Photos: Heat Wave Scorches East, Mid-West

A blast of heat has taken over the Mid-West and Eastern US.

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An unidentified pedestrian walks past a time and temperature sign in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, July 11, 2011. Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Temperatures are rising across the East and Midwest, and people everywhere are looking for ways to keep cool. The heat index in many states made it feel as if the temperature had surpassed 100 degrees. Damian Estrella, 2, splashed in a kiddy pool outside his apartment complex to keep cool as weather reached the 90-degree mark in Newark, N.J.
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NEW JERSEY: Daniel Garcia, 34, cools himself with water while wearing a t-shirt on his head to protect himself from a 90-degree heat while working his landscaping assignment at the Riverview Garden Apartments on July 11, 2011, in Passaic, N.J.
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ILLINOIS: Mike Cox, of Sherman, Ill., positions a large fan and specially designed water hoses to cool his Standardbred trotting filly named Master Charge It, at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
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NEW YORK: Michelle Brown holds her nephew as they run through a water sprinkler to beat the heat in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in New York. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York City Tuesday, with temperatures expected to hit as high as 95. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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NEW YORK: A straphanger wipes sweat from his face while walking the platform at the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. The subway platforms often feel even hotter than above ground, as heat and humidity gets trapped in the tunnels.
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TEXAS: A vendor near the Alamo opens a umbrella to provide protection from the sun July 11, 2011, in San Antonio.
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TEXAS: Jesus Franco, 67, stands next to the box of a fan he received from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, July 11, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Franco, who is blind, said that he had a small air conditioning unit installed in his home last week, but even then, "at night it gets so hot you can't sleep."
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TEXAS: Despite the high temperatures, tourists take a boat ride along the River Walk on July 11, 2011, in San Antonio.
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WASHINGTON D.C.: People take shelter from the sun in the shadow of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON D.C.: The White House is reflected in a puddle on the Eclipse. Temperatures on the East Coast reached the mid-90s by midday, showing a break in the 100-degree days from earlier in the week.
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WASHINGTON D.C.: Local hardware employee David Rodriguez carries a pool for a customer in Takoma Park, Md, outside Washington as residents find ways of comfort and relief from the heat wave sweeping northeast.
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PHILADELPHIA: Anthony Turner towels off his one year old son William who was beating the midday summer heat with water from a garden hosE in Philadelphia.
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NORTH CAROLINA: Michael Ferguson wipes sweat while he and other members of the Silk Hope Boomerang Team brave the heat to practice in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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VERMONT: People walk through the cool waters of Warren Falls to beat the heat on July 11, 2011 in Warren, Vt.
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OHIO: Jim and Denise Sheak, from Uniontown, Ohio enjoy a relaxing day at Headlands Beach State Park on Lake Erie. Temperatures reached into the 90's in Ohio.
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KENTUCKY: Round bales of hay lie in a field shrouded in fog as the sun rises July 12, 2011, near Glencoe, Ky. High heat and humidity continue to cover much of Kentucky. The National Weather Service is calling for more hot weather Tuesday with heat index rising to 105 or higher and a heat advisory in effect for the afternoon in some areas.
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KENTUCKY: In front of the backdrop of the barn in which the burley will be stored, a group of farm workers makes their way across a tobacco field hoeing weeds out of the rows in the early morning July 11, 2011, near Sparta, Ky. Much of Kentucky is expected to be hit with high heat throughout the week.
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COLORADO: David Hostetler hangs a "WEATHER WARNING" sign from his scoreboard after play was suspended because of lightning during the second round of the Women's U.S. Open golf tournament at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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KANSAS: An unidentified pedestrian walks past a time and temperature sign in Lawrence, Kan., on July 11, 2011. Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South.
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KANSAS: An unidentified bicycle rider peddles west along US 40 near Lawrence, Kan. on July 11, 2011. Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South.
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KANSAS: A thunderstorm moves across the bottom land along the Kansas River near Eudora, Kan., Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Thunderstorms passed across Kansas and Missouri Tuesday.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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