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Cuyama Solar Farm Powers Ahead

Santa Barbara County is staking a claim to solar power energy on the Central Coast.

Max s Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

Max's Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years in Santa Barbara with a Week of Deals

Max's restaurant and cucina has served up heaping portions of local food and service for 30 years in Santa Barbara and this week customers are getting even more during a special celebration.

Santa Barbara Named As One Of America's Top Small Cities

The website "Conde Nast Traveler" has ranked Santa Barbara the sixth best small city in America.

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Team Joseph to Participate in SLO Triathlon

Cal poly students in engineering and kinesiology invented the Aquabullet, a flotation device that will allow  20-year-old Joseph Cornelius from Los Osos to  race alongside 1,000 other individuals and teams on July 27 in the San Luis Obispo Triathlon.

No More Fines for Brown Lawns in California

If you're neglecting your front lawn during the drought, there's no need to worry over fines from city code enforcement or homeowners associations.

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Santa Maria Dogs Get Spayed and Neutered for $10

The price to have an animal spayed or neutered at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society ranges from $60 to $200, depending on the size of the pet.

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Some buyers want 'time-capsule houses'

In today's housing market, still struggling to rebound, homes stuck in another century might seem like they'd be difficult to sell. But some buyers are interested in "time-capsule houses" -- especially those built in the middle of the 20th century.

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Hot diggity dog! It's National Hot Dog Day

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

Section 8 Shortage Amid Growing Demand

The Section 8 program provides federal subsidized housing, up to two-thirds of monthly rent, for lower income and special needs people who qualify.

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Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now trying to change a county ordinance on aggressive dogs. The family has an online petition spreading their message on the internet in an effort to get the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's attention.

Peggy Henning remembers the day her family welcomed Daisy and Duke into their family like it was yesterday.

"They immediately just became part of the family," said Henning. "They were very friendly with all the guests we had coming over."

But things changed when Daisy and Duke got loose. They liked chasing cats.

"Dogs are pack animals and that is their default instinct," said Henning. "If they are bonded or litter mates, it intensifies that. They would get out of the confines of our house or yard and this instinct would come to the surface."

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An optimist's guide to travel bargains

Just as every bull market has a bear, every tourist destination has a flip side, a season when prices go down and savvy, flexible travelers can score big savings. Especially those who are good at spotting silver linings.

XL Love How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life

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'XL Love': How fat is affecting our sex lives

When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw numbers: Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 35.1 percent of those people are obese. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity were as high as $147 billion, and an obese person's annual medical bill was $1,429 higher than that of a normal-weight person.

Entertainment Headlines

Fiesta Joins Forces With Music Academy To Honor Opera Legend

Fiesta Joins Forces With Music Academy To Honor Opera Legend

Music Academy of the West and Old Spanish Days are celebrating Marilyn Horne as "…

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'Weird Al' Yankovic hits No. 1

It's "Mandatory": "Weird Al" Yankovic is Number One.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer sees 'Red'

"Fifty Shades of Grey's" infamous "Red Room" has arrived. The first trailer for the…

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Colbert 'Late Show' staying in New York

The host of CBS' "Late Show" may be changing, but the location is staying the same.

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'Pristine' original Superman comic up for auction

Superman's debut comic book sold for just 10 cents in 1938. But today, a rare…

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More 'Iron Man'? Sounds good, Downey says

Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.

Travel Headlines

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World unrest raises travel tension

It's been a tension-filled week for travelers used to flying safely around the world.…

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Air Algerie says plane likely crashed in Mali

An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board which dropped off the radar…

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Minn. man kicked off flight over tweet

A Minnesota man claims he and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines…

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Drunk passenger mistakes plane door for bathroom door

A man who had been drinking vodka and beer to steady his nerves while on his first…

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Paris hotels experiment with 'honesty rates'

When your city has an unenviable reputation for insulting tourists and fleecing them…

World's Best Bookstore

World's coolest bookstores

Someday there may be a generation of kids who think bookstores are fictional…

Technology Headlines

Robot furniture that builds itself

Robot furniture that builds itself

Imagine that the chair you're sitting on became a sofa on demand as the day moved…

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Facebook at all-time high on mobile might

It wasn't long ago that Facebook was widely seen as having a "mobile problem."…

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Only 3 in 10 Twitter workers are women

Twitter's staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male…

Automotive Headlines

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GM to pay victims at least $400 million

General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate…

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GM recalls 718,000 more vehicles

In a year clogged with a record number of recalls, General Motors had gone three…

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Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeeps

Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems.…

Pet Headlines

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Santa Maria Dogs Get Spayed and Neutered for $10

The price to have an animal spayed or neutered at the Santa Maria Valley Humane…

Dog guards dying friend

Dog who guarded dying friend needs a home

A dog who's captured the hearts of many for guarding his dying friend now needs a…

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Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now…

House and Home Headlines

No More Fines for Brown Lawns in California

If you're neglecting your front lawn during the drought, there's no need to worry…

Time-capsule home

Some buyers want 'time-capsule houses'

In today's housing market, still struggling to rebound, homes stuck in another…

Section 8 Shortage Amid Growing Demand

The Section 8 program provides federal subsidized housing, up to two-thirds of…

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