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Americans pay more for slower Internet

When it comes to Internet speeds, the U.S. lags behind much of the developed world.

That's one of the conclusions from a new report by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, which looked at the cost and speed of Internet access i...

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A 'hard,' deadly day for space tourism

With the same peril that the Wright Brothers faced in becoming the first men to fly planes, mankind's quest for space tourism is also fraught with deadly trial and error.

Map of SpacecraftTwo crash

CNN

1 pilot dead in Virgin's spaceship failure

The first sign there was a problem Friday with Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo came at about 45,000 feet, just two minutes after the spaceplane separated from the jet-powered aircraft that carried it aloft, officials said.

It wasn't something overt wi...

Antares rocket explodes, NASA rocket explodes