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    Death Valley temperature may tie June record

    LAS VEGAS — A heat wave smothering the West is rewriting the record books, probably tying a record more than century old for the United States while putting Las Vegas through its hottest June ever.

    The National Weather Service says California’s Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a high temperature of 129 degrees on Sunday, which would tie the all-time June record high for the United States. It could take months to verify whether the record set in 1902 at Volcano, a former town near the Salton Sea in California, was matched.

    The reading is short of the all-time world record 134 degrees set in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.

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    Las Vegas temperatures have been at 115 and above in recent days — including a record-tying 117 on Sunday — helping to make June the hottest June ever in Sin City.

    National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Stachelski said Las Vegas will continue to bake in near-record temperatures at least through Thursday.