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Volkswagen emissions scandal: German officials open tax probe

German prosecutors have launched another investigation into Volkswagen -- this one about possible tax issues stemming from the emissions scandal.

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Ford recalls half a million vehicles over fuel tank issue

Ford is recalling nearly half a million vehicles over a potential fuel tank issue.

The 451,865 affected vehicles include 2010 and 2011 models of Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans made and sold in North America, according to a company statement.

Some of ...

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Ford recalls 450k cars

Ford is recalling nearly a half million cars because of possible fuel leaks.

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Fiat Chrysler will put workers' kids through college

How's this for a job perk? Fiat Chrysler is giving dealership workers and their family members a free ride to college. The new benefit is supposed to woo the best workers.

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UAW ratifies contract with Ford

Nearly 150,000 autoworkers are getting a raise.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas over brake light issue

More than 300,000 Hyundai Sonata cars have been recalled because of a brake light problem

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UAW approves GM contract

The United Auto Workers union has given the final OK to a new four-year contract with General Motors.

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Tesla recalling Model S Sedans

The entire fleet of Tesla Model S sedans have been recalled

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VW cuts costs to deal with emissions scandal

Volkswagen is cutting back on its investment plans next year as it continues to grapple with the cost of its emissions scandal.

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Chevy Volt wins Green Car of the Year for second time

The Chevrolet Volt on Thursday once again grabbed "Green Car of the Year" honors.

The General Motors plug-in electric car won the same award when it debuted in 2010.

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Oil sinks back below $40

Crude oil tumbled below $40 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time since August.

It's the latest sign that the world still has more oil than it needs despite production cuts in the U.S. This is great news for American drivers, many of whom will soon...

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$2 gas coming soon for most of the US

Driving over the river and through the woods will be quite a bit cheaper this Thanksgiving, thanks to rapidly falling gas prices.

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Epic oil glut sparks super tanker 'traffic jams' at sea

Here's a traffic jam that will actually make drivers smile. It's no secret that a…

Falling oil prices

Oil sinks back below $40

Crude oil tumbled below $40 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time since…

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$2 gas coming soon for most of the US

Driving over the river and through the woods will be quite a bit cheaper this…

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Your home heating bill is poised to tumble this year

Apparently, a godzilla is destroying the natural gas market.

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AAA: Gas prices have leveled off

The average price per gallon of gasoline nationwide has leveled off at $2.29

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Gas prices drop 27 cents in 3 weeks

The average price of gas in the U.S. dropped 27 cents in the past three weeks.

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Single-Parent AHC Students Receive Thanksgiving Meal Packages

Single-parent students with Allan College College's CARE program receive…


King Tides To Hit Central Coast Over Thanksgiving Holiday

El Nino conditions could intensify power of the highest tides of the year.

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Animals at Santa Barbara Zoo Enjoy Thanksgiving Treats

If anyone is an animal lover, get the kids out of the house on Thanksgiving and…

Rescue Mission Serves Up Early Thanksgiving Feast

Rescue Mission Provides Free Services For Homeless

More than 100 homeless men and women were given a care package, as well as an…

Ventura Man Facing String of Child Molestation Charges

Police have arrested a Ventura resident for allegedly having sex with a minor.…

Pedestrian Killed After Being Hit by MTD Shuttle in Santa Barbara

A Michigan man was killed Monday evening when an MTD shuttle collided with him in…

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Tipline Investigation What s Really Inside

Tipline Investigation: What's Really Inside?

If you've ever bought a brand new iPhone, you know how exciting it is to unwrap the…

Tipline Investigation: Nipomo Berry Farmer Battles UPS

Randy Pudwill admits he lost faith in humanity for about six months. It all started…

Tipline Investigation Bogus Car Deal Shatters Friendship

Tipline Investigation: A Bad Car Deal Shatters a Friendship

It all started with two best friends and a used car. Let's just say the friendship…

NewsChannel 3 Investigation Helps Santa Maria Couple Get The

NewsChannel 3 Investigation Helps Santa Maria Couple Get Their Home Back

Two years of court ordered frustration forced a Santa Maria couple to call our…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Los Alamos Restaurant Settles Complaint Over ADA Dispute

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, has been the law since 1990. But,…

Grand Jury Report Backs Up NewsChannel 3 Investigations

A Grand Jury launched its investigation after we aired a series of reports exposing…

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Water Saving Mobile Car Wash Helps During Drought

A mobile car wash in Santa Barbara is cleaning up during the drought.  The service…

Adopting a Senior for the Holiday Season

A Buellton man and his family found a way to make the giving of gift cards make a…

Four churches unite for Thanksgiving food drive

Big Turkey and Chicken Drive by Four Churches Gives Meals for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Four Montecito churches have united to have a large one day Thanksgiving turkey and…

Goleta Barbers Gives Free Hair Cuts To Kids

Kids Get Free Haircuts In Goleta

Kids filled the chairs at Goleta Barbers on Saturday.


SEE International Art Show Restores Sight With Locally Produced Abstract Work

The SEE International art show at the Santa Barbara Library will help to restore…

Fundraiser Assists Severely Injured 10-year-old

A Santa Maria family held an all-day fundraiser Tuesday in honor of their son who…

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