Veterans blame planes used to spray Agent Orange for illnesses

WASHINGTON — Nearly three dozen rugged C-123 transport planes formed the backbone of the U.S. military’s campaign to spray Agent Orange over jungles hiding enemy soldiers during the Vietnam War. And many of the troops who served in the conflict were compensated for diseases associated with their exposure to the toxic defoliant.

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or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Gets A Power Bump From ‘Late Model Racecraft’: Video

A Houston, Texas-based tuning and racing company named “Late Model Racecraft” has made a kit for the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 which boosts RWHP on their test car past 700. The company claims that they are the first aftermarket tuner to do so, and we have no reason to disbelieve it.

The YouTube video below shows a dynamometer run, where the computer prints a (ludicrous, ungodly) figure of 743 HP to the screen. Assuming a very low, 10 percent driveline loss, that would mean about 826 HP at the crank. The Z06 has been fitted with the company’s Stage II Kit, but details as to what that encompasses are nil.

And looking at the company’s website, it doesn’t seem as though they’ve begun offering any kits for the Corvette C7 for sale, let alone the supercharged Z06 model. Nevertheless, this dyno run is absolutely all sorts of exciting, not only

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Cadillac Launches New CTS ‘Bold’ Edition For Middle East

Cadillac has launched the new CTS ‘Bold’ in the Middle East, a limited-edition trim level that “perfectly caters to luxury car enthusiasts,” in the region, the automaker says.

The CTS Bold is differentiated from standard models by a large red ‘B’ badge on the rear driver’s side of the car.  It’s not entirely clear what the remaining changes consist of, with Felix Weller, Cadillac Middle East director of sales and marketing, only saying customers will be able to “reap significant benefits from its enhanced equipment and agile driving dynamics.”

The Bold trim-level for the CTS is available on all 2014 CTS models and the base-level 2015 CTS with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Pricing and a full options list for Bold editions has yet to be announced.

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List of vehicles involved in General Motors 2014 recall

DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.

According to GM, the recalls cover:

414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. In these vehicles, the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out. If the bolt falls out, the seat

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This 1987 Buick Regal Dragster Is The Fastest NHRA Super Stocker Ever, And It’s For Sale

This may sound like somewhat of a cliché around here– probably because we love to feature weird, rare cars– but this is something you definitively don’t see everyday.

Yes folks, you’re looking at a bona fide drag car, more specifically the fastest NHRA Super Stocker ever built. Yeeah.

Built and tuned by legendary engine builder Kenny Duttweiler, this insane 1987 Buick Regal uses a twin-turbo 209ci V6 to produce a monumental 1,292 hp and 872 lb-ft of torque– that’s twice the horsepower of a new Z06 under your right foot. Holy *insert expletive* is right.

The listing also claims it’s the only Super Stocker ever to run in the 7’s, having performed an NHRA certified 7.98 at 167.4 MPH on May 1, 2003. And that’s not even the NHRA record, which it also holds.

The record pass was set on May 17, 2004, with a staggering 7.81 second run

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V8 Supercars Holden Sandman Outfitted To Promote Cancer Awareness

The iconic V8 Supercars Holden Sandman has a new graphics scheme for this month, as men’s cancer awareness charity, Blue September, takes over the vehicle, according to GoAuto.

Blue September is a charity to raise awareness for testicular cancer, a front often overlooked. V8 Supercars has decided to make the message loud and clear with the Sandman’s 637 hp V8, allowing the one-off Commodore to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.

The campaign has a goal to raise $400,000 AUD to fund early diagnosis equipment for the Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

V8 Supercar builder, Triple Eight, and automotive retailer Autobarn will kicked off the month with the car’s unveiling at Autobarn Logan City in Queensland where Blue September campaign director Mike Chapman explained “the importance of educating young Aussie men about the early signs of testicular cancer, whilst breaking down current stigmas around men

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1969 C3 Corvette GT-1 It A Turn Key Racer: eBay Find

It’s unlikely you’ll be able to own your own C7.R any time soon, so why not go back in time with a storied SCCA racer?

eBay has listed this 1969 C3 Corvette GT-1 for auction after it received the attention it needs in restoration and a fresh 350 cubic-inch small block V8. Paired to the small-block V8 is a Muncie M22 transmission for shifting duties and other racing bits to create a true race experience.

Along with the sale come vintage photos of the 1969 C3 Corvette GT-1 and a logbook with tech stamps.

The seller lists the buy it now price at $69,000, which seems reasonable for the amount of fun the future owner will have whipping this turn-key racer about.

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1959 C1 Corvette ‘Purple People Eater’ Comes With A Stored Racing History

Quite a few prominent vehicles from motorsports history have been lost in the shuffle through the years but, when the right person recognizes its significance, it can make for quite the comeback story.

That’s the case with the 1959 C1 Corvette “Purple People Eater.” The 1959 Corvette secured the SCCA National Championship that same year, with driver Jim Jeffords behind the wheel. Nickey Chevrolet campaigned the vehicle and, in order to allow the Corvette to stand out from the competition, the car was painted the eye-catching purple hue.

The 1959 Corvette campaigned with the 290 hp 283 cubic-inch V8, paired to a four-speed manual transmission before it was sold into obscurity after 1961.

But, in 1974, Carlisle Events promoter Chip Miller, purchased the car at a swap meet for merely $800, unaware of its racing significance. It quickly became clear how special the car was, and the Corvette was

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