Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

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Jonathan Decker, from Hot Springs, Ark., tears a roof off a tornado-damaged home as the sun dips low in the sky Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Joplin, Mo. Despite a recent heat wave, crews continue to clean up and rebuild nearly two months after an EF-5 tornado destroyed much of Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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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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