Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

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Stephanie Gracia, center, sit nearby and watch as her children and their friends cool off in an inflatable pool outside their apartment on Thursday, July 21, 2011, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York.  A heat wave that has enveloped much of the central part of the country for the past couple of weeks has moved east with temperatures  topping 100-degree.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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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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