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Italy earthquake leaves 247 dead; towns ruined

[Breaking news update, posted at 12:30 a.m. ET on August 25]

At least 247 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday, according to Italy's Civil Protection Department.

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More Homes Lost to Chimney Fire in SLO County

48 homes, 20 buildings destroyed, hundreds more threatened.

Bar Fire Burning Near Refugio Canyon Stopped at 20 Acres

A 20-acre brush fire has been reported near Refugio Canyon and U.S. Highway 101 Wednesday afternoon.

$10 Million Expansion Project Breaks Ground at DANA Cultural Center

A $10 million expansion project that will add several new educational features to the DANA Cultural Center in Nipomo is officially underway after a ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning.

Rey Fire Crews Depends on Incident Meteorologist's Forecast

Dozer crews built lines on East Camino Cielo to box the Rey Fire in.

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens In Goleta

A new grocery store just opened up in Goleta. Sprouts Farmers Market opened its doors at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Rey Fire Concerns Focus on Water Resources

Rey Fire Plan Protects Portions of the Backcountry Watershed

The  Rey fire has grown to 31,255 acres but it is also now at 35% containment with most of the active fire in the north east side of the fire zone above the Cachuma Lake and the Gibraltar Reservoir watershed.

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Firefighters Wrap Buildings In Foil For Protection

Santa Barbara County firefighters used foil to protect structures that may be in the path of the Rey fire.

Jane Laut sentenced to 50 plus years for Olymians death

Jane Laut Gets 50 Years To Life For Murder Of Olympic Medalist Husband

Saturday will mark the 7th anniversary of the shooting death of Dave Laut.

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Santa Barbara County

Bar Fire Burning Near Refugio Canyon Stopped at 20 Acres

A 20-acre brush fire has been reported near Refugio Canyon and U.S. Highway 101…

Rey Fire Crews Depends on Incident Meteorologist's Forecast

Dozer crews built lines on East Camino Cielo to box the Rey Fire in.

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens In Goleta

A new grocery store just opened up in Goleta. Sprouts Farmers Market opened its…

Rey Fire Concerns Focus on Water Resources

Rey Fire Plan Protects Portions of the Backcountry Watershed

The  Rey fire has grown to 31,255 acres but it is also now at 35% containment with…

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San Luis Obispo County

More Homes Lost to Chimney Fire in SLO County

48 homes, 20 buildings destroyed, hundreds more threatened.

Chimney Fire in SLO County Grows to 41,675 Acres, 39% Containment

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$10 Million Expansion Project Breaks Ground at DANA Cultural Center

A $10 million expansion project that will add several new educational features to…

Chimney Fire in SLO County Slows Rapid Growth

Favorable conditions keeps spread to less than a thousand acres Tuesday.

South Shore burned from Chimney Fire

Chimney Fire Destroys Another Community Near Lake Nacimiento

We visited South Shore Village last week. That's where we met Jeff Hermes who had…

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Ventura County

Jane Laut sentenced to 50 plus years for Olymians death

Jane Laut Gets 50 Years To Life For Murder Of Olympic Medalist Husband

Saturday will mark the 7th anniversary of the shooting death of Dave Laut.

805 Getting An Additional Area Code

805 Getting An Additional Area Code

In an estimated two years the area from Ventura County to San Luis Obispo County…

Brooks Institute Has Final Class School Permanently Closed

Ventura Says Brooks Institute Owes It $60,000

Brooks Institute was in the process of moving its campus to Ventura’s downtown area…

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Oxnard Resident Jane Laut Sentenced to 50-Years-to-Life in Prison For Murdering Husband

Jane Laut, the 59-year-old Oxnard resident convicted of murdering her husband in…

Tips for Back-to-School Safety From Ventura County Sheriff's Office

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has some helpful tips for motorists, students,…

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Jane Laut sentenced to 50 plus years for Olymians death

Jane Laut Gets 50 Years To Life For Murder Of Olympic Medalist Husband

Saturday will mark the 7th anniversary of the shooting death of Dave Laut.

Dons Football Looking to Continue Upward Trend

Dons Football Looking to Take Next Step Under JT Stone

For several games last year, the Santa Barbara Dons had the look of a playoff team.…

Olympian Karlos Balderas Returns Home to Santa Maria

Olympic boxer Karlos Balderas is given a hero's welcome at the airport by a huge…

Olympian Carlos Balderas Set to Return to Santa Maria

Olympic Boxer Carlos Balderas is scheduled to fly into his hometown of Santa Maria…

Bishop Diego Expects to Soar Again in 2016

Bishop Diego Football has had Five Fabulous Seasons in a Row

Winning double-digit games in a high school football season is tough. Doing it for…

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Jane Laut sentenced to 50 plus years for Olymians death

Jane Laut Gets 50 Years To Life For Murder Of Olympic Medalist Husband

Saturday will mark the 7th anniversary of the shooting death of Dave Laut.

Robbery suspects caught at gunpoint on San Marcos Pass

At Gunpoint Three Robbery Suspects are Arrested on San Marcos Pass

Three suspects have been arrested at gunpoint on State Highway 154 after allegedly…

Morro Bay Police Identify Couple in Murder-Suicide Investigation

UPDATE: The Morro Bay Police Department has identified the victim and suspect in a…

Santa Maria Man Arrested for Drugs, Illegal Weapons

A Santa Maria man is under arrest, charged with possessing and selling drugs.…

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies Violently Attacked During Arrest

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies have been released from the hospital…

Atascadero Woman Arrested For Animal Cruelty

Atascadero resident Suzanne Sollenne was arrested on Thursday and now faces felony…

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Mesa Fest 2016

Mesa Festival 2016 Brings Community Businesses, Residents, and Leaders Together.

The Santa Barbara Mesa Neighborhood paused for a celebration Sunday.  Residents in…

Tips for Back-to-School Safety From Ventura County Sheriff's Office

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has some helpful tips for motorists, students,…

Air Quality Around Chimney and Rey Fire A Concern

The Chimney Fire continues to burn and as it does thick black smoke continues to…

Red Cross Opens Evacuation Shelters for Those Affected by Rey Fire

The American Red Cross has opened two evacuation shelters for everyone affected by…

Lompoc Suspicious Device Deemed Safe, Determined to be Softball Pitching Training Device

Lompoc city streets were reopened and residents were allowed to return to their…

Direct Relief send medical supplies requested in Louisiana

Direct Relief Sending Supplies To Louisiana

Direct Relief has offered assistance to about 40 Louisiana health centers and…

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Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets

The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced…

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Firefighter describes life after historic face transplant

Patrick Hardison can now drive his children to school in the morning. He can swim…

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Maternal deaths down globally, up in US

The good news is that maternal mortality rates are declining worldwide. The bad…

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Virus hunters in search of the next outbreak

It is a slow and cumbersome descent hindered by head-to-toe protective suits. A…

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Environment Headlines

Mutual Aid Brings Relief to Rey Fire Crews

National Incident Management Team One will take command of Rey Fire operations.

Direct Relief send medical supplies requested in Louisiana

Direct Relief Sending Supplies To Louisiana

Direct Relief has offered assistance to about 40 Louisiana health centers and…

Ocean Futures Society's Odyssea 3D Documentary In The Work

Ocean Futures Society's "Odyssea 3D" Documentary In The Works

In a sea of commercial film releases these days, "Odyssea 3D" stands out for its…

Carpinteria Bridge Replacements Could Put Freeway Widening in the Fast Lane

Plans to widen Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Montecito are on the drawing board…

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