistered this sunbaked city and elsewhere in the Southwest.Full story

Tiny Satellites Soar (and Crash) in Desert Launch Test

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. — Saturday was a good day for a launch at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry test site here near the community of Cantil. The skies were clear blue, the winds light and the temperature was hot but not scorching. Full story

Marines killed during live-fire training drill in Nevada

  A mortar explosion during a live-fire training exercise at an Army ammunitions depot in the Nevada desert has left at least six marines dead and others injured. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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