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Heat wave scorches central United States

<p>Tommy Fowler (R) shields himself from the sun as he waits to board a bus during a prolonged heat wave in Dallas, Texas July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Tommy Fowler (R) shields himself from the sun as he waits to board a bus during a prolonged heat wave in Dallas, Texas July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Tommy Fowler (R) shields himself from the sun as he waits to board a bus during a prolonged heat wave in Dallas, Texas July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Aidan Martin, 8 (R), pours water on Jessica Martin (L) and Connor Tille, 6, (C), at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Sarah Conard</p>

Aidan Martin, 8 (R), pours water on Jessica Martin (L) and Connor Tille, 6, (C), at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Sarah Conard

Aidan Martin, 8 (R), pours water on Jessica Martin (L) and Connor Tille, 6, (C), at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Sarah Conard

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