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Volkswagen's former boss gets $8.2 million payout

Volkswagen's former boss took home $8.2 million in 2015, while the company struggled with its biggest loss in its history.

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Flowered muscle car worth $1.4 million stolen

An avocado-green 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda worth $1.4 million was stolen from a home in Westchester County, just north of New York City. The good news is it should be easy to spot thanks to its distinctive flower-patterned vinyl top.

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Uber's services for the disabled lack actual cars

Sunday Parker, a 24-year-old who uses a power wheelchair to get around, can't catch an Uber in her Oakland, California, neighborhood where they typically show up within five minutes.

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Boy gets head stuck in car sunroof

Firefighters rushed to an emergency in eastern China -- but nothing was ablaze.

Instead, a 3-year-old boy had managed to get his head stuck in a car sunroof.

According to police, the boy was playing on the front passenger's seat while his father was dr...

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Ford reports record earnings

Ford Motor's profits more than doubled during the first three months of the year, giving the 113-year old automaker its best first quarter in its history.

Germany is giving electric cars a big push.

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Germany's $1.4 billion boost for electric cars

Germany is giving electric cars a big push.

The government has joined forces with three of the country's biggest automakers to launch an incentive program to boost sales of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Buyers will get rebates of 4,000 euros on elect...

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Uber testing 2 minute wait time before it starts charging you

Uber wants passengers to show up or pay up.

The on-demand car service app says it's testing a new program in certain locations where customers will be charged a fee if the driver is still waiting two minutes after the arriving at the pickup location. ...

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BMW is building tricked-out wheelchairs for Paralympics

In 2014, BMW made something rather unusual for a car company. It designed a two-man bobsled for the U.S. Olympic team to use in the Sochi games.

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Mitsubishi's fuel test scandal draws attention of U.S. regulators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the automaker to conduct new fuel efficiency tests after it admitted to fudging its numbers in Japan for the past quarter century.

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Hillary Clinton's old car sells for $60K

A man who bought Hillary Clinton's old car for $2,000 turned a nice profit, selling the 1986 Oldsmobile 16 years later for $60,100.

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Gear shift confusion causes Chrysler recall

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the gear selector makes it too easy for drivers to forget to put the vehicle in "Park" before getting out. Doing this could allow the vehicle to roll away.

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Mitsubishi: We've been cheating on fuel tests for 25 years

The situation at Mitsubishi Motors just went from bad to much, much worse.

Gas Prices

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ExxonMobil profits crash to lowest level since 1999

The last time ExxonMobil's profits were this low, Y2K was still a thing.

Exxon's…

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Ouch. Oil companies lose whopping $67 billion

American oil companies are drowning in a sea of red ink.

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Saudi Arabia tries to break 'dangerous' addiction to oil

Saudi Arabia has finally revealed what life after oil may look like.

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Average gas prices up 7 cents nationally

National gas prices are on their way up, with the average price per gallon $2.11, up…

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Top oil countries fail to reach deal on production freeze

The world's top oil producers walked away from a marathon negotiating session on…

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Mexico forced to rescue drowning oil giant Pemex

Mexico's state-owned oil company is drowning in a sea of cheap oil.

Local Headlines

Santa Maria High School District Faculty Association Hosts Parent Meeting

Teachers union members explain issues in ongoing contract dispute.

California primary just five weeks away

Voter Reaction To Indiana Primary Mixed

First time voters are paying attention to primaries in other states

SBCC Names finalist for president and superintendent post

Santa Barbara City College Chooses Anthony Beebe

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Trustees are offering Anthony Beebe, the job as…

Union Bank Fixes ATM And Online Problems

Union Bank customers found out they couldn't access their money or accounts via ATMs…

Tree Guild of Arroyo Grande Plants New Foliage Around Town

A non-profit organization in Arroyo Grande is helping to dig up the old and plant…

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Firefighters Urge Residents to be Ready for Serious Fire Season

Nearly two years later, it may be hard to tell that a wildfire spanning hundreds of…

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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…

Tipline Investigation Takata Recall

Tipline Investigation: Takata Recall Tames A Mustang

The growing scandal involving Japanese airbag maker, Takata, may cost a Santa Paula…

Tipline Investigation Wild Uber Ride

Tipline Investigation: Wild Uber Ride

Had too much to drink? Call Uber and get home safe. But, what if the Uber driver is…

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Tree Guild of Arroyo Grande Plants New Foliage Around Town

A non-profit organization in Arroyo Grande is helping to dig up the old and plant…

Making Prom Dreams Come True

Making Prom Dreams Come True

The cost of a dream prom for some girls can be quite out of reach.  But one local…

Act of Kindness by Angels Lifts Spirits of Ventura Family

Heavenly Gesture: Angels Host Ventura Family in Mourning for Batting Practice & Game

Angels fan Jason Rutkowski died from an aggressive form of MS at the age of 32.

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Fork & Cork Classic Helps Foodbank with Funding in 2016

Using local restaurants, wineries and breweries, the 3rd annual Fork & Cork Classic…

Santa Barbara County Shelter Cats, Dogs Fly to Washington to Find Permanent Home

Several cats and dogs from Santa Barbara County Animal Services are heading to…

Cooking Up Dreams

Chefs Help Cook Up Dreams In Santa Barbara County

More than $110,000 was raised to benefit kids and families across Santa Barbara…

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