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  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

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    Police arrest man in deadly hit and run crash

    Police arrest man in deadly hit and run crash

    Sunday, September 24 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-09-24 21:49:50 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    One of the victims in the hit and run on East Pima Street and North Alvernon Way has died, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.  

    One of the victims in the hit and run on East Pima Street and North Alvernon Way has died, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.  

A massive X-class solar flare erupted from the suns surface Tuesday afternoon, emitting solar winds at 4.4 million mph.  An X-class flare is one of the strongest solar flares the sun emits.  

Solar flares are explosions of hot gases that oftentimes create a coronal mass ejection, or CME, that can disrupt satellite communication here on Earth.

Luckily, this solar flare was not directed at Earth, so this CME shouldn't cause any major problems.  However, it is still close enough to create geomagnetic storms (auroras) near the poles Wednesday night. 

This is the peak of sunspot and solar flare activity, as the sun goes through an 11-year sunspot and solar activity cycle. 

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jukJsH5L-Ss#t=13


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