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Avitrol use is ruffling feathers

Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed pest control agencies. The repellent can cause seizures to birds, often in mid-flight.  And during last week’s heat wave, it even led to deaths.

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Madras HS track coach charged with abusing boy on team

The head track and field coach at Madras High School was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police on charges she engaged in an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year old boy on the track team.

SCHMIDTKE, KEITH ALLEN

Deschutes County Jail

Deschutes County Jail escapee captured

A Deschutes County Jail inmate who escaped from a work crew working outside the jail Sunday evening, running through the parking lot and scaling the fence, was captured running through a southwest Bend neighborhoods Monday afternoon, officials confirmed.

Waterman Complex Fire retardant drop

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Hwy. 26E set for limited reopening Tuesday

The nearly 12,000-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell moved from 50 to 75 percent containment Monday -- and it was announced that Hwy. 26E east of Prineville will reopen to one lane of traffic Tuesday morning by pilot car.

Logging Unit Fire retardant drop

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C.O. fires update: More storms threaten more fires

Initial attack crews prepared Monday to take on new fire starts as thunderstorms with abundant lightning are anticipated tomorrow in Central Oregon while fire crews on large incidents continue to contain fires started by last week’s lightning.

Shaniko Butte Fire Map

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Shaniko Butte Fire now 75 percent contained

A final burnout planned for Sunday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte was delayed due to uncooperative weather; still, the 42,500-acre fire is 50 percent contained by 540 personnel.

Logging Unit Fires raise evacuation levels

9,500-acre Logging Unit Fires spark evacuation alert

The Logging Unit Fires is a newly established and jointly managed group of nine fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, one of which is threatening dozens of homes.

A record year for fires on High Desert

High Desert wildfires: Blazing toward record?

Bend fire experts say wildfire conditions are only likely to get worse, but can't say this season's large and plentiful fires are record-breaking. Yet.

Redmond Smokejumpers are Central Oregon s elite

They take a dive to save forests and homes

Smokejumping -- it's the kind of firefighting adrenaline junkies fall for. But don't be fooled: This work is no walk in the park.

Smokey Skies Help Firefighters Fight Blaze

Wildfire smoke can be helpful (to firefighters)

Smoke is a burning topic on the minds of Central Oregonians. And Monday, Samantha O’Connor went out to Warm Springs to find out more about the haze.

Train carrying MH17 victims

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Ukraine says Russian officer shot down MH17

[Breaking news update, 7:20 a.m. ET]

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's director of informational security, told CNN on Tuesday that he is certain a Russian officer personally pushed the button to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Moscow has denied claims ...

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Idaho fugitive caught in Bend Safeway parking lot

PERERA, DEDIGAMAGE

Bend police staked out, surrounded and arrested an Idaho man wanted on aggravated assault and strangulation charges in the…

C.O. jobless rates at lowest levels since 2008

There was widespread improvement to unemployment levels across the High Desert in June after several months of stagnation,…

Bend duplex fire traced to disposed-of cigarette

Fire engulfs SE Bend duplex

A fast-moving southeast Bend duplex fire Saturday afternoon that spread to neighboring brush and trees, threatening nearby…

Red Cross outreach teams working in C.O.

Red Cross logo

Several American Red Cross outreach teams were canvassing the Three Rivers area, Warm Springs and Prineville on Saturday to…

Three firefighters injured in two rollover crashes

Waterman Complex field observations

The dangers of firefighting aren’t solely on the fire lines, a reminder seen Friday in a pair of injury rollover crashes…

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C.O. wildfires roundup: Smoke streaming as blazes grow

Bridge 99 Complex Fire doubles in size overnight

A fire-weary week drew to a close Friday with little rest, watery eyes and lots of work ahead to contain numerous wildfires…

Prineville fires police chief Eric Bush; he fires back

Eric Bush firing letter file pic

Nine months after placing him on paid leave, the city of Prineville tersely announced Wednesday that Police Chief Eric Bush…

Bend guide, 22 others snared in illegal hunting case

OSP poaching investigation

In possibly one of the most extensive investigations involving Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division troopers, a…

Merkley: Hobby Lobby bill filibuster 'outrageous'

Sen. Jeff Merkley

After a minority of senators voted to filibuster debate on a bill that would undo the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision…

Ukraine says Russian officer shot down MH17

Train carrying MH17 victims

[Breaking news update, 7:20 a.m. ET]

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's director of informational security, told CNN on Tuesday that he…

Detroit retirees back pension cuts

Detroit

It's been a surprisingly good year for Detroit. Last year at this time, the city filed for the nation's largest municipal…

Russia offers alternate takes for MH17 crash

MH17 crash site

In the tangled aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, two narratives have emerged -- one that most of the…

