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Massive smoke cloud from Willamette NF wildfire

After a fairly calm few weeks on the wildfire front for Central Oregon, thousands of residents were alarmed to see a massive cloud of smoke blowing into the region late Wednesday -- but as it turns out, it was from the Deception Fire burning fiercely about 70 miles to the southwest on the Willamette National Forest.

William Parkerson, Jeep Cherokee sought in deputy shooting

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Klamath deputy shot, seriously wounded in traffic stop

A gunman shot and seriously wounded a Klamath County sheriff's deputy on Wednesday during a traffic stop, and police are looking for a suspect in a black Jeep Cherokee.

'Redmond 5' case returns to Bend

'Redmond 5' killer returns, may get new sentence

One of the notorious 'Redmond Five' teens convicted in the brutal 2001 killing of Barbara Thomas has been returned to the Deschutes County Jail, awaiting what could be a new sentence.

Finding the facts amid campaign ads

As campaigns heat up, what to make of the ads?

With election season right around the corner, already in full swing are those political ads -- and sometimes the special interest groups come out swinging. The candidates for Bend's Oregon House District 54, Democrat Craig Wilhelm and Republican Knute Buehler, weighed in.

Oregon economy improving, may trigger 'kicker' rebates

A swelling state treasury is on the verge of triggering "kicker" rebates for Oregon taxpayers; as state raised its revenue forecast Wednesday; find a link to the full report here and reactions offered by the governor and lawmakers

Teachers spending own money for supplies

Teachers spend own money for supplies

If you have kids, you've probably felt that dent in your wallet recently. Studies show on average, families will spend $100 per student on school supplies this year. What you may not realize is, your student's teacher may be spending even more.

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Court: Group can't appeal Ore. marriage ruling

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed the National Organization for Marriage's effort to appeal an Oregon court ruling that allows same sex marriage.

Lone person at Michael Brown memorial

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Police pull out of Ferguson as tensions ease

Police are scaling back their presence in Ferguson, Missouri. But that doesn't mean their jobs are done.

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White House: Shutdown prospect won't stop immigration action

President Barack Obama won't forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another government shutdown, the White House said Wednesday.

Girl kills gun instructor

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No charges after girl, 9, kills gun instructor

A shooting instructor is dead, the victim of a gun-range accident. A 9-year-old girl is surely traumatized. And plenty of people, including many gun enthusiasts, are asking: Why give a child a submachine gun to shoot?

The deadly incident occurred Mond...

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Timber co. donors boost Richardson campaign

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Large contributions from timber company executives helped state Rep. Dennis Richardson improve his fundraising in recent weeks.

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Redmond-area stolen-car chase leads to arrest

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A car stolen in Bend on Monday was spotted in Redmond Tuesday afternoon but the driver refused to pull over, sparking an…

Sunriver owners OK Deschutes River boat ramp

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A proposal to construct a boat ramp on the Deschutes River in Sunriver was approved by 86 percent of members of the Sunriver…

Service dog law has loopholes

Service dog loopholes

NewsChannel 21's Katie Higgins investigates how some people are cheating the system of service dogs.

Madras 'drug summit' plans spark controversy

Sheriff s Association sponsors marijuana talks

What was meant to be an educational conference on marijuana, alcohol and other drugs in Madras in turning into a big…

Foam blobs spark curiosity in SE Bend lot

Foam blobs spark curiosity in SE Bend

A mysterious sight Tuesday morning in a vacant lot in southeast Bend prompted some calls into the NewsChannel 21 newsroom.…

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No Oregon ballot measures get GOP support

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Republican Party is not recommending a "yes" vote on any of the seven measures on the ballot…

Madras 'drug summit' plans spark controversy

Sheriff s Association sponsors marijuana talks

What was meant to be an educational conference on marijuana, alcohol and other drugs in Madras in turning into a big…

Bend-area home-prices jump 8th-fastest in nation

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Bend-area (Deschutes County) home prices continue to rise at a pace that puts the area in the top 10 of the nation, up 14…

Should school start later so teens get more sleep?

Doctors principal react to late school start times

High schoolers: How would you like to sleep in and start school a little later every morning? Now some doctors are…

7 companies that keep more than $50B offshore

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Politicians are up in arms over the growing wave of U.S. corporations hooking up with foreign companies as a way to lower…

Top employees to see big bonuses this year and next

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Are you a superstar on the job, exceeding all of your company's goals? Good news: You're likely to get a boffo bonus for…

Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

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Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage…

Police pull out of Ferguson as tensions ease

Lone person at Michael Brown memorial

Police are scaling back their presence in Ferguson, Missouri. But that doesn't mean their jobs are done.

White House: Shutdown prospect won't stop immigration action

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President Barack Obama won't forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another…

Claim: New American killed fighting in Syria

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Dozens of Americans have been among the thousands of foreigners who flocked to Syria to take part in its bloody, messy…

Surf's up -- way up -- in Southern California

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Smashing!

That pretty much sums up the waves coming to Southern California this week. And depending on whom you ask --…

'Cops' crew member killed in police shooting

A crew member working on a taping of "Cops" was inadvertently shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha…

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As campaigns heat up, what to make of the ads?

