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Toyota recalls 1.43 million Prius, Lexus worldwide

Toyota has announced it will recall 1.43 million vehicles worldwide over faulty airbags, although it is not part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags.

The cars affected are Prius and Lexus models from 2008 to 2012. The recall includes 495,000 cars sold in North America, 743,000 in Japan as well as vehicles in Europe, China and other regions, according to the BBC and The Associated Press.

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VW agrees to record $14.7B settlement over emissions cheating

Volkswagen's deliberate cheating on emissions tests will cost it a record $14.7 billion. And that's just the start of its problems.

The settlement is only a preliminary step in the case; the automaker still faces possible criminal charges, as well as ...

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Uber CEO explains why he thinks fingerprinting drivers is 'unjust'

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tackled two of his company's biggest controversies on Thursday: It's treatment of drivers and its refusal to fingerprint.

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These billboards will target you as you drive by

Billboards may never be the same.

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Gas prices hit 11-year low ahead of Fourth of July weekend

Gas prices are averaging the lowest price ahead of the Fourth of July weekend since the same time in 2005.

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Uber is rolling out guaranteed fares

Uber wants riders to know exactly how much they're going to pay for their trips.

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Jeep owners sue Fiat Chrysler over gear selector defect

Jeep Grand Cherokee owners are hitting Fiat Chrysler with a lawsuit over the design defect that is suspected in the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin.

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Ralph Nader goes from auto industry nemesis to Hall of Famer

Ralph Nader is being honored by the auto industry, of which he has been a persistent critic for more than 50 years.

Nader will be inducted in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, on July 21 for his work on behalf of improving auto safety.

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13,000 Maseratis recalled for dangerous shifter

Maserati is recalling about 13,000 sedans that have the same sort of gear shifter that was used in the Jeep that killed actor Anton Yelchin.

Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the same company that makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler...

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Driverless cars create a safety 'dilemma'

You're riding in a driverless car with a loved one. It's cruising down a one-way, single-lane road with a barricade to the left and a wall to the right.

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Fix ready for Jeep gear shift problem that killed Anton Yelchin

There is a fix for the Jeep gear shift problem that killed actor Anton Yelchin. The problem is that most owners don't know it yet.

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Fuel scandal drives Mitsubishi Motors to first loss in 8 years

Mitsubishi Motors has revealed the heavy financial toll from its fuel economy scandal.

The Japanese automaker says it expects to post a net loss of 145 billion yen ($1.4 billion) for the current financial year.

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Gas prices hit 11-year low ahead of Fourth of July weekend

Gas prices are averaging the lowest price ahead of the Fourth of July weekend since…

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Iran's oil exports have tripled since late 2015

Now that sanctions are gone, Iran is seriously flexing its oil muscles in hopes of…

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Gas prices hit 2016 high

Gas prices are averaging $2.38 per gallon Monday, which is the highest average of…

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Why oil could return to $30 a barrel this year

The oil crash is over, right? Maybe not.

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Cheapest summer gas in 12 years

Summer gas prices are expected to be at their lowest level in 12 years, according…

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US oil exports rise 7-fold in first 3 months

The U.S. is beginning to step up its oil exporting game.

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Recreational Pot Use Qualifies For CA Ballot

California voters will soon decide whether legalize recreation marijuana use.

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Dalia Lama's Doctor Visits Coast

The Dalai Lama has visited Santa Barbara and now one of his doctors has too.

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Free Summer Lunches For Children Being Served And Celebrated

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has until June 30th to raise $100,000 in…

Arroyo Grande City Manager Terminated

Dianne Thompson spent less than a year in the job.

Off-Leash Site Proposed For MacKenzie Park

The City of Santa Barbara has earmarked and approved $50,000 dollars to turn a…

City of Santa Barbara to Upgrade 41 Intersections for Better Pedestrian Safety

41 Santa Barbara City intersections will be getting upgrades to increase pedestrian…

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Plains All American Pipeline Stock Plunges After Refugio Oil Spill

NewsChannel 3 continues our special series of reports into the Refugio oil spill…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: SLO Porsche Crash Leads to Bogus Story

You've probably heard the saying that 'honesty is the best policy." What you're…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Fire Chief Fights to Fix Fatal Flaws in the 911 System

Who has a better system for identifying and processing mobile phone calls? The 9-1-…

Tipline Investigation: U.S. Senate Candidate Accused of Making Threats

We have a follow up to a Tipline Investigation that we broke two weeks ago. It…

Tipline Investigation Tracking Bad Bank Transfers

NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Pismo Beach Man Battles Bank of America to Recover $1,900

Sometimes the smallest errors can turn into the biggest headaches. A viewer in…

Tipline Felon Seeks U S Senate Seat

Tipline Investigation: Felon Seeks U.S. Senate Seat

Our Tipline investigation puts the spotlight on a felon who wants to represent you…

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Hundreds of Kids Experience Classical Music in Santa Barbara's 'Fun in the Sun' Event

More than 300 kids will visit the Music Academy of the West and watch and exclusive…

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade Preparations Underway

The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade will be taking over the city tomorrow, but…

Red Cross Opens Shelter For Scherpa "Sherpa" Fire Evacuees

14 Santa Barbara County residents are staying at the Santa Barbara City College's…

Students Awarded Bikes From Oxnard Police Officers

The Oxnard Police Department presented bicycles to students with perfect attendance…

Diana Basehart Foundation helping the needy and their pets

Pet Owners with Financial Issues Find Support from Diana Basehart Foundation

Pet owners with financial issues are finding a helping hand, or philanthropic paw,…

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Local Celebrities Hit Dance Floor Tonight!

Six local celebrities will put on their dancing shoes tonight and perform in a local…

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