Teens charged with killing homeless men

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Three teens admitted to police they attacked two homeless men who were found dead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday,…

Typhoon Matmo projected to hit Taiwan

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After super Typhoon Rammasun battered parts of the Philippines and China last week, another sizable storm is approaching…

MH17: Five unanswered questions

MH17 crash site 3

Amid the chaos and the grief, the politics and the finger pointing, we are no closer to answering some key questions about…

Kerry seeks Gaza truce amid rising deaths

John Kerry in Egypt

The death toll continues to mount on both sides of the Gaza conflict as the United States pushes for a halt to fighting…

Massive flight disruptions expected in China

Canceled flights Jan 22

Hundreds of flights to and from eastern China were canceled or delayed Monday and state media warned that more disruptions…

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NW wildlife refuges phasing out bee-killing pesticide

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii are phasing out pesticides similar to nicotine…

Bakery bandits: Hillsboro cars smeared with maple bars

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — There's mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn't involve the…

2014 World Cup

Brazil claims 'victory' in World Cup

Brazil World Cup 2014

Alex Thomas

Brazil's national football team may have been smoked on the pitch by Germany, but now government officials are claiming a…

Heroes' welcome for German World Cup winners

Germany's Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle celebrating World Cup victory

Alex Grimm/Pool/Reuters

The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as up to a million flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to…

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil soccer coach

Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Luiz Felipe Scolari's second stint as Brazil manager didn't go nearly as well as the first.

Argentine police, fans riot after World Cup

Argentina World Cup riots

Channel 13 Argentina

Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of…

World Cup walloped social-media records

Mario Gotze scores

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

Pay it Forward: Families & Communities Together

Pay it Forward Families Communities Together

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen surprised Dee Ann Lewis and the Giggles Learning Center of La Pine.

Pay it Forward: Ken's Bikes

Pay it Forward Ken s Bikes

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen on Tuesday surprised Ken Cardwell of Redmond, who rebuilds and restores bikes to donate to those in need.

Pay it Forward: A Redmond girl's lasting legacy

Pay it Forward A young girl s legacy

In this month's Pay it Forward, we're honoring the memory of one very special Redmond girl after she lost her battle to leukemia in October.

Pay it Forward: Ochoco Elem. library needs books

Pay it Forward Ochoco Elem Library gets boost

Students at Ochoco Elementary spend time every day reading in the library. But what do the kids do when some of the shelves are bare and the books are outdated? In this segment of Pay it Forward, we help give the Mustangs a little library makeover.

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Detroit retirees back pension cuts

Detroit

It's been a surprisingly good year for Detroit. Last year at this time, the city filed for the nation's largest municipal…

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

New York Stock Exchange sign

Stock markets were looking perky Tuesday morning, with easing tension over Ukraine and healthy company earnings giving…

China food scandal hits McDonald's, KFC

McDonald's sign

A new food scandal has erupted in China, threatening to tarnish the reputations of McDonald's, Starbucks and Yum Brands.

An…

Summer bummer: Six Flags attendance tanks

Bizarro Roller Coaster, Six Flags New England

Six Flags took a dive on Monday and not in a fun roller coaster kind of way.

The theme park's shares plunged as much as 9%…

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Rights Group accuses U.S. of abuses in terror cases

Department of Justice

The Justice Department targeted American Muslims in "abusive counterterrorism sting operations" as part of aggressive terror…

Perry sending National Guard to border

Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens…

Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

Marijuana joint pot

Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or…

Military family groceries won't be cut, for now

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Military families can breathe a sigh of relief: their grocery stores are not going to be cut, for now.

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'Marathon' style helped her lose 100 pounds

Nicole Durham

Like so many people, Nicole Durham was tired of being overweight. No one bullied her, and she didn't have a health scare.…

Algae health alert issued for Odell Lake

Medicine generic AP

A health advisory was issued Monday due to high levels of blue-green algae in Odell Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath…

Firefighter obesity a big problem

California wind storms, fire, firefighters

The need for firefighters to be fit seems obvious: A fire ax weighs around 20 pounds, and an oxygen tank can be up to 50.…

Jury awards $23.6 billion in smoking lawsuit

RJ Reynolds HQ

A Florida jury awarded a widow $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco…

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Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men

Obama in Oval Office

Setting daily goals. Keeping an open mind. Separating honest criticism from blind "hating."

Asia grads searching for Google jobs

Sign at Google campus

Asia's top students are hoping to hook up with Western firms such as Google, Apple and Deloitte when they enter the…

John Wayne's family, university 'Duke' it out

John Wayne in True Grit

John Wayne's family is fighting Duke University in federal court over the use of "Duke" to sell whiskey.

