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Comcast to let customers track technicians

Comcast, a company known and reviled for its customer service horror stories, it trying out a new app that will allow customers to track and rate its technicians.

In a blog post, Comcast said it will begin trials in the suburbs of Boston that will sen...

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China lifts ban on Facebook for select few

Blink and you'll miss it: Facebook is unbanned in China for three days.

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Next Glass

App takes guessing out of wine buying

For most of us, wine remains a big mystery.

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Best Buy

Best Buy tells Amazon: Take that!

In the battle against the almighty Amazon, Best Buy just booked a win for the brick and mortar team.

The retailer reported Thursday that it nearly doubled its third quarter profit over last year as American consumers helped drive a bump in comparable...

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Texting creating 'text neck' epidemic, doctors say

Chances are you're reading this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. Your head is tilted forward; your shoulders are curved.

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Billboard 200 chart will now count streaming

While Taylor Swift has given up on free streaming music, Billboard hasn't.

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Jeff Bezos links Amazon and The Washington Post with new app

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been in control of The Washington Post for one year, and now we're seeing some synergies between the two.

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Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as search engine

Firefox and Google are breaking up.

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Gov't: China could take down US power grid

China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday.

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Widow takes hubby's ashes to T-mobile to prove he's dead

T-mobile refused to cancel the contract of a British woman's late husband. So she brought them proof he was dead.

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Students React to Violent Social Media Threat in Southern California

Two schools in Manhattan Beach closed on Tuesday after violent threats on social media. Classes at Mira Costa High School and The Montessori Preschool behind it were cancelled as a precaution.

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Facebook

Facebook adds new app just for Groups

One of Facebook's more popular, less attractive features is getting its very own app.

The social network is launching Facebook Groups, a standalone app for reading and posting to groups.

More than 700 million people check a group on Facebook every mo...

Environmental Headlines

One man's efforts to rescue killer whales

After sprinting for more than an hour up the Puget Sound, a group of migrant killer…

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US Senate kills Keystone pipeline bill

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the…

Global warming, climate change

US sending $3B to fight climate change

The United States will commit $3 billion to a fund that helps poor nations cope with…

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Top Republicans slam U.S.-China climate deal

Top Congressional Republican leaders quickly criticized the U.S.-China climate…

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US, China reach historic climate change deal

In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President…

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Save the turtles? Your reusable bag just might.

The Texas Longhorn and the sea turtle may not seem to have much in common, but both…

Local Headlines

Seabees Help Build New Search Dog Training Center

Seabees Help Build New Search Dog Training Center

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is building a new training center and is…

Meredith s Weekend Picks 8-15-14

Fun Things for You This Weekend!

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

Habit's IPO Sizzles On Day One

Investors certainly had an appetite for The Habit burger chain during its Thursday…

Lompoc Police Chief Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Lompoc's new Police Chief Pat Walsh reached out to mostly the Hispanic community…

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President's Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

President Obama's immigration reform plan isn't just being criticized by Republicans…

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Vigil Held For Kidnapped Guerrero Students

More than a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the Goleta…

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Habitat For Humanity Dedicates New Housing Site

Habitat For Humanity Dedicates New Housing Site

Habitat for Humanity held a dedication ceremony for the newest affordable homes…

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Ventura 11-Year-Old Now Nation's Youngest Eagle Scout

An 11-year old Ventura boy became the youngest-ever Eagle Scout in a ceremony over…

Four Churches Donate Over 600 Turkeys and Chickens for Thanksgiving

Four Montecito churches combined their efforts over the weekend to help those in…

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Luncheon & Fashion Show Benefits Santa Barbara County Families

It was all about food and fashion Saturday to help raise money to support families…

Cuesta College Received $20 Thousand Grant

Cuesta College Receives $20,000 Grant

Cuesta College students will benefit from a $20,000 grant recently awarded by…

Bridal Show & Gown Sale to Benefit Cancer Patients

There's a spectacular showcase of bridal gowns and accessories this weekend on sale…

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Meredith s Weekend Picks 8-15-14

Fun Things for You This Weekend!

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

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Super sad bicyclist just wanted some Taco Bell

A Florida bicyclist who wanted some late-night Taco Bell ends up in jail.

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Man stung more than 100 times by swarm of bees

A 65-year-old man is recovering after he was stung more than 100 times by a bee…

Strangers lift car in China

Strangers lift car to save woman's life

Strangers in China come to the aid of a woman trapped under a car after an accident.

Tarantulas on the Move in the Santa Ynez Valley

There's a Creepy Feeling in the Santa Ynez Valley with Tarantulas on the Move

Tarantulas are crawling around the Santa Ynez Valley again this time of year, and…

Large Lobster Gets Second Chance at Life

Local resident Forrest Galante caught the Pacific Spiny lobster near Anacapa Island…

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