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Investigation continues fundraisers set up after crash

Driver's bail increased in deadly Hwy 97 crash

Grief counselors were at Redmond schools Monday as several fund-raising efforts emerged after a violent Highway 97 crash that killed a 7-year-old girl and seriously injured three others. Meanwhile, the victim's stepfather made his first court appearance and a judge increased his bail to $500,000.

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Bend council OKs Westside campus - with misgivings

At the close of a nearly 5-hour appeal hearing Monday afternoon, the Bend City Council unanimously affirmed a hearings officer’s approval of controversial plans for OSU-Cascades’ new Westside campus – but not before they tacked on some new conditions and expressed strong disappointment at the university’s method of winning approval.

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Bend police investigating downtown fight

Bend police released some details Monday about an alcohol-fueled weekend altercation downtown involving a California police sergeant who they said displayed a handgun during the dispute.

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ODOT's Santiam Pass video going digital

 As winter weather approaches on Santiam Pass on U.S. Hihway20, ODOT and its video image supplier Bend Broadband plan to change out the old analogue microwave video signal system from near Hoodoo Ski Area to Bend and install a new digital link.

Flying car From dream to reality

Flying car slowly taking shape in Prineville

Want to get away? Wish you had a private jet? Well, there’s a prototype in the works which will turn your car into an airplane and your driveway into a runway.

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Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal biologists say the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and southern Oregon is a key threat to salmon in danger of extinction.

Tonight's lows

Temperatures dropping across Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far are expected this week in Oregon.

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Suspect in real estate agent slaying wanted to plead guilty

Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer told him to.

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Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Advocates of protecting sage grouse habitat across the West say new research shows visitors to western federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped more than $1 billion into the economy last year.

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World has lost half its wildlife in 40 years

The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.

The World Wide Fund for Nature's Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said th...

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USGS: Bats may mistake wind turbines for trees

 Certain bats may be approaching wind turbines after mistaking them for trees, according to a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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La Pine crews douse small brushfire near Hwy. 97

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Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies are seeking witnesses after firefighters doused a small, human-caused brushfire on the…

C.O. burn season set to begin - where it's allowed

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The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association announced Monday that burn season will open this week across Deschutes, Crook…

Missing man found in NW Bend

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A missing visitor to Bend with Asperger syndrome, the subject of a search by Bend police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s…

Bend toddler can't walk without surgery

Bend toddler needs surgery

At 37 weeks pregnant, Traci Benjamin and her husband, Norm, found out their second son would be born with a rare genetic…

Bomb scare delays LAX flight to Redmond

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Authorities say passengers were ordered off a Redmond-bound plane in Los Angeles and a bomb squad was called over a piece of…

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Bend police investigating downtown fight

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Bend police released some details Monday about an alcohol-fueled weekend altercation downtown involving a California police…

Richardson proposing east-west freeway

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State Rep. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson pitched an ambitious project at Saturday's debate,…

Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term

Sen. Jeff Merkley

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In his first run for the U.S. Senate, Jeff Merkley was the choice of the Democratic Party…

Kitzhaber, Richardson clash in Sunriver debate

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Long before they offered kind words about each other (by request) at the close of their hour-long debate in Sunriver on…

Will Mitt Romney take the plunge again?

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Two sources inside Mitt Romney's inner circle tell CNN that while Romney isn't planning a presidential bid, he's listening…

Suspect sought in Kentucky school shooting

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Authorities are searching for a suspect after a shooting at a high school in Kentucky left one student injured, a…

DA likely to seek death penalty in beheading

Alton Alexander Nolen, Oklahoma beheading suspect

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the beheading of a 54…

California bans plastic grocery bags

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California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday…

UK reports first anti-ISIS airstrikes in Iraq

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The United Kingdom said it conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq on Tuesday, striking targets four days after…

As dawn nears in Hong Kong, a deadline looms

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It's Wednesday in Hong Kong, and pro-democracy protests there are expected to grow because many people are off work for…

Suspect in real estate agent slaying wanted to plead guilty

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Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday…

Secret Service director: WH breach 'unacceptable'

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U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House…

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Plagiarism allegations focus of new Merkley ad

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has turned plagiarism accusations against his Republican rival, Monica…

Wehby suggests 3 Portland debates

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby says she's accepted three invitations for debates in Portland.

Marijuana industry makes political donations

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DENVER (AP) — Marijuana entrepreneurs are taking another step into the mainstream by becoming political donors.

Richardson proposing east-west freeway

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State Rep. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson pitched an ambitious project at Saturday's debate,…

Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term

Sen. Jeff Merkley

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In his first run for the U.S. Senate, Jeff Merkley was the choice of the Democratic Party…

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Pay it Forward: Laundry Love

Pay it Forward Laundry Love

This month, NewsChannel 21's Grace Joyal presents the $500 to a woman who wants to help Laundry Love, a Redmond organization that helps those in need get their clothes clean.

