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With the temperatures heading up towards the 100 mark Worcester County has opened cooling centers for those trying to escape the heat.

The Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill will be open along with the five county libraries.

The Center will be open through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In addition, for those over the age of 55 can get relief at the Worcester County Senior Centers in Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke City.

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Get ready for the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Tomorrow the ponies will make their way across the Assateague Channel during what is called slack tide.

There will be private boats so that visitors can view the crossing from the water.

Many more will gather at Memorial Park to view the annual event that was made famous in the 1940’s novel “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

The event organizers are urging people to bring plenty of water and sun screen.

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Professor Keith Eshleman (ESH'-el-men) in the center's Frostburg office said in a statement Tuesday that his team found nearly universal improvement in water quality since 1986 across the Upper Potomac River Basin. The area includes parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says many of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's views conflict with "well-established Catholic teachings."

Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday.

Bishop Thomas Tobin in a Facebook post Saturday took issue with Kaine's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women. Tobin says it's apparent Kaine's faith is not "central to his public, political life."

His spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November's election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor's April executive order.

Virginia's Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

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Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the US presidency.

If elected in November, Clinton would join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the helm of some of the world's largest economies.

Would that mark a turning point for women wielding power around the world?

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A city built on coal wealth is turning away from the fossil fuel. Or at least, its biggest university is.

Newcastle University has become the most recent UK university pledging to divest from fossil fuels. The university joins a growing number of UK schools that have moved toward investments in alternative energy solutions.

Newcastle’s decision comes on the heels of similar announcements last year by 10 other UK schools.

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Nigerians seem to be parsing each twist and turn of the US presidential race. 

And Chude Jideonwo, a Lagos-based media entrepreneur and lawyer, says his Nigerian friends on Twitter are trading thoughts today on just one topic. 

"Everyone is unanimous, it's Michelle Obama for POTUS," Jideonwo says, adding that his Twitter feed was stocked with videos, photos and tweets from the first lady's speech at the DNC Monday night. "She was undoubtedly the standout." 

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It was an election in which many felt uninspired by the two candidates on offer. They represented a center-left party with flagging popularity, and a right-wing alternative that many feared would lead to social division and injustice.

This isn't the United States in 2016, but the UK six years ago, on the eve of its 2010 general election. And in Britain, those conditions led to an unexpected outcome: the sudden rise of an alternative third party.

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