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Crews tackle more small lightning-sparked fires

The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

Fire burns near Crater Lake

Small wildfire ignites near Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park sees its fair share of wildfires every year, but a 25-acre blaze being fought Tuesday is one of its earliest.

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Redmond RV park residents react to DEQ fine

The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic system that is discharging untreated or partially treated sewage onto the ground.

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Two Bend raids turn up pricey stolen bikes

Two men have been arrested during a pair of raids over the past week that led to the recovery of at least a half-dozen stolen high-end bicycles, officers said Tuesday; over 180 bikes have been reported stolen in Bend this year alone.

Hotels booked for weekend

Central Oregon hotels booked for big weekend

It is close to impossible to find a hotel room in Bend because of two major events. This weekend is the Deschutes County Fair and the Bend Premier Soccer Cup.

A new kind of paramedic

Redmond paramedic's focus: preventative care

A new program launched by Redmond Fire and Rescue aims to reduce emergency rooms visits of vulnerable patients. Paramedics usually rush patients to the ER -- this "community paramedic" has the opposite goal - to keep folks healthy and at home.

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Redmond PD plans DUII crackdown during fair

Redmond police will be adding patrols during the Deschutes County Fair to target drunk drivers, officers said Tuesday.

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Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

U.S. Capitol

Walden, House vote for Species Act reforms

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act, which supporter Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said would make "common-sense reforms" to the Endangered Species Act.

Beit Hanoun damage, Gaza

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'Humanitarian window' underway in Gaza

The Israeli military has authorized a four-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza, but it will not apply to the areas in which soldiers are operating, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Oregon says an Ashland-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement entered Monday.

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Redmond RV park residents react to DEQ fine

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The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic…

Bend driver, 16, charged in Hwy. 20W rollover crash

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A distracted teen driver with a suspended license swerved to avoid a crash on Highway 20 west of Bend Monday night, causing…

Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Roadside fire caught small, carries big message

Old Bend-Redmond Hwy Fire

A small fire, sparked in an unusual way, was stopped fast along the Old Bend-Redmond Highway on Monday, prompting fire…

Teen bikes cross-country; now he'll run home

Kid cycles now running across country for obscure syndrome

From Maryland to Bend. Kevin Payne's path around the U.S. takes about 9,000 miles.  In Bend on Monday night, he was…

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Why is U.S. Marine still in Mexican jail?

Andrew Tahmooressi

A U.S. Marine Corps reservist held in a Mexican prison for more than three months on a weapons charge could have been…

Bend driver, 16, charged in Hwy. 20W rollover crash

Police lights night (generic)

A distracted teen driver with a suspended license swerved to avoid a crash on Highway 20 west of Bend Monday night, causing…

Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Bend man told: Return extra state jobless pay

State overpays Bend man

Tyler Smith has a job, recently graduated school, and was recently receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Oregon…

U.S. economy bounces back sharply

Dollar Sign

What a relief. The deep economic contraction earlier this year was temporary after all.

New data released Wednesday show the…

'Humanitarian window' underway in Gaza

Beit Hanoun damage, Gaza

The Israeli military has authorized a four-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza, but it will not apply to the areas in which…

What will MH17 investigators find at site?

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Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile, the…

North Korea fires projectiles

North Korea, South Korea

North Korea fired four projectiles on Wednesday morning toward the Sea of Japan, an official with the South Korean Defense…

US, Europe and Russia face off over Ukraine

Donetsk, Ukraine damage

There are echoes of the Cold War as pro-Russian rebels battle Ukrainian government forces in the nation's east.

Water main break floods UCLA, Sunset Blvd.

Water main breaks at UCLA

Streets turned into rivers and parts of UCLA turned into lakes after a massive water main break sent 8 to 10 million gallons…

Landslides trap 150 people or more in India

India landslide

Landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains may have trapped 150 people or more in a village in western India, a senior…

WH mulls steps on immigration it can take on its own

Immigration reform supporters

As Congress wrestles with legislation aimed at easing the southern border crisis, the White House is considering steps…

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High time for legal pot? Oregonians to vote

Oregon vote Legal pot or not

At The Medication Station in Bend, Ryan Garcia has been selling cannabis to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients for…

GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's official: an initiative to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon has…

Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Left sees way to get past Oregon Senate roadblock

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmentalists, gun-control advocates and others on the left have repeatedly been thwarted by…

GOP abandons Oregon candidate with criminal record

REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) — Republican leaders in Oregon have abandoned a legislative candidate after learning he served eight…

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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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U.S. economy bounces back sharply

Dollar Sign

What a relief. The deep economic contraction earlier this year was temporary after all.

New data released Wednesday show the…

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

New York Stock Exchange trader

It's all about the U.S. economy.

McDonald's unveils tofu and fish nuggets in Japan

Tofu Shinjo McNuggets

If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have…

Sick leave policies pick up steam

Sick, ill

Biviana Lagunas must skip class or her part-time job when her 4-year-old germ-magnet brother Derik is running a fever,…

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US, Europe and Russia face off over Ukraine

Donetsk, Ukraine damage

There are echoes of the Cold War as pro-Russian rebels battle Ukrainian government forces in the nation's east.

WH mulls steps on immigration it can take on its own

Immigration reform supporters

As Congress wrestles with legislation aimed at easing the southern border crisis, the White House is considering steps…

Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline

US Capitol 2

Alert: last-minute plot twist on a national issue that may involve your commute.

