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That observation could be made anywhere in the central U.S. Heat advisories and warnings were in place in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan, as temperatures and humidity combined to make being outside uncomfortable for millions. One National Weather Service forecaster called the heat wave “unrelenting” and said sweaty residents shouldn’t expect any relief soon: A so-called “heat dome” over the region isn’t moving much.

In Oklahoma City, forecasters expected another day of 100-degree heat Sunday, which would be the 27th day this year the city has reached 100 or above.


City moves to ban plastic bags at stores

PORTLAND — Plastic shopping bags could be banned at Portland’s larger grocery store and other retailers as soon as Oct. 15.

Mayor Sam Adams proposed an ordinance Thursday that is expected to easily win City Council approval.

The Oregonian reported that Mr. Adams backed off his bag-ban proposal to give the Legislature a chance to enact a statewide ban. The session ended last month without approval of a bill that would have banned plastic bags and imposed a 5-cent fee for paper sacks.

Portland’s ordinance would exempt plastic grocery bags used for produce, bulk food and meat.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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