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Youngsters at Small Wonder Child Development Center were allowed to play outside and run through the sprinkler in an effort to be cool and burn off energy. Here, Brody Camden, near, and Carson Roling inch their way closer to the center of the spray for a direct hit.

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Heat grips much of US; get used to it

The mercury climbed into the 90s across half the country Wednesday in a record-breaking blast of August-like heat, forcing schools with no air conditioning to let kids go home early and cities to open cooling centers.

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