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Honda changes Fit bumpers after crash tests

Honda is going to change the front bumpers on 12,000 Honda Fit subcompact cars so that they match those on a car that just earned a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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New Corvette lets you spy on garage valets

When you hand over your Chevrolet Corvette keys to a parking garage valet, you might worry that those guys will be tempted to try out the car's superb handing and its 460 horsepower V8 engine for themselves.

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Ford recalls 83,000 vehicles

Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles for potential problems with the halfshaft and linkshaft.

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Most expensive car ever - Ferrari GTO sells for $38 million

A 1962-63 Ferrari GTO Berlinetta was sold in California on Thursday for $38,000,000, the most ever paid for a car at auction.

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Consumer Reports puts some dings in Tesla's reputation

Consumer Reports has called the Tesla Model S the best car it ever tested. But perfect, it's not.

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Most expensive state to own a car: Wyoming

Why does it cost so much to own a car in Wyoming? Because residents there love the open road.

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GM loses bid to stop key recall lawsuit

A key lawsuit against General Motors over the automaker's fatally flawed ignition switches will be reopened.

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From Tesla Motors, Inc.

Tesla settles dispute with trademark troll in China

Tesla has resolved a long-running trademark dispute that compromised the automaker's operations in China.

Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng -- who registered the "Tesla" trademark years before the automaker entered the country -- had sued the company ...

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Reuters

63 death claims filed so far by GM victims, families

The fund for victims hurt in GM cars recalled for faulty ignition switches has received 63 death claims so far.

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REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Hyundai fined $17 million for delaying recall

Hyundai waited too long to recall thousands of Genesis sedans and now will pay a $17 million fine for the delay.

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Nissan Wieck

Americans are warming to self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are coming, and Americans are getting on board.

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Jay Schexnyder/CNN

Youngest car shoppers are buying more cars

It turns out, so-called millennials are responsible for a bigger percentage of new car purchases than older Gen X slackers.

Gas Prices

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Lowest August gas prices in four years

Drivers, rejoice! Gas prices are the lowest they've been at the start of August in…

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Iraq crisis: Why aren't gas prices spiking?

The drums of war are beating in Iraq, but you wouldn't know it from looking at oil…

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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…

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Glitch leads to 1-cent gas at Illinois station

An Illinois gas station caused traffic jams over the weekend when it accidentally…

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Company creates robotic gas pumps

If you don`t like getting out of your car to pump gas, then the future looks bright…

Local Headlines

Santa Maria-Area Man With Tuberculosis Sought

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year old Santa Maria-area man who carries…

Direct Relief Raises Airlift Funds

Direct Relief will be trucking pallets full of medical supplies to a chartered cargo…

Ferguson Fallout Leads To Peaceful Local Protest

About 75 people of all ages and backgrounds turned out for a vigil and march along…

Grant Park Fire Under Investigation

Ventura firefighters said a fire threatened communication towers on a ridge in Grant…

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Aloha Spirit Bash and Taste of the Vine On Tap This Weekend

Lot of fun events are going on in your neighborhoods this weekend.  First Alert…

Thunder Over the Valley; Wheels and Windmills Top Central Coast Picks

Here's a look at the activities happening up and down the Central Coast this weekend.

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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…

Six Year Fight To Save Historic Beach Cabana Is Over

Santa Barbara County Historic Landmark #49, also known as the Irene and Frances…

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Tipline Warning: Bill Collectors Accused of Using Illegal Threats

An out of state bill collector may be going to far to get people to pay a past debt…

Tipline Investigation: Botched City Inspections Cause Homeowner Nightmare

Our special Tipline Investigation exposes a flawed Santa Barbara city policy that's…

Secret Rx War

Tipline: Prescription Drug Crackdown Leads To Suicides

A Tipline investigation in July exposed how the nation's largest pharmaceutical…

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Father/daughter duo spend summer volunteering

Father/Daughter Pair Learn Valuable Lessons Outside Classroom

While many students took the summer break to vacation and enjoy the time off from…

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Westmont College Staffers Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge…

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Through Tragedy The Community of Goleta Comes Together

Police continue to investigate a homicide in Goleta, following the tragedy, a group…

Scholarships Help Kids Go To Summer Camp

A local outdoor ranch camp invites hundreds of kids to their site every year and…

Zodos Bowling nominates school for $1000 grant

Isla Vista Elementary Recieves Grant For New School Year

A Santa Barbara County elementary school is getting a little extra financial help…

War Veterans Horse Therapy

Horse Sense and Healing Weekend

A group of veterans from across the country is coming together in Solvang to heal…

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