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Alex Beltran, a drummer for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, Pa., looks for heat relief while practicing at Rose Hill High School in Rose Hill, Kan., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The Corps is touring in an area that is under an excessive heat warning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

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)