Pay it Forward: Affordable Auto Repair

Pay it Forward Affordable Auto Repair

This month's Pay it Forward recipient gets to bring $500 to Affordable Auto Repair, Skip Black's Redmond business that helps out people in need

Pay it Forward: Camp Courage

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NewsChannel 21's Bob Shaw is on hand as Camp Courage receives a 'Pay it Forward' gift of $500 for its program that helps kids who have experienced a loss.

Pay it Forward: Families & Communities Together

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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.

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California bans plastic grocery bags

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California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday…

Home prices rise 5.6%

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Home prices rose in July but at a slower rate, as the real estate market's rebound continues to cool off.

National home…

EBay spinning off PayPal as separate company

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EBay is spinning off its online payment service PayPal as a separate company.

The move, which has long been urged by some…

Supervalu gets hacked ... again

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Supervalu, the grocery chain with thousands of stores, has been hit by a hacker ... again.

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Secret Service director: WH breach 'unacceptable'

Julia Pierson, Secret Service director

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House…

Afghanistan, U.S. sign security deal

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The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in…

US has already spent nearly $1 billion fighting ISIS

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The first wave of U.S. military attacks against ISIS has cost nearly $1 billion, according to a military think tank.

Poll: Big swing nationally for Dems

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Five weeks before the November midterm elections, voters give Democrats an edge over Republicans, according to a CNN/ORC…

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Doctor: Jovan Belcher likely had CTE

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend…

Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront

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Get ready to whip out your credit card before you are wheeled into the operating room or undergo an MRI.

Bend Memorial Clinic offering flu shots

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 Bend Memorial Clinic will be holding flu shot clinics in both Bend and Redmond for the upcoming flu season.

Doctors: Don't put your teen on 'the pill'

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When it comes to effective birth control for teens, "the pill" might be considered a reproductive relic.

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Be smart about the admissions process

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Technology puts more information than ever at college applicants' fingertips. But experts say the best advice for tackling…

Sex on campus: Only 'yes' means 'yes'

University of California Berkeley

Thousands of freshmen at the University of California-Berkeley swiped their student cards last week at the doors of…

Censoring US history in Denver schools?

Denver history protests stueents

One poster said "Censoring history = No Education."

Another read "We deserve to know the truth."

The signs were just a few…

Clemson limits fraternities after death

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A month into the fall semester, Clemson University has pulled the plug on two dozen fraternities. The university opted to…

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EBay spinning off PayPal as separate company

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EBay is spinning off its online payment service PayPal as a separate company.

The move, which has long been urged by some…

Does Ello have what it takes to be the anti-Facebook?

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In the past week, social network Ello gained much more traction than even its seven founders anticipated.

Facebook ads now showing up across the Web

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Facebook is expanding its advertising reach. The company launched a new line of business Monday that will display…

Apple iPhone 6 finally cleared for launch in China

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Apple has finally been granted regulatory approval by the Chinese government to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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California bans plastic grocery bags

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California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday…

Earthships, new homes made from old junk

Earthships built from scraps

The ability to live completely off the grid is now a reality courtesy of solar homes, known as Earthships.

A Swedish way to stay green

Malmo, Sweden

Sun, wind and water now rule an area that was once polluted and derelict.

DiCaprio addresses UN: Climate change is real

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brought attention to climate change Tuesday by addressing world leaders meeting at the UN Climate…

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Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail again

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Rafael Nadal took to the court Tuesday for the first time in three months and looked as though he had never been away as he…

FCC throws out NFL blackout rule

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After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Maryland on a…

NFL: Ref botched call on player's Muslim prayer

Sean Smith, 21, Husain Abdullah, 39

Husain Abdullah can kneel and pray pretty much anywhere in America he wants. Except, perhaps, for an NFL end zone.

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Portland pit bull likely going back to Colorado

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The pit bull that killed another dog last week on a Portland street car will likely be returned to its…

Rescue dog finds boy, 5, safe at bottom of ravine

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NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Coos County sheriff's office says a search and rescue dog found a missing 5-year-old autistic…

Officials remove dozens of animals from home

DEER PARK, Wash. (AP) — Deer Park officers investigating concerns about animal cruelty in a Deer Park home north of Spokane…

Pit bull that killed small dog had owner in Colo.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials investigating the case of a pit bull that fatally mauled a small dog on a Portland streetcar…

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Ford says C-Max recall will cost $500 million

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Ford Motor Company put a price tag on its latest recall: $500 million.

GM fixing problems with Corvette's 'nanny cam'

GM is warning Corvette drivers that using the car's "nanny cam" feature could be illegal.

General Motors recently sent…

Ford recalls 850,000 cars for air bag flaw

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Ford Motor says it is recalling 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent its air bag from…

First GM victims accept Feinberg settlement

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The families of two teenage girls killed in a crash of a recalled GM car are the first to accept settlement offers from the…

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Pitt, LaBeouf nearly fought with Eastwood

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Don't mess with Brad Pitt's tank. The star of "Fury" said that he and co-star Shia LaBeouf nearly got into it with fellow…

Clooney and Alamuddin's wedding photos revealed

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It may have taken him awhile, but it looks like waiting to get married was more than worth it for George Clooney.