Finding the facts amid campaign ads

With election season right around the corner, already in full swing are those political ads -- and sometimes the special…

Timber co. donors boost Richardson campaign

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Large contributions from timber company executives helped state Rep. Dennis Richardson improve his…

No Oregon ballot measures get GOP support

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Republican Party is not recommending a "yes" vote on any of the seven measures on the ballot…

Madras 'drug summit' plans spark controversy

Sheriff s Association sponsors marijuana talks

What was meant to be an educational conference on marijuana, alcohol and other drugs in Madras in turning into a big…

Recall fails over medical marijuana dispensaries

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GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) — Four city councilors in the Jackson County city of Gold Hill have survived a recall vote over…

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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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7 companies that keep more than $50B offshore

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Politicians are up in arms over the growing wave of U.S. corporations hooking up with foreign companies as a way to lower…

Top employees to see big bonuses this year and next

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Are you a superstar on the job, exceeding all of your company's goals? Good news: You're likely to get a boffo bonus for…

Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage…

Cooler raises $10.7 million -- a Kickstarter record

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It's official: The Coolest Cooler is living up to its name.

With nearly 50,000 Kickstarter backers pledging over $10.7…

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Mitt Romney's 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario

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Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb…

151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero

Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

More than 151 years after his heroic service at Gettysburg during the Civil War, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the…

First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow

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Rep. Paul Ryan's first solo book sold 6,266 copies in its first week of publication, according to Nielsen Bookscan data…

New French government announced

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A new French government was announced Tuesday, one day after it dissolved amid turmoil among top ministers.

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'Living Well with Diabetes' classes offered

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Do you or someone you know, live with diabetes or pre-diabetes?  Does their diabetes affect their daily life? Workshops to…

Lawsuit challenges FIFA concussion rules

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A group of current and former soccer players has filed a lawsuit against FIFA, claiming soccer's world governing body isn't…

Ebola outbreak: 'Even worse than I'd feared'

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"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said…

Mosaic Medical names chief operating officer

After an extensive nationwide search, Mosaic Medical has named Allison McCormick as Chief Operating Officer for the…

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Avoid the 'back-to-school plague'

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On average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the CDC.…

Founder of University of Phoenix, 93, dies

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The founder of the University of Phoenix, Dr. John G. Sperling, has died, according to a statement posted on the Apollo…

10 areas with the highest private school enrollment

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Wealthy, educated Catholics are more likely to send their kids to private schools. This is according to a new study…

Healthy school lunches face tough taste test

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Students in Gainesville, Georgia, are likely eating a better lunch than you today.

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Apple may unveil iWatch on September 9 -- report

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Tick-tock! Clear up some space on your wrist. It might finally be iWatch time on September 9.

Influential tech new site Re/…

Solar system surrounded by a big gas bubble

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Ever feel like you live in a bubble?

You do. We all do.

Our whole solar system appears to, say space scientists, who…

TiVo goes after cord-cutters with new device

Roamio TiVo

Did you cut your cable but miss recording your favorite shows? TiVo might have the answer.

HP recalls 6 million computer cords for fire risk

HP recalls computer cords

HP is warning customers: Check your laptop charging cord to see if it's at risk of overheating.

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Mexico puts out the welcome mat for Big Oil

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Mexico's landmark energy reform -- so long in the making -- is starting to take shape.

On Monday, President Enrique Pena…

Gulf 'dead zone' is the size of Connecticut

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The Gulf of Mexico has a "dead zone" the size of the state of Connecticut.

General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases

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The maker of Cheerios says climate change isn't just bad for humanity, it's bad for business.

So General Mills has unveiled…

WH: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

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If lawmakers delay taking action now on climate change it could cost taxpayers exponentially more in the future to deal with…

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Southern Cal suspends Shaw

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Southern Cal starting cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely Wednesday after he acknowledged that he lied about how…

Lawsuit challenges FIFA concussion rules

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A group of current and former soccer players has filed a lawsuit against FIFA, claiming soccer's world governing body isn't…

Browns WR Gordon suspended one year

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's…

Clippers, Rivers agree to contract extension

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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season.

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Police recover stolen dog in drug, weapons bust

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It wasn't a typical stolen goods recovery for police.

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Pit bull shot by arrow

A pit bull in Utah is recovering after being shot in the abdomen by an arrow and is lucky to be alive.

Cat survives 9-story fall from apartment building

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If it's true that cats have nine lives, this cat just used all nine -- one for every story he fell after slipping of an…

Springfield police shooting of dog sparks protest

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — The police shooting of a dog drew more than 30 protesters to the Springfield Police Department.

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GM's compensation fund gets 100th death claim

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General Motors executives have said the company would "do the right thing" for victims of its massive recall, and so far,…

Highway with the top speed limit is ...

