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Rashawn West, 17, shakes water off his head while carrying his 1-year-old son Al-Shameir West while trying to beat the heat at Pennington Court apartments, Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Newark, N.J. Residents of the 223-unit public housing complex gathered at the court yard near a water sprinkler as temperature neared the 100-degree mark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

January 1, 1970

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)