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“Why am I drinking hot coffee this morning? Because I’m crazy,” paralegal Sharon Loven, 35, said with a laugh on her way to work after a long beach weekend that was still too brief for her liking.

“I should have stayed at the shore. That’s the place to be when it’s this hot.”

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Associated Press writers Eva Dou and Verena Dobnik in New York and Jeff McMillan and JoAnn Loviglio in Philadelphia contributed to this report.