Bergdahl to be questioned soon about capture

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could meet next week with the general who's looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was…

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Redmond RV park residents react to DEQ fine

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The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic…

Redmond paramedic's focus: preventative care

A new kind of paramedic

A new program launched by Redmond Fire and Rescue aims to reduce emergency rooms visits of vulnerable patients. Paramedics…

Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

Ebola virus in black and white

A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease,…

State looks at regulating insurer doctor networks

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon insurance regulators are seeking authority to require that private health insurers have enough…

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Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Northwestern University

Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their…

Expelled lesbian accepted at another school

Christian Minard

An honor-roll student who was expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma after she married another woman is…

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

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

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Digital Duomo: Florence by smartphone

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Is it possible to survive in Florence, Italy, and see it properly armed just a smartphone?

Amazon launches 3-D printing store

Amazon 3-D printing store

The future of retail: manufactured by a 3-D printer, delivered by drone.

Gadget tests your drink for 'date rape' drugs

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"Date rape" drugs have met their high-tech match. A new electronic device and mobile app called pd.id (Personal Drink ID),…

Water balloon lovers pledge $645,000 on Kickstarter

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It's summertime and water balloon lovers are uniting ... on Kickstarter.

Bunch o Balloons -- a hose attachment that allows…

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General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases

General Mills

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

So General Mills has unveiled…

US aims to make oil transport safer

Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada train explosion

When a runaway train exploded in a Quebec town last year, the fireball killed 47, destroyed 40 buildings and sent thousands…

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…

Settlement reached in chemical spill

West Virginia residents line up for bottled water

A settlement was reached Friday with the company at the center of a January chemical leak that contaminated the water supply…

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ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith

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ESPN on Tuesday announced a one-week suspension for one of its most controversial commentators, Stephen A. Smith, in the…

FIFA asks Italy to investigate allegations of racism

Soccer Ball

FIFA has asked the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate alleged comments from the front runner to become its…

Serena Williams feeling fit after Wimbledon scare

Serena Williams sick at Wimbledon, Venus Williams

As Serena Williams prepares to return to action at the WTA's Stanford tournament, the 32-year-old says the commotion caused…

Wild's Fontaine signs two-year contract

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The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbitration hearing with Justin Fontaine and signed the forward to a two-year contract on…

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Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Hikers find dog lost in woods for 22 days

Madison lost found dog

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A dog that apparently wandered lost in the woods for 22 days has been reunited with her owners.

Dogs on vacation living in the lap of luxury

Diamond the dog

More and more animal lovers who aren't opposed to splurging on their furry friends are choosing overnight stays at…

Dog passes out with joy when owner returns

Happy dog passes out

A dog is so happy when its owner returns from two years in Europe that it passes out in joy.

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Chevy Volt is insurance group's Top Safety Pick

2011 Chevy Volt

What's the safest car on the road? It's the one that can avoid getting into a crash all together.

GM's most popular pickups recalled 6 times this year

Chevy Silverado

For owners of GM's most popular pickups, recalls have been almost a monthly occurrence this year.

Lyft gets the green light in New York City

Lyft

If you see a pink-mustachioed automobile or two zipping around the streets of New York City Friday, you're not imagining…

GM to pay victims at least $400 million

General Motors

General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of the faulty ignition switch tied…

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Celebs step into Israel-Gaza PR minefield

Zayn Malik

Celebs are using social media accounts, which are essential for building their show business brands, as political platforms…

'Die Hard' actor James Shigeta dies

James Shigeta

James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and…

Freddie Prinze Jr. slams 'unprofessional' Kiefer Sutherland

Freddie Prinze Jr

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland have very different memories of working together on "24."

'Mad Max: Fury Road' wheels into Comic-Con

Mad Max Fury Road

The trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road" is out, and it's gotten a 21st-century makeover. Where the 1979 film starred Mel…

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2015 Oscar contenders

Get on Up

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

Meet Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman is getting early Oscar buzz for his portrayal of James Brown in “Get on Up.” Learn more about the actor…

Philip Seymour Hoffman's final exit intrigues

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There are so many layers to “A Most Wanted Man,” but primary among them is that the movie would be Philip Seymour Hoffman's…

Scarlett Johansson through the years

Scarlett Johansson

As Scarlett Johansson stars in "Lucy" take a look at images of the actress throughout her career.

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Furniture made to look (and smell) like human skin

Skin chair and stool

Creepy or cool? A British artist has designed furniture that looks, feels and even smells like human skin.

Man uses bedsheets to escape from jail

Police lights file

A 22-year-old man made a short-lived escape from a Texas detention center Monday night.

Driver falls asleep, sparks fire in Oregon

Driver falls asleep, sparks fire

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel slammed into a utility pole and sparked a fire in Oregon.

Cops: Times Square Spider-Man punches officer

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A street performer dressed as Spider-Man is accused of punching a police officer in New York's Times Square over money for a…

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'Artbnb?' Village offers artists free accommodation

Genalguacil

As vacation deals go this one isn't bad. The beautiful southern Spanish village of Genalguacil is offering free…

Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline

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Alert: last-minute plot twist on a national issue that may involve your commute.

Delta to offer free entertainment on U.S. flights

Delta in-flight entertainment

Airlines aren't known for giving away services.

But Delta Air Lines says it will offer free movies, TV shows, music and…

How Uganda became a top tourist destination

Uganda, tour bus

Fifty years ago Uganda was the "Pearl of Africa," a newly independent republic with a thriving economy, a functioning…

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McDonald's unveils tofu and fish nuggets in Japan

Tofu Shinjo McNuggets

If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have…

Hot diggity dog! It's National Hot Dog Day

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Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.

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.

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Crews tackle more small lightning-sparked fires

Small fire above Tumalo Fells Jason Green

Jason Green

The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

Waterman Complex fire crew going to work

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For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

Progress on fire that threatened homes near Grants Pass

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk.

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Special Report Fires not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

How to fit carbs into your family's healthy diet

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Not all carbs are bad. Find out how to fit good carbs into your family's healthy diet.

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.

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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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