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Toyota's futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car

Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is worth a good, serious look. It won't be easy, though. While hydrogen fuel cell cars are mired in controversy, there's one thing everyone seems to agree on about this one.

It is kind of ugly.

Toyota's des...

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Chrysler expands recall to 3.3 million vehicles

Under pressure from federal regulators, Chrysler will expand a recall of cars and trucks equipped with Takata airbags.

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GM halts deliveries to Russia

General Motors has halted deliveries of cars to Russia, making it the latest Western company to pull out of the market in the wake of the ruble's plunge.

The plunge in the value of the ruble means that Western companies don't get as much money when th...

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Toyota has best value: Consumer Reports

If you're looking for a car with the best value, you might want to check out Toyota.

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GM to make more cars in Mexico

GM plans to spend $3.6 billion over the next four years to modernize and expand its production facilities in Mexico.

The investment, which is in addition to $1.4 billion it spent over the past two years, will make GM the biggest auto exporter in Mexic...

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How long can Cuba's classic cars last?

With U.S. President Barack Obama announcing a historic overhaul in relations between the United States and Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean stands on the precipice of dramatic change.

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Ford shares tumble 5%

Ford fell nearly 5 percent Monday on reports of a downgrade from a Deutsche Bank analyst.

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Burt Reynolds sells his Trans Am for $450,000

The Pontiac Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds and based on the one in his movie Smokey and the Bandit sold at auction for $450,000.

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Takata struggled with airbag problems since late 1990s

At the heart of the deadly airbag recall engulfing Japanese airbag maker Takata is an inexpensive chemical called ammonium nitrate.

Takata, one of the world's largest makers of airbags, has long used ammonium nitrate to inflate its airbags during an a...

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Gas for less than $2 is now widespread

It was a good weekend for drivers to fill up. Cheap gas spread across the nation faster than holiday cheer.

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Nissan slammed in Consumer Reports

Looks like something's wrong at Nissan because, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey, a lot of Nissan owners don't like their vehicles very much.

For that matter, neither do the people who work at Consumer Reports.

In the influential magazine...

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New York, Chicago eye Uber-style apps

Uber and Lyft could be getting some new competition from the cities of New York and Chicago.

New York and Chicago could soon be launching their own smartphone apps for e-hailing taxis, similar to Uber and Lyft, according to news reports.

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Springfield, Mo., is the capital of cheap gas

A quiet city on the edge of the Ozarks is the only town in the entire country where…

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Drivers to save $550 on gas in 2015

U.S. drivers already loving low gas prices will save an additional $550 on gas next…

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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…

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Gas for less than $2 is now widespread

It was a good weekend for drivers to fill up. Cheap gas spread across the nation…

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Cheap gas is akin to a $60 billion tax cut

Americans are getting quite the gift this year: Cheap gas.

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Gas: $2 and still falling

Two dollar gas is making headlines right now, but prices at the pump are still…

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Skincare closed leaves customers feeling ripped off

Out-Of-Business Skincare Company Accused Of Ripping Off Customers

Lindsay Cullom paid months in advance for laser skin removal before her May wedding…

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Weather Creates Airport Hassle For Holiday Travelers

Low cloudcover in San Francisco put some passengers flying out of San Luis Obispo…

High Surf Advisory for Central Coast Beaches

Surfers are being asked to stay out of water for weekend 

Santa Maria Boxer Nearing Spot On U.S. Olympic Team

Santa Maria High School senior Carlos Balderas is just a few fights away from…

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Car Accident Sparks Brush Fire

A tow truck was called out to Sycamore Creek following a two car crash.

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Last Weekend to Shop Before Christmas

With six days until Christmas, local stores are gearing up for what they say will…

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Run or Dye Event Cancelled Under Cloud of Suspicion

The Run or Dye event scheduled for Ventura this Saturday, November 8, will not…

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Tipline Exclusive: SoCal Edison Accused Of Delaying Solar Applications

A nasty feud is brewing between many solar companies and Southern California Edison.

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Father of Los Osos Woman Found Dead in Nevada Speaks Out

"Margay touched so many lives, and was so outgoing and gregarious", says Jeff…

Plea for Help from Family of Murdered Santa Maria Man

As Javier Limon Jr. stares at a collection of photographs of his late father Javier…

NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

In this Tipline story, we help a man battered by life. A series of tragic events…

Woman Featured In Tipline Story Gets $25,000

NewsChannel 3 has a nice surprise for a woman who battled the City of Santa Barbara…

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CHiPS FOR KIDS TOY DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS

CHP Officers Deliver Toys To Unity Shoppe

California Highway Patrol officers dropped off donated toys to the Unity Shoppe in…

La Cumbre Junior High Celebrates Newly Renovated Auditorium

La Cumbre Junior High Celebrates Newly Renovated Auditorium

La Cumbre Junior High School celebrated the completion of their newly remodeled…

Preparations Underway For Unity Telethon

Barbara Tellefson gave last minute tips to her Unity Shoppe crew on Friday night.

Santa Claus Visits 7-Eleven in Goleta

The 7-Eleven store at 7390 Calle Real in Goleta, got a surprise visit from none…

Casa Pacifica Fundraiser Celebrates The Holidays

Casa Pacifica Fundraiser Celebrates The Holidays

Generosity made the 2-14 Pierpont Raquet Club's Annual Ladies Holiday Luncheon,…

Bike For Tykes Surprises First-Graders

Bike For Tykes Surprises First-Graders

Boys and girls thought they were at an early holiday party when they were given  new…

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