Want to study pot? There's a school for that

Medical marijuana 101

A new school is launching this fall that will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about pot.

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You're not cool enough for Facebook's newest app

Facebook Mentions

Call it Facebook for the famous. Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app called "Mentions," which is designed to help…

Google to speed up Web with smaller photos

Google to speed up Web with smaller photos

Giant photos are slowing the Web down. Google has a plan to make your pages load faster.

How a teen turned online abuse around

Jada sex abuse victim

Jada, a Houston-area 16-year-old, was getting ready for finals week and looking forward to a summer hanging out with friends…

Facebook tests new function: If you Like it, Buy it

Facebook graphic illustration

Facebook is looking for some new fans: It wants to help small business owners up their ecommerce game.

The social media…

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California beach goes heavy on the anchovies

Anchovies at California beach

Who ordered the anchovies? That's what beach-goers may be asking after a huge swarm of the oily fish descended on the…

Golfing green: Bend course goes electric

Golf course goes electric

One Bend golf course has made some new improvements to make golfing more enjoyable, putting "green" vehicles on the greens.

Manatees may lose endangered status

Snooty oldest manatee

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a review of the status of the manatee to determine whether the lovable sea cow…

Is this the green coffee cup revolution?

Recyclable cup

Chances are if you bought your favorite coffee in a paper cup this morning, that cup cannot be recycled.

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Report: Cavs plan to sign Wiggins this week

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas Jayhawks

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com.

Manziel's jersey highest seller in NFL

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns jersey, NFL Draft

Johnny Manziel's No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey was the highest seller on NFLShop.com during the first quarter of the…

Giants G Snee announces retirement

New York Giants NFL helmet

New York Giants offensive guard Chris Snee announced his retirement Monday after struggling to bounce back from hip and…

Lee's activation among Phils' roster moves

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies, 2012 spring training

The Philadelphia Phillies officially activated left-hander Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list Monday and announced a…

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City to veteran: Get rid of therapeutic ducks

Domesticated duck

An Iraq War veteran is trying to convince his Ohio village to let him keep his 14 therapeutic ducks.

8 unlikely, adorable city mascots

Hamish McHamish

The world's most adorable city mascots have some heady responsibilities and impressive lines on their CVs, from running a…

Pit bull saves deaf teen from house fire

Pit bull saves deaf teen

A teen is alive thanks to the family's pit bull, who woke him up from a nap when his house caught fire.

Photographer chronicles dog's last day alive

Dog's last day on earth

A photographer captures hearts around the world with her photos of a dog's last day alive.

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Fiat: We're not talking merger with VW

Fiat

Fiat denied Thursday it was in merger talks with Volkswagen, but its shares held on to strong gains in a weaker Italian…

Classic VW Beetle goes electric

VW Beetle electric

If you want an electric car with some personality, how about a classic Volkswagen Beetle? Not many cars have more…

Here's what's so outrageous about the GM debacle

GM HQ Detroit with Chevrolet sign

Senators didn't hold back Thursday as they grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

It is the fourth time she's been called…

Feds may press automakers further on mileage claims

Honda pink car

The federal government may require automakers to road test cars to ensure the accuracy of gas mileage claims, the…

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'Facts of Life' stars reunite in TV movie

Facts of Life (2)

On Saturday, two stars from "Facts of Life" got together for a long overdue TV reunion.

Kanye West has acquired some 'Kim K. skills'

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

It looks like Kanye West's new wife is rubbing off on him.

Monty Python says goodbye

Monty Python's Flying Circus

If there were any doubt that the members of the Monty Python troupe wouldn't be holding back in their farewell show, it…

Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested

Farrah Franklin mugshot

Farrah Franklin, whose claim to fame is five months backing up Beyonce in the band Destiny's Child, was charged with…

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Bust a move for best dance flicks ever

Kevin Bacon_Footloose

Dance flicks can make for an entertaining movie. Take a look at some of the best dance movies of all time.

Cameron Diaz through the years

Cameron Diaz, What to Expect premiere 2012

As Cameron Diaz stars in "Sex Tape," take a look at images of the actress throughout her career.

Gold standard: Celebrated animated films

Planes Fire and Rescue

As "Planes: Fire and Rescue" opens in theaters this week take a look at some of the top animated films of the last decade.

Which movie stars got their start on TV?

Jamie Foxx

Take a look at some of the biggest movie stars who got their start on TV.

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Oops: Fake bus bomb mistaken for real one

Fake bomb Washington

A suspicious bag that sparked the evacuation of a city bus and several roads in Washington state turns out to be a fake bomb.

