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Okra, garden, vegetables

Kellie Keesee/CNN

The joy of 'lazy' gardening

I have a rotten knack for turning any pleasurable pastime into an exhausting and pricey project and in doing so, sucking all the joy and fun out of it. Gardening is no different.

Diana Diaz

Second Floor Burns Vacant Lompoc Home

Lompoc City Fire responded to a house on fire around 9 a.m. on the 600 block of University Drive.

TODAY: Avoid Identity Theft By Shredding Old Documents

Union Bank is partnering with NewsChannel 3 to sponsor a free shred day in Solvang from 5-7 p.m.

Living room with orange accents

Rhonda Vickers/

Design fever: Sofas, tables and chairs oh my!

This year around 300,000 visitors are expected to attend the Milan's Salone del Mobile, the world's largest and most important furniture fair.



Housing, food costs on the rise

If you feel like things are starting to cost a bit more, you're right.

Homeowners Voice Opinions on Proposed Five Cities Fire Authority Assessment

The votes are in for a proposed fee that would keep several Five Cities Fire Authority firefighters on the job. The fee would provide funding for the Five Cities Fire Authority, money that fire authorities say is badly needed.

Property owners let the Fire Board know how they feel about paying an additional $66 dollars each year during a public hearing Friday. April 4th was originally the final day to turn in the ballot for the measure, but a typo in the mail packet incorrectly stated April 18th. The board will accept ballots until the 18th.


Family Escapes Bedroom Fire

A family escaped a house fire without injuries Thursday morning.

A decorator finds her style


Do you really know your decorating style?

You have a new home or your first apartment and dozens of crazy ideas to make it look the way you want. But do you really know your own decorating style?

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse is a huge problem not just nationally but right here in Santa Barbara County.

Storm clouds pass over Santa Barbara

Claire Scholl

Despite Rainfall, Water District Leaders Push for Conservation

Some cities were lucky enough to get some rain Wednesday. But regardless water district managers say it is not enough to make much of a difference in your routine. The most important thing they stress is to still conserve water.

National Tsunami Preparedness Week March 23-29

Tsunami Test Warning Wednesday Morning

San Luis Obispo County and NOAA want residents in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County to be aware of a tsunami emergency test at 10:15 a.m.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Donald Weiting

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Orcutt

KCOY 12 Central Coast News is proud to kick off ticket availability for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

Real Estate Headlines

House, home, garage, suburbs

Nearly 2M homeowners no longer 'seriously' underwater

Surging home prices have helped nearly two million homeowners get back above water…

For Rent sign

Want to make money as a landlord? Try Detroit

Want to make money as a landlord? Consider Detroit ... seriously.

Detroit home auction

Detroit to auction vacant homes. Starting bid: $1,000

In its ongoing battle to fight blight and boost home values, Detroit is launching a…

Dave Navarro's loft for sale

Live in a rock star's home for about $1 million

If you've ever dreamed of living the life of a rock star, or at least in the home…

For sale sign, home, house

Vacation home market heats up

More Americans felt rich enough to invest in vacation homes last year as the economy…

Priest pastor minister

Atlanta archbishop to vacate mansion

After coming under sharp criticism and issuing an apology earlier this week, the…

Latest Recalls

Summer Infant video baby monitor

800,000 baby monitor batteries recalled

About 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in the Summer Infant infant video monitors…


Second General Motors recall delayed by years

General Motors and government safety regulators now have a second recall to answer…

Kraft recalls hot dogs

Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs

Kraft is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because packaging labels were incorrect…

GM, General Motors

GM will ask court to halt recall lawsuits

General Motors wants a bankruptcy court to protect it from the growing number of…


Toyota recalls 6.4 million cars worldwide

Toyota announced five recalls on Wednesday, affecting a total of 6.39 million…

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Ford recalls 435,000 vehicles

Ford Motor Co. has announced two recalls, affecting about 435,000 vehicles.

Money Headlines

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Stocks: Tug of war on Wall Street

The bulls and bears had a tug of war Thursday as they debate corporate earnings,…


GM's $1.3 billion recall cost wipes out profit

General Motors' recall crisis virtually wiped out its profit for the first three…


Coffee prices skyrocket after Brazil drought

Coffee prices have doubled since late last year, and drinkers of the black stuff…

Lifestyle Headlines

Shadow MH 370

Malaysia to release MH370 report, PM says

Facing anger from families of Flight 370 passengers, Malaysia's Prime Minister said…

Obama visits National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Obama plays soccer with Japanese robot

President Barack Obama has some new high-tech friends

Monitoring your every move

Personal sensors: Monitoring your every move

How did you sleep last night? OK, that's an easy question. But do you know your…

Local Headlines


School Board Approves Computer Science Academy

A new academy at Santa Barbara High School will give students a leg up on a…


Study Says Produce Prices to Climb

You already think your groceries cost too much--now a new study says it'll cost a…

Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards for Acts of Heroism

Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards For Acts of Heroism

The Santa Barbara Police Department recognized some ordinary citizens doing…

What's Right

TODAY: Avoid Identity Theft By Shredding Old Documents

Union Bank is partnering with NewsChannel 3 to sponsor a free shred day in Solvang…

Lost Wedding Ring Found After Two Years

An Ojai couple was reunited with a wedding ring that was lost at Ellwood Beach two…

Cota Sycamore Tree Dedicated To California Television Host

A ceremony honoring the legacy of popular television host Huell Howser was held…

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