UNDATED (AP) — There’s no respite from the heat wave that’s gripping the eastern two thirds of the nation.
Heat index values near 100 degrees or greater are being felt from the Midwest to the Northeast.
Baltimore, Md., saw a midday high heat index value up to 115 degrees, with a high temperature at 95 degrees.
Amtrak has been slowing trains along the busy Northeast Corridor because the heat is driving up internal temperatures of the rails.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking people to reduce electricity use because the intense heat is driving near record demand for power. He says people should cut back as much as possible to take pressure off the state’s power grid and help prevent outages or brownouts.
Health officials continue to warn people about taking care to stay hydrated, eat light and avoid strenuous activity.
239-r-16-(Sound of dogs and people playing in Lake Michigan, at Chicago’s Montrose Dog Beach park)–Sound of dogs and people playing in Lake Michigan at Chicago’s Montrose Dog Beach park. (18 Jul 2013)
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238-a-05-(Jessica Pascalo, Chicago dog owner, interviewed at Chicago’s Montrose Dog Beach on Lake Michigan)-”mainly coming here (woof!)”-Chicago dog owner Jessica Pascalo says she and her pet are beating the heat by splashing in Lake Michigan. (18 Jul 2013)
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121-a-16-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-”the East Coast”-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry says there will be very high temperatures again today in the eastern and central U.S. (18 Jul 2013)
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124-a-14-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-”this extreme heat”-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry has advice for coping with the hot weather. (18 Jul 2013)
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123-a-11-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-”days at least”-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry says California is still dealing with triple digit temperatures. (18 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO MNMIT105: Sonja Mason of St. Paul stands beneath one of the water falls at Upper Landing Park to stay cool, Thursday, July 18, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The largest heat wave of the summer has stagnated over large regions, bringing sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief without rain, a growing possibility for some hard-hit areas as the weekend approaches. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT (18 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO NYJG109: Jameek Delmonte of Brooklyn sells cold water on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Temperatures climbed up into the 90′s again on Thursday in what has become the largest heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Jon Gerberg) (18 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO WIWES105: Mya Edelman, 9, of West Bend embraces the droplets of water she happens to come in contact with as she makes her way across the Splash Pad in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis on Thursday evening, July 18, 2013. The largest heat wave of the summer has stagnated over large regions, bringing sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief without rain, a growing possibility for some hard-hit areas as the weekend approaches. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke) (18 Jul 2013)
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Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County dedicated its 39th house on Saturday. It's been a long journey to get to this day, including the cleanup after vandals and thieves threatened the project.
Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown held an open house Saturday. The event is just one of many the school will be hosting to attract more students.
The sounds of the holiday season could be heard in Niles Saturday as a Valley tradition returned to the Eastwood Mall.
American Red Cross workers stayed busy Saturday at a holiday blood drive in Boardman.
A Canfield student is competing on national television Saturday for $100,000 in tuition money.
Allegiant Airlines will begin charging a fee for printing boarding passes beginning May 1, 2014.
Several hundred fans made the trip to Massillon to cheer on the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney football team as it went for its ninth state championship.
A Salem woman was arrested on a drug charge after a raid at her home on Thursday.
After 40 years, Dr. Richard Billak, who started the Community Corrections Association, is retiring at the end of December.
A group of local drug store workers spent part of their day giving back to some of the area's less fortunate.
The Youngstown Air Reserve Station confirmed Friday that the "Thunder Over the Valley" air show will return in the spring.
Students from Leonard Kirtz School were at Pioneer Farm in Poland on Friday, picking out some Christmas trees for U.S. service members.
Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Students from Youngstown schools enter their artwork for the recycling calendar contest in hopes that it will make it into the calendar.
This weekend, a benefit will be held for a Trumbull County woman who lost her home after a car crashed into it, knocking the home off its foundation.
The Mahoning County Coroner's office has finally been able to identify the remains of Jacqueline Rowe of Youngstown, who was last seen in July of 1996.