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Air pollution shrouds Beijing on eve of Olympics

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BEIJING (AP) -- A day before the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, China's capital is enveloped in a wall of gray haze that has cut visibility down to a mile.

Beijing's air pollution index was recorded at 96 today, close to exceeding the national level for acceptable air. Anything over 100 is harmful to sensitive groups, including children and the elderly.

Athletes participating in the games have raised concerns about the impact of the city's pollution on their health and their performance. Many have chosen to train outside Beijing.

The forecast for tomorrow from China's meteorological agency calls for overcast skies with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. But relief may come by the weekend, with a prediction of moderate rain that could help wash out pollutants.

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