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It was hot Saturday in Sun City, Ariz., and across the Southwest.
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June 30, 2013 The death of an elderly man in Las Vegas is being blamed on temperatures that have soared past 110 degrees in many places. The National Weather Service warns that it's going to stay brutally hot in the Southwest for at least a few more days.
If you're in the red or orange zones, try to stay cool.
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June 29, 2013 The highest air temperature ever recorded on the planet was the 134 degrees registered there in 1913. Forecasters say the heat wave baking the Southwest could push the temperature near that point in the valley this weekend.
The Racetrack area in Death Valley National Park, which boasts one of the darkest night skies in the U.S.
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February 21, 2013 It's now the largest park in the world to be given the International Dark-Sky Association's top honor. Skies there "offer views close to what could be seen before the rise of cities." We've got the list of 19 other places the association cites.
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