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Hyundai and Kia lose $28M patent lawsuit

Automakers Hyundai and Kia lost a $28.9M patent infringement case

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Volkswagen scandal may cost up to $87 billion

Volkswagen's emissions scandal could be far more painful for investors than BP's disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Credit Suisse estimates that the total cost to the company could hit 78 billion euros ($87 billion) in a worst case scena...

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GM to test fleet of driverless Chevy Volts in 2016

General Motors will begin testing a fleet of driverless Chevy Volts at its sprawling Michigan campus next year.

GM made the announcement Thursday, and it's one of numerous initiatives it hopes will steer the auto giant away from the recall scandal tha...

Volkswagen produces Golf VI

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VW sold 3,060 diesels in US last month before scandal

Volkswagen sold 3,060 diesel cars in the U.S. last month until the 18th. That's when regulators told it to stop selling them entirely because it had been caught cheating on emissions tests.

Overall, VW's sales in September were flat compared to a year...


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Study: Driving while drugged as deadly as drunk

Driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is on the rise in the United States, and could be involved in a large number of fatal accidents, a new report finds.

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Prosecutor error: VW's former CEO not a suspect in diesel scandal

As if the Volkswagen scandal wasn't bad enough for Germany's reputation, state prosecutors admitted Thursday that they jumped the gun by announcing an investigation into the company's former CEO.


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Houston sues Volkswagen for polluting its air

Houston is suing Volkswagen for $100 million claiming its cars that evaded U.S. emission standards "spew dangerous chemicals" in the air surrounding the Texas city.

The Harris County attorney filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America on Wedn...

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Everything we know so far about the Apple Car

There's plenty of evidence that Apple is working on something car-related, even if Apple hasn't said anything publicly about it yet.

Since Apple is being typically tight-lipped about the project ( it declined to comment on "rumors and speculation"), i...

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UAW deal at Fiat Chrysler may be voted down

Union members at Fiat Chrysler may be about to reject the tentative deal the United Auto Workers leadership reached with the automaker earlier this month.

The four-year deal has been going through a factory-by-factory ratification process. While the U...

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Tesla delivers the first Model X SUVs

The first Tesla Model X SUVs have been delivered to six lucky customers.

Elon Musk handed over the keys Tuesday during an event near the automaker's factory in northern California. The CEO said that the new all-electric SUV has so many new features, t...

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Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over dad's death

Paul Walker's daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming the sports car he was riding in had multiple design flaws.

The suit, filed Monday on behalf of 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker, seeks unspecified damages for defects it...

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Volkswagen prepares fix for 11 million vehicles

Volkswagen is preparing plans to fix up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to ensure they comply with pollution limits.

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AAA: Gas prices have leveled off

The average price per gallon of gasoline nationwide has leveled off at $2.29

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North Dakota hit by falling oil prices

The oil rigs in North Dakota are vanishing, a sign that the slide in oil prices is…

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Low gas prices mean no boost for Social Security

Cheap gas is good news for most people -- except senior citizens.

Falling prices at…

Falling oil prices

Low oil prices put $1.5 trillion worth of projects at risk

New oil and gas production projects worth $1.5 trillion are at risk because of…

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Gas prices drop 27 cents in 3 weeks

The average price of gas in the U.S. dropped 27 cents in the past three weeks.

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Goldman Sachs: Oil could hit $20

Forget $40 a barrel oil. Prices could plummet to $20 as a massive supply glut…

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Chief Latipow deflects concerns over increased response times

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Telescope Dedicated at Santa Barbara Observatory

A new telescope was dedicated Monday at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum,…

Hope Ranch Bike Accident

Hurt Cyclist is 2-Time Gold Winning Olympic Athlete

Investigators determined a 57-year of bicyclist badly hurt in a Monday afternoon…


Santa Barbara Program Feeds Those In Need

Local grocery stores have paired up with Santa Barbara homeless centers. Their…

Weather Led to Fatal Crash Killing Santa Maria Woman

Wet roads Sunday morning are believed to be the factor leading to a head on…


Those In Need, The Boy Scouts Will Feed

Hunger is a daily reality for many in our community.

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Los Alamos Restaurant Settles Complaint Over ADA Dispute

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, has been the law since 1990. But,…

Grand Jury Report Backs Up NewsChannel 3 Investigations

A Grand Jury launched its investigation after we aired a series of reports exposing…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Guitar Man Strikes Wrong Chord with Customers

A Santa Barbara guitar company and its owner are striking the wrong chord with…

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Tipline Investigation: Craigslist Scam Targets Desperate Renters

In this Tipline investigation we expose a rental scam that will have you doing a…

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Tipline Investigation: Charities Struggle with Run or Dye Broken Promises

Trouble is brewing for the company that puts on the popular Run or Dye events. …

Santa Barbara City Council Agrees to ZIR Changes

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving ahead with changes to its Zoning…

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Santa Barbara Program Feeds Those In Need

Local grocery stores have paired up with Santa Barbara homeless centers. Their…


Those In Need, The Boy Scouts Will Feed

Hunger is a daily reality for many in our community.


Carpinteria Instrument Drive Hits the Right Note

A drive that began in early summer shows Carpinteria is in turn with its community…

Glow In The Park Event Helps Santa Barbara Medical Program

All you need is love! That was the theme for the second annual Glow in the Park…

Thousands Of Women And Girls Run For A Beautiful Cause

Runners hit the pavement hard this weekend running for a "beautiful cause". The "She…

Adams Elementary School Celebrates Opening Of New Library

Adams Elementary School Celebrates Opening Of New Library

Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara has a new library just in time for the…

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