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The presumptive Democratic ticket – presidential candidate Barack Obama – and his to-be-announced running mate will campaign together for the first time Saturday in Springfield, Ill., according to a senior Obama adviser. Springfield is where Obama announced his candidacy.

Forecasters expect tropical storm Fay to get a dose of energy Wednesday as it moves over the Atlantic Ocean, where it could linger and possibly reach hurricane strength. Fay made a west-to-east pass through Florida Tuesday without major disruptions.

The Environmental Protection Agency warned five Midwest states – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin – that a number of counties in each are in violation of new standards that outdoor pollution particles be no bigger than 2.5 micrometers. The EPA is seeking comments from the states before issuing its final soot noncompliance list.

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