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As Heat Records Fall in Northeast, Some City Dwellers Flee

People rest on the Staten Island Ferry as temperatures reach into the 90s in New York on July 21.

People rest on the Staten Island Ferry as temperatures reach into the 90s in New York on July 21.

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Promised Land, Pa. (AP) -- It's not exactly flowing with milk and honey — just ask the area's struggling black bears — but Promised Land offered respite Sunday for city folks in the Northeast trying to escape a nearly weeklong hot spell that only threatened to intensify.

Those with the resources fled to pools, beaches and higher elevations like Promised Land State Park, at 1,800 feet (550 meters) in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and a drive of about 2 1/2 hours from New York City and Philadelphia.