Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

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A bead of sweat rolls off the rim of the hat of U.S. Marine Cpl. William Woods of Glen Allen, Va.  as he awaits instuction from the leader of the Quantico Marine Corps Band at Manassas Battlefield Park, Thursday, July 21, 2011.  The band performed in extreme heat during the 150th Anniversary First Battle of Manassas commemorative program. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)  MANDATORY CREDIT

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Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas. (AP)

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