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Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech resigns

The chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned.

The German car maker said Saturday that Piech had resigned because an environment of trust "no longer exists" within the company's board.

Volkswagen has been dealing with a period of turmoil i...

Mary Barra

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GM's Mary Barra makes way more than last guy in the job

GM is turning gender pay inequality on its head.

Mary Barra, first female CEO of GM, got paid $16.2 million for 2014, which is 78% more than her male predecessor Dan Akerson.

Akerson's pay had been limited by the fact that GM executive pay was subject...

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Tesla's Elon Musk didn't take a salary in 2014

Billionaire Elon Musk is working for free. Sort of.

The Tesla chief executive's total compensation package in 2014 was $35,360, according to a regulatory filing. That would only get you half way to buying a Tesla Model S.

But the founder of the electr...

Santa Paula Gang Members Arrested

Four documented Santa Paula gang members were taken into custody early Thursday morning after an attempted murder on the 200 block of south 11th Street.

Paul Walker's Fast and Furious Toyota Supra car

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Paul Walker's 'Fast & Furious' car up for auction

A souped-up stunt car driven by the late actor Paul Walker in the first "Fast & Furious" movie is going up for auction.

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Cadillac unveils new plug-in hybrid sedan

Cadillac will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its new CT6 full-sized luxury sedan, General Motors said at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The car will be able to drive on electricity alone for a distance compatible with "most daily commutes," GM said in a s...

Chinese auto show

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China wants eyes on cars not babes

When China's biggest auto show opens in Shanghai this week, the only models on display will be the ones with four wheels. Gone, show organizers hope, will be the scantily-clad "car babes."

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BMW recalls 91,000 Mini Coopers

BMW of North America will recall 91,800 Mini Coopers because of a faulty sensor that might not trigger the front-passenger air bag during a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday.

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Predicting boneheaded driving with technology

Let's face it, almost all automobile crashes are caused by human error. But what if there were a way to predict driving mistakes right before they happen?

That's the promise of new technology under development by researchers at Cornell and Stanford un...

UPDATE: Man Vandalizes Police Department. Some Photos of Damage Released

Ojai police say a man charged with a series of minor traffic violations early Wednesday morning turned around and vandalized personal and department vehicles at the police department.

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GM shielded from ignition lawsuits by bankruptcy rule

GM won't face lawsuits stemming from problems tied to its deadly ignition switch, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York ruled late Wednesday.

The decision by Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Gerber upholds GM's so-called bankruptcy shield. GM ac...

NASA MRV driverless

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NASA unveils its own driverless car

NASA has released a video showing its new Modular Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, that translates to Earth some of the qualities of self-driving extraterrestrial rovers already in use.

The car can operate by itself, remotely or by a person in the driver’s seat.

Gas Prices

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Gas price fallout: People trading in hybrids for SUVs

With gas prices low, more people are trading in their hybrid and electric cars for…

Oil fracking in California

U.S. could be energy independent within four years

The United States could be energy independent in as little as four years, according…

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Worried about a gas price spike? Now there's gas insurance

Cheap gas has been an unexpected blessing to millions of American drivers. But will…

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U.S. takes $35 billion hit from falling oil

With gas prices plunging, you're probably happier every time you pull up to a pump…

2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul now plugs in

On the outside, it looks much like the conventional Kia Soul. However, this version…

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Nevada driver charged $975 for gas

Imagine you put $10 worth of gas in your car using your debit card and got billed…

Local Headlines

Hazmat Crew Cleaning Sewage Spill in Orcutt

A Hazmat crew spent the weekend cleaning up a sewage spill at a mobile home park in…

Unattended Pressure Cooker Left Near San Luis Obispo Marathon Course

The San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force and San Luis Obispo Police responded to a…

Direct Relief Working With Partners In Nepal

Direct Relief Mobilizing To Send Medical Aid To Nepal Quake Victims

Direct Relief  is working closely with local groups and the government in Nepal.

Cal Poly Master Plan Update Online

University wants public access, input to 20-year plan

Attendance Up at Santa Maria Strawberry Festival

The official numbers aren't in but according to a Fairpark spokesperson, attendance…

Vandals Start Dumpster Fire, Northside Little League Building Damaged

A Little League building in Santa Maria is still standing after a fire scorched it…

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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…

Tipline Investigation Craigslist Rental Scam

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…

Tipline Investigation: Unraveling Santa Barbara's ZIR Mess

We have an update on a Tipline investigation that exposed serious flaws within the…

WHEELCHAIR SCAM

Tipline Investigation: Don't Fall For the Wheelchair Scam

Our Tipline investigation begins with a sob story. Every scammer has one. They love…

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CROCHETING LADIES

Goleta Women Crochet For Local Charities

Fifty women from Goleta and Santa Barbara gather weekly to crochet and knit items…

Legally Blonde The Music This Weekend at Dos Pueblos

Musical Version of Legally Blonde Performed This Weekend

Are you a fan of Legally Blonde?
Students at Dos Pueblos High School are bringing it…

Cachuma Fishing derby

Neal Taylor Nature Center Helped with Cachuma Trout Derby Turnout

Even with Cachuma Lake down due to the drought, interest in catching prize winning…

Band Dancers Perform For 5 000 Elementary Students

Band, Dancers Perform For 5,000 Elementary Students

Nearly 5,000 elementary school student were treated to a special show at the Santa…

Oxnard Police Partner With Local Non-Profit to Help Mixteco Community

The Oxnard Police Department announced a partnership with the Mixteco/Indigena…

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Protect Yourself From Identity Theft By Shredding Old Documents

It is almost time for Community Shred Day. NewsChannel 3 is teaming up with Union…

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