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As America gets ready to head out on the highway next weekend for Labor Day, it might be a good thing to remember those…

Honda changes Fit bumpers after crash tests

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Honda is going to change the front bumpers on 12,000 Honda Fit subcompact cars so that they match those on a car that just…

New Corvette lets you spy on garage valets

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When you hand over your Chevrolet Corvette keys to a parking garage valet, you might worry that those guys will be tempted…

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'Cops' crew member killed in police shooting

A crew member working on a taping of "Cops" was inadvertently shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha…

How Chelsea Handler said goodbye

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Chelsea Handler has made a clean break from E!. Or at least we assume it was clean, since Handler's final "Chelsea Lately"…

IRS hits Vanessa Williams with big tax lien

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The IRS filed a tax lien against Vanessa Williams, saying the singer-actress owes the federal government $369,249 for her…

Miley Cyrus' 'homeless' VMA date faces arrest

The young man Miley Cyrus chose to represent homeless youths at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday faces arrest in Oregon…

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Movie star siblings

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Sometimes talent runs in the family. Take a look at some movie star siblings here.

Actors who make us laugh

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As Melissa McCarthy celebrates her birthday, take a look at some of the best comedy actors and actresses of all time.

Famous fathers who raised famous children

Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus

As Billy Ray Cyrus celebrates his birthday, take a look at other celebrity dads who raised equally famous kids.

'If I Stay' new awakening for Chloë Grace Moretz

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Acclaimed actress Chloë Grace Moretz talks about tackling yet another movie genre with her role in the teen drama "If I…

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Thousands of wasps found nesting on bed

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A pest control officer says he responded to a call of a wasp infestation in a home that was "like the horror film 'Birds'…

Brazilian man declared dead wakes up in body bag

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The family of a Brazilian man who was pronounced dead by doctors was shocked to learn that he was actually alive and…

Family angry after airline 'loses' elderly mother

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A woman is upset after she says that Southwest Airlines failed to keep track of her 85-year-old mother, leaving her…

World's most expensive hot dog costs $169

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You could buy a lot with $169 -- including the world's most expensive hot dog.

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A chocoholic's tour of Zurich

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"I just love it when I get milk-to-dark converts," says Kerrin Rousset, as she prepares to lead a small cocoa-hungry crowd…

Airplane scuffle spurs Knee Defender sales

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A passenger scuffle at 35,000 feet is keeping a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur busy.

Flight diverted over man's 'Knee Defender'

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A United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver is diverted after a fight over a device called a "Knee Defender."

American, US Air sever ties with Orbitz

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The nation's largest airline is cutting ties with online booking agent Orbitz.

American Airlines and US Airways, which…

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New York City aims to slim down Happy Meals

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New York City wants to put the Happy Meal on a diet.

Twinkie bakery to close, putting 400 out of work

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Just 13 months after Twinkies made their celebrated comeback to store shelves, one of the four bakeries that make the…

Eat your selfie on a Middleton marshmallow

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Move over Kate Middleton! Younger brother James Middleton is stealing the spotlight with his candy business that prints…

'Pink slime' is back and headed for your burger

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The maker of the beef filler dubbed "pink slime" by critics is reopening a plant that it shut in the face of bad publicity…

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Massive smoke cloud from Willamette NF wildfire

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After a fairly calm few weeks on the wildfire front for Central Oregon, thousands of residents were alarmed to see a massive cloud of smoke blowing into the region late Wednesday -- but as it turns out, it was from the Deception Fire burning fiercely about 70 miles to the southwest on the Willamette National Forest.

Oregon hunters warned: Beware of fire danger

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With wildfire danger still high and hunting season looming (deer and elk archery seasons kick off Saturday, the message from state forestry officials is clear: “Be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Oregon wildfire season fading? Not so fast

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Dry lightning potential may fade as fall approaches, but human-caused fires still threaten as dry conditions continue over much of Oregon, the state Department of Forestry warned Monday.

Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes

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WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses.

Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

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SEATTLE (AP) — As wildfires burn hundreds of homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house survives or burns to the ground.

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Fishing methods for using artificial lures

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When fishing with artificial lures, take a look at some fishing methods that can help you succeed on your next fishing trip.

How to plan a successful canoe trip

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Going on a canoe trip can be a great summer getaway. Before you head out take a look at these tips for a successful trip.

Tips for biking to work

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Biking to work is a great way to get to work, benefit the environment, and get you outside before you start your work day.

How to prevent overheating while rock climbing in the summer

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Rock climbing can be a great summer activity. Follow these tips to make sure you stay hydrated during your climb.

How to shave strokes off your golf game

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Recreational golfers have the option of switching to better equipment to better their golf score.

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Back to school: Develop good dental hygiene

Make sure your kids are following proper dental hygiene to reduce their risk of oral infection.

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To fight childhood obesity it's important for kids to be involved in sports. But occasionally, kids might lose interest and want to quit. See tips here on how to keep your kids in sports.

Back to school: Healthy lunch line, after-school snacks

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As kids prepare to head back to school, take a look at some healthy snack options.

Nutrition for kids: Guidelines for a healthy diet

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Find out what foods you should be feeding your kids, as well as what nutrients -- and what amounts -- kids should be getting at various ages.

Stay safe in sun by knowing the best sunscreen options

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To keep your family safe in the sun this summer take a look at these tips from the experts on how to properly use sunscreen.

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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

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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

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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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