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<p>A girl runs through a spray of water leaking from a hose outside the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall, July 5, 2012. 

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A girl runs through a spray of water leaking from a hose outside the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

A girl runs through a spray of water leaking from a hose outside the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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<p>Houses in the Mountain Shadows subdivision are seen leveled after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. 

REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

Houses in the Mountain Shadows subdivision are seen leveled after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Houses in the Mountain Shadows subdivision are seen leveled after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A man lies in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. 

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A man lies in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A man lies in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>Dead corn plants are seen on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012.

REUTERS/ John Sommers II </p>

Dead corn plants are seen on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012. REUTERS/ John Sommers II

Dead corn plants are seen on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012. REUTERS/ John Sommers II

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<p>A man wipes his forehead while sitting in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012. 

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A man wipes his forehead while sitting in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A man wipes his forehead while sitting in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>A boat dock now rests in mud at Morse Reservoir as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. 

REUTERS/Chris Bergin </p>

A boat dock now rests in mud at Morse Reservoir as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

A boat dock now rests in mud at Morse Reservoir as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

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<p>A sign at the fire department reminds people of the mandatory water usage ban as water levels drop due to the current drought in Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. 

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A sign at the fire department reminds people of the mandatory water usage ban as water levels drop due to the current drought in Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

A sign at the fire department reminds people of the mandatory water usage ban as water levels drop due to the current drought in Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

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<p>Ducks line up to jump into the water at the fountains at the National World War II Memorial during a heat wave at the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>

Ducks line up to jump into the water at the fountains at the National World War II Memorial during a heat wave at the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Ducks line up to jump into the water at the fountains at the National World War II Memorial during a heat wave at the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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<p>World War II veteran James Wakefield, 89, of Dayton, Ohio, sips water in the shade during his first visit to the National World War II Memorial, to beat the continuing heat gripping the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing </p>

World War II veteran James Wakefield, 89, of Dayton, Ohio, sips water in the shade during his first visit to the National World War II Memorial, to beat the continuing heat gripping the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing...more

World War II veteran James Wakefield, 89, of Dayton, Ohio, sips water in the shade during his first visit to the National World War II Memorial, to beat the continuing heat gripping the nation's capital Washington, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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<p>Kenyardia Chambers (L) spins Kale Currin in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, July 5, 2012. 

REUTERS/Jeff Haynes </p>

Kenyardia Chambers (L) spins Kale Currin in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Kenyardia Chambers (L) spins Kale Currin in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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<p>A barrel of hay sits in front of a soybean crop near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. 

REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

A barrel of hay sits in front of a soybean crop near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A barrel of hay sits in front of a soybean crop near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>People play in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. 

REUTERS/Eric Thayer </p>

People play in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

People play in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>A woman eats a popsicle walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. 

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A woman eats a popsicle walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A woman eats a popsicle walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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<p>Utility workers search for gas leaks in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. 

REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

Utility workers search for gas leaks in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Utility workers search for gas leaks in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>Two boys jump into a pool at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. 


REUTERS/Andrew Burton </p>

Two boys jump into a pool at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Two boys jump into a pool at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

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<p>A girl carries a snow cone walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. 


REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz </p>

A girl carries a snow cone walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A girl carries a snow cone walking around Central Park in New York, July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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<p>Corn plants struggle to survive on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012.

REUTERS/John Sommers II </p>

Corn plants struggle to survive on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Corn plants struggle to survive on a drought-stricken field in Oakland City, Indiana, July 24, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

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<p>Cattle graze in a field near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. 


REUTERS/Adrees Latif</p>

Cattle graze in a field near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Cattle graze in a field near Paris, Missouri, July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>Stella Charmpa and Andrew Pimlott sit on the grass in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012.

REUTERS/Eric Thayer </p>

Stella Charmpa and Andrew Pimlott sit on the grass in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Stella Charmpa and Andrew Pimlott sit on the grass in Central Park in New York, July 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>The Morse Reservoir turns to mud as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. 

REUTERS/Chris Bergin </p>

The Morse Reservoir turns to mud as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

The Morse Reservoir turns to mud as water levels drop due to the current drought near Cicero, Indiana, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Bergin

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<p>Felix John Fowler, age 5, plays at a fountain outside Public School 20 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. 

REUTERS/Andrew Burton </p>

Felix John Fowler, age 5, plays at a fountain outside Public School 20 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Felix John Fowler, age 5, plays at a fountain outside Public School 20 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

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<p>A tea cup sits in the drive way of a burned home in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. 

REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

A tea cup sits in the drive way of a burned home in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A tea cup sits in the drive way of a burned home in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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