Pilot makes emergency landing on same highway twice in 8 days

Pilot makes emergency landing on same highway twice in 8 days

A veteran pilot was forced to make his second emergency landing in eight days on the same Long Island, New York, highway.

Cops: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

Stolen dress selfies

If you steal a dress, you might want to avoid any pictures of yourself in it.

California beach goes heavy on the anchovies

Anchovies at California beach

Who ordered the anchovies? That's what beach-goers may be asking after a huge swarm of the oily fish descended on the…

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Summer bummer: Six Flags attendance tanks

Bizarro Roller Coaster, Six Flags New England

Six Flags took a dive on Monday and not in a fun roller coaster kind of way.

The theme park's shares plunged as much as 9%…

8 unlikely, adorable city mascots

Hamish McHamish

The world's most adorable city mascots have some heady responsibilities and impressive lines on their CVs, from running a…

TSA passenger security fee rises

Airport security, TSA

The costs of your airline travel will rise a little today, thanks to the federal government.

Airline passenger security fees…

MH17 crash prompts flight detours

Airplane traffic

Commercial airlines that usually cross eastern Ukraine on their flights to Europe, Asia and elsewhere are detouring away…

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Europe's oldest pastry shops

Confeitaria Nacional

Here are nine of the world's oldest pastry shops -- tried and trusted by centuries of cake-hungry visitors.

Would you order this $78 taco?

Caviar tacos

Caviar is the new condiment.

In-flight gourmet fine dining possible?

In-flight fine dining

More and more airlines are teaming up with world-class chefs, hoping to solve that ultimate #firstworldproblem: how to…

Report: Americans want better quality fast food

McDonald's

Americans want food their way, and a new survey shows that "their way" calls for a higher quality, more varied meal than…

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They take a dive to save forests and homes

Redmond Smokejumpers are Central Oregon s elite

Smokejumping -- it's the kind of firefighting adrenaline junkies fall for. But don't be fooled: This work is no walk in the park.

Cooler weather aids crews fighting Wash. fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Hwy. 26E set for limited reopening Tuesday

Waterman Complex Fire retardant drop

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The nearly 12,000-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell moved from 50 to 75 percent containment Monday -- and it was announced that Hwy. 26E east of Prineville will reopen to one lane of traffic Tuesday morning by pilot car.

C.O. fires update: More storms threaten more fires

Logging Unit Fire retardant drop

InciWeb

Initial attack crews prepared Monday to take on new fire starts as thunderstorms with abundant lightning are anticipated tomorrow in Central Oregon while fire crews on large incidents continue to contain fires started by last week’s lightning.

Bridge 99 Complex update: Burnout conducted

Bridge 99 Fire Green Ridge Lookout

Steve Ziel

Crews on the Bridge 99 Fire were conducting a successful burnout late Monday of the northwest portion of the fire.

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Walking: Is it enough for weight loss?

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Can you lose weight if the only exercise you do is walking? Find out here.

What to hunt in the summer months

Geese

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While the summer months can be considered off-months for hunters, there are still some prey you might want to set your sights on over the summer.

GPS allows for modern day treasure hunts

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With GPS, hikers can participate in modern day treasure hunts while geocaching.

Must-haves for your tackle box

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When going fishing, don’t leave home without having these key must-have items in your tackle box.

Benefits of cycling

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Cycling is a great social activity to do with friends, and it provides you with a way to see some beautiful scenery and explore nature. It also has a lot of health benefits.

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Should children be tested for high cholesterol?

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As adults we get our cholesterol checked regularly, but should our children also be getting checked? Find out here.

Make the most of family time this summer

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Summer can be busy. To make the most of family time follow these tips to make time for family bonding.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

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Find out more about autism and how it impacts a child's life.

Study: BMI could be missing 25 percent of obese kids

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Researchers find that body mass index tests may miss children who have a normal BMI but also have excess body fat.

What are symptoms of lead poisoning?

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How do you know if you or your child has lead poisoning? Take a look at these symptoms.

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Tour the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Discover great local artists and public art installations at the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Premier Art Show Coming to Bend!

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Come see why this event was recently ranked among the Top 15 shows in the nation

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Kia Soul now plugs in

2015 Kia Soul EV

On the outside, it looks much like the conventional Kia Soul. However, this version doesn't have a gas tank, or a fuel…

Big Subaru sedan gets big changes

2015 Subaru Legacy

Subaru has big plans for its big sedan.

New F-150 is key to Ford's future

Ford showed off the next generation of America's best-selling vehicle Monday morning at the Detroit Auto Show.

Corvette Z06: Now wiith even more umph

Do you want a Corvette with even more power? Then take a look at the all new Z06.

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