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1 rescued, 1 missing off Central California beach

GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers say two people were swept into the ocean on a beach in northern Santa Barbara County, and only one of them has been found. County fire Capt. David Sadecki tells […]


18-foot-long oarfish, found by instructor of the Catalina Island Marine Institute. (Photo credit: Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) and Catalina Sea Camp)

Parasites found in Calif. ‘sea serpent’ dissection

  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body. Scientists from the University of California, […]


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18 arrested, ton of pot seized in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Friday the 13th was certainly unlucky for some reputed drug smugglers. Authorities arrested 18 people and seized more than a ton of marijuana brought ashore by boat in Santa Barbara. […]


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Public’s help sought to ID Calif. serial killer

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Detectives want to know who worked on a Santa Barbara County strip mall construction project in 1979 as they seek to identify a serial killer suspected of murders and rapes […]


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Magnitude-4.8 quake shakes S. California coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7:38 a.m. Wednesday temblor was centered 3 miles west […]


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Firefighters gaining ground on California blazes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters raced the weather Wednesday morning as they struggled to corral a wildfire that blackened nearly 3 square miles of forest in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The fire […]


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4.6-magnitude quake shakes S. California coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 has rattled part of the Southern California coast. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7:38 a.m. Wednesday temblor was centered 3 miles […]


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Lull in winds aids fight against Southern California wildfires

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are taking advantage of a lull in winds to try to gain ground against a forest fire in mountains north of Santa Barbara. Elsewhere in Southern California, crews are […]


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Several thousand campers flee Santa Barbara wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — It may have been the last day of the trip anyway for some, but as many as 6,000 Memorial Day campers had to bolt when a wildfire in the California […]


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Fire starts, inmates rebel at Santa Barbara jail

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Santa Barbara County jail is on lockdown after inmates started a fire, refused to evacuate from their cells and taunted firefighters sent to put it out.


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Mountain lion found in Santa Barbara backyard

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion roaming a Santa Barbara neighborhood has put residents and an elementary school on alert while wildlife experts prepare to tranquilize the animal.


11 held, marijuana seized from boat near Gaviota

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Santa Barbara County authorities say 11 people have been arrested and 3,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized after a panga boat was tracked to the Gaviota coast.