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  • UPDATE: Bond set for Tucson couple in shocking child-abuse case

    UPDATE: Bond set for Tucson couple in shocking child-abuse case

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-02-22 04:51:23 GMT
    Benito and Carol Gutierrez, of Tucson, have been accused of abusing their four young adopted children. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)Benito and Carol Gutierrez, of Tucson, have been accused of abusing their four young adopted children. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

    Benito and Carol Gutierrez have been accused in a disturbing case of child abuse involving their adopted children, authorities said.

    Benito and Carol Gutierrez have been accused in a disturbing case of child abuse involving their adopted children, authorities said.

  • Triple shooting leaves 3 dead; suspect in critical condition

    Triple shooting leaves 3 dead; suspect in critical condition

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:32 PM EST2018-02-21 23:32:13 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:32 AM EST2018-02-22 05:32:47 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the west Valley. Police say three people were shot by a suspect, and that suspect is in critical condition.

    Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the west Valley. Police say three people were shot by a suspect, and that suspect is in critical condition.

  • Know before you go to the 2018 Tucson Rodeo Parade

    Know before you go to the 2018 Tucson Rodeo Parade

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:33 AM EST2018-02-21 12:33:08 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22.  Each year over 200,000 people line the route to watch the country's longest non-mechanized parade.  

    The 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22.  Each year over 200,000 people line the route to watch the country's longest non-mechanized parade.  

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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