'Crouching Tiger' sequel to hit Netflix, theaters on same day

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend

Mark Aug. 28, 2015 on your calendar: it will be a history-making day for Hollywood.

Amanda Bynes arrested on DUI charge

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Amanda Bynes was arrested on a DUI charge early Sunday morning in Sherman Oaks, California, Officer Juan Galvan with the…

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Potential 2015 Oscar contenders

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As "Gone Girl" opens in theaters, take a look at some movies that could get some Oscar buzz this awards season.

Tyler Perry's most successful movies

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As Tyler Perry appears in "Gone Girl," take a look at the 10 top-grossing movies he's directed and produced.

Gold standard: Celebrated animated films

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As "The Boxtrolls" opens in theaters this week take a look at some of the top animated films of the last decade.

Father-son acting duos

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As Will Smith -- the father of Jaden Smith -- celebrates his birthday, take a look at other father-son acting duos.

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Strong cologne leads cops to hiding criminal

Strong cologne suspect

An Oregon man accused of leading police on a 100 mph chase and then attempting to hide was caught after officers picked up…

Bank robbery suspect's happy mug shot going viral

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This could be the happiest mug shot ever.

La. restaurant gives discount to gun-toting patrons

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Packing heat? You'll get 10 percent off your meal at one Louisiana restaurant.

Cops: Man shot at neighbor's home to unload gun

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A Pennsylvania man accused of shooting at his neighbor's home says he only did it because he didn't know how to unload his…

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Air traffic control fire suspect in court

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A contract employee accused of setting a fire at a key Chicago air traffic control center made his first court appearance…

Air travel still hobbled after Chicago fire

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If you are traveling today, you may want to check with your airline.

Thousands of flights into and out of Chicago's two…

Chicago-area incident still snarling flights

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The effects of an employee's alleged sabotage of the Illinois air traffic control center where he worked continued to be…

20 reasons it's great to be a tourist

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In honor of World Tourism Day, celebrated Sept. 27, here are 20 reasons it's great to be a camera-toting out-of-towner with…

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Beware of Olive Garden passes on eBay

Never Ending Pasta Pass

Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat pasta passes are already for sale on eBay, but buyers should beware.

Woman finds dead frog in Pret A Manger salad

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A Wall Street Journal staffer returning to the newsroom found a stomach-churning stowaway after opening her Pret A Manger…

New world record set for largest Fritos Chili Pie

Fritos Chili Pie

Sure it can feed 5,000, but a Fritos Chili Pie that was cooked up in Texas this week did more than just kick up some snack…

Nestlé releases candy bars linked to cash

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It may sound like the next "Willy Wonka" movie, but the maker of KitKat chocolate bars says it has hidden global…

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Deschutes County lifts fire-use restrictions

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With cooler weather at hand, Deschutes County commissioners have rescinded their fire use restrictions on unprotected lands in the unincorporated county.

C.O. burn season set to begin - where it's allowed

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The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association announced Monday that burn season will open this week across Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties -- except in cities where burning is not permitted.

Some High Desert fire danger levels lowered

Fire danger levels drop to low

It has been a wet and cool start to fall in Central Oregon, and that is good news for those monitoring fire conditions.  As of midnight Thursday, fire danger levels are dropping from extreme to low on federal public lands.

Northwest leads nation in wildfires in 2014

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Northwest led the nation in wildfires this year.

Fall brings return of C.O. prescribed burning

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As weather conditions bring more moisture, shorter days, and cooler temperatures, fuels specialists with the Forest Service and BLM will begin fall and winter prescribed burning around the High Desert.

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Fall can be great time for bass fishing

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Fall is one of the best times of the year to go bass fishing. Find out why here.

Tips for golfing in colder temps

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As the temperatures start to fall, get tips on how to still enjoy a round of golf before the season ends.

How to prepare days before a race

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With the start of the fall season comes various running events. When getting ready to run your race make sure you are properly prepared by following these tips the days leading up to the event.

Mountain biking basics

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For those looking to change up their workout routine, mountain biking can be a fun cross between hiking and cycling. Before you hit the trails take a look at these basic tips.

How to enjoy running in the fall

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As fall nears, it can be a great time to run. For many, fall can be one of the best times of the year to run with comfortable temperatures and pretty autumn scenery.

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Foods to avoid during pregnancy

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Find out what foods you should avoid during your pregnancy to protect you and your baby.

How to treat hand, foot and mouth disease

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With school back in session, kids are at risk for various contagious illnesses, including hand, foot and mouth disease.

15 healthiest foods for your kids

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A healthy diet is extremely important for kids' development. Check out 15 healthy food options for your children.

How is autism spectrum disorder diagnosed?

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Find out how autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed in children, and what tests and observations are commonly done.

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet

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Find out why it's important to include whole grains in your healthy diet.

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Running with the dogs

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Ever notice things dogs do on trail runs that would be weird if humans did them?

Tour the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

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

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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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