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Spacecraft to make death dive into Mercury

The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER (an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is about to crash onto Mercury.

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Instagram details when nudity is OK

Instagram is easing up on its no-nipple policy, but insists it will still scrub kiddie bathtub pictures from the site.


Verizon FIOS to let you pick, choose cable channels

Verizon FIOS will start letting customers opt in -- and out -- of the cable channels they get as part of their pay television service -- the first move by a major provider toward a la carte service.



Surprise! 1 in 5 people use Bing

Bing crossed the 20% threshold in search for the first time in March.

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Jackson Gordon

Student creates real-life Batman outfit

Jackson Gordon is no ordinary 21-year-old. By day he is an industrial design student at Philadelphia University, but Gordon has another side to him -- a side altogether darker, tougher and more enigmatic.

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The Apple Watch won't be available on April 24

If you were hoping to buy the Apple Watch at an Apple Store on April 24, you will have to reset your watch alarm.

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This app has helped millennials save $25 million

Investors -- and millennials -- are nuts about Acorns.

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A hacker stole our $3,500 tax refund

For two teachers living on meager salaries in Massachusetts, their expected tax refund meant everything. But when someone stole a Social Security number, they also took the couple's entire tax refund.

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How Grumpy Cat makes her millions

Grumpy Cat has millions of social media followers, shots of her famous frown go viral, and fans clamor to catch a glimpse. Face it: Grumpy Cat is a celebrity, and guess what? She probably makes more money than you do!

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Probe sends back first color image of Pluto

After more than nine years of traveling through the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back its first color image of Pluto.

The initial picture released on Tuesday shows a couple of orange-tinged blobs -- Pluto and its largest moon,...

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Google under siege: Europe wants blood

After walking away without so much as a slap on the wrist from a U.S. antitrust investigation, Google is about to get into a major fist fight with the European Union.

If Google loses, it will get pummeled. The EU wants blood.

Google faces a fine of up ...

DJI Inspire 1 UAV drone

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Is this Chinese drone maker worth $10 billion?

The world's most innovative drone maker is not based in Silicon Valley. It's in China -- and it could be worth $10 billion. SZ DJI Technology Co., better known as DJI, is looking to raise money from investors at a $10 billion valuation.

Environmental Headlines

Mushy marine creatures coating beaches

'Goopy, mushy' jellyfish invade West Coast beaches

Millions of jellyfish are washing up on West Coast shores, leaving beach-goers…

Oil fracking in California

U.S. could be energy independent within four years

The United States could be energy independent in as little as four years, according…

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5 years after massive BP oil spill: What we know

On April 20, 2010, a final cement seal of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico failed,…

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This city has the world's worst air...

While the world has grown accustomed to images of near-apocalyptic pollution in…

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TEPCO abandons robot inside Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has given up trying to…

Coke bottle recycling is selling sheets made from old Coke bottles has a new side job: selling bedsheets made from old Coca-Cola bottles.

Local Headlines

Building Evacuated After Mysterious White Substance Found

The Santa Maria Department of Social Services was shut down Friday after a…


Santa Barbara Boat Owners Told to Stay 500 Yards From Cruise Ships

The Santa Barbara Harbor Commission and waterfront officials are trying to find a…


Santa Barbara Automobile Club Turns 100

In 1915, as Southern California was expanding with the beginning of a vast roadway…

UPDATE: Cops Say Yanaga Commits Another Attempted Murder

Within 5 days of getting out of jail on murder charges, 52-year-old Thomas Yanaga…

Katcho Achadjian Launches His Campaign for Congress

35th District Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian is joining a crowded field of candidates…

Dos Pueblos High School Student Arrested

Dos Pueblos High School Student Arrested, Suspected of Emailing Threats

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 15-year-old student at Dos…

What's Right

Oxnard Police Partner With Local Non-Profit to Help Mixteco Community

The Oxnard Police Department announced a partnership with the Mixteco/Indigena…

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Protect Yourself From Identity Theft By Shredding Old Documents

It is almost time for Community Shred Day. NewsChannel 3 is teaming up with Union…

Ojai Family Loses Home in Fire

Ojai Community Comes Together To Help Family that Lost Everything in Fire

An Ojai family is trying to figure out what to do next after losing everything they…

Prom Boutique Lends Dresses For Free to Teens

Free Prom Dresses Available to Borrow For Teens

The Assistance League of Santa Barbara is having a prom boutique to help create…


'Fly Girls' fromSanta Barbara Ready for Air Race and to Promote Female Pilots

Three women, all in their 20's, are set to soar off on a dream of a lifetime.  …

Carpinteria Teacher Receives Milken Education Award

Carpinteria Teacher Receives Prestigious Milken Educator Award

Carpinteria teacher Brandon Sportel of Canalino Elementary, is the only educator in…

Irresistible Headlines

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Couple married 73 years dies 5 minutes apart

Heartbreaking or romantic? A Kentucky couple that was married for 73 years died…


This country fines you for being unemployed

Losing your job comes with an extra sting if you live in Belarus.

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Reports: Sofia Vergara's ex sues over embryos

Sofia Vergara's ex-fiancé is reportedly suing for custody of embryos the couple…

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Cops: Boston 'tree ninja' caught

Police in Boston believe they have apprehended a man who has been chopping down…

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Barbie's popularity plunges

There are few plot details about "Toy Story 4" -- which is coming out in 2017. But…


Crocs help cops catch alleged burglar

Crocs might make for comfortable footwear, but they're not much for covering one's…

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