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Sensors let seniors stay at home, safely

Mary Lou doesn't know that she's being tracked. The 77-year-old is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's and though she lives on her own, her family keeps close tabs on her.

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Condo Fire Under Investigation In Ventura

A structure fire in Ventura is under investigation Monday. The fire happened at a condominium on the 2300 block of Mohican Lane around 9:23 a.m.

UC Santa Barbara Bomb Scare

Bomb Threat Cleared at UCSB's Campbell Hall

Police find nothing at Campbell Hall on the UCSB campus after a bomb threat was called in midday Wednesday.

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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 Tuesday morning.

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Man Charged With DUI After Sideswiping Patrol Car

A Santa Barbara man is behind bars, accused of side-swiping a parked patrol car while driving under the influence.

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From Gregory Kloehn

The spectacular houses built from scrap

For the aspirational, willing to bend their backs and broaden their minds, the materials for a dream house are all around us; in tin cans, tires and scrap metal, ready for construction projects anywhere from city centers to tropical islands at minimal expense.

Sevilla Condo Lottery

Seven affordable housing units are up for grabs and the City of Santa Barbara is accepting applications.

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Horse Sense and Healing Weekend

A group of veterans from across the country is coming together in Solvang to heal the emotional wounds of war.

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Santa Barbara to be Special Olympics Host City

It was a big afternoon over at Westmont College, as Santa Barbara was named a host town for the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics.

Supervisor Salud Carbajal Returns from Climate Task Force Meeting in Washington D.C.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal has just returned from Washington D.C. where he was on a special climate task force.

No More Fines for Brown Lawns in California

If you're neglecting your front lawn during the drought, there's no need to worry over fines from city code enforcement or homeowners associations.

Section 8 Shortage Amid Growing Demand

The Section 8 program provides federal subsidized housing, up to two-thirds of monthly rent, for lower income and special needs people who qualify.

Real Estate Headlines

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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is…

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Home prices rising, but slowly

Home prices are still rising, but the pace of increases is definitely slowing.

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Bank of America to pay $16.65 billion over mortgages

Bank of America's tab for the financial crisis is now nearly $74 billion.

On Thursday…

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Mortgage rates hit 2014 low

Mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest level in over a year.

The average rate…

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In some housing markets, all-cash deals still rule

Buying a home? You still have to compete against the big money bringing all-cash.…

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' apartment building red hot

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" books have made British author E.L. James very rich. They…

Latest Recalls

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GM's compensation fund gets 100th death claim

General Motors executives have said the company would "do the right thing" for…

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China seizes tons of tainted chicken feet

In the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China, authorities have seized…

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Apple recalls some iPhone 5 devices for battery woes

Having trouble with your iPhone 5 battery? You might be eligible for a free…

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Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc.…

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Heinz recalls lead-laced baby food in China

H.J. Heinz is recalling a batch of lead-laced baby food in China.

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Slaughterhouse staff charged over bad meat

Former workers at a California slaughterhouse involved in one of the largest meat…

Money Headlines

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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is…

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Report: Durant offered $265 million-plus shoe deal

Nike pulled out all the stops to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant…

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Sports betting vs. stock market

Sports gamblers have lots in common with stock market investors. They both believe…

Lifestyle Headlines

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World's best wine-tasting experience

"Beyond the hedonism of tasting these wines -- and the hedonism of tasting these…

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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is…

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15 funniest travel books ever (in English)

We expect a lot from our travel writers.

Local Headlines

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Grenade Safely Removed From Courthouse Parking Lot

The Santa Maria Police Department blocked two roads near the Courthouse as a safety…

Paralyzed Extreme Water Sports Enthusiasts Selling Calendars to Raise Money for Rehabilitation

A photographer and former extreme water sports junkie, once strangers have now…

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Bill to Ban Plastic Bags Heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

Lawmakers narrowly approved a plastic bag ban on Friday.  The Senate approved the…

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Paralyzed Extreme Water Sports Enthusiasts Selling Calendars to Raise Money for Rehabilitation

A photographer and former extreme water sports junkie, once strangers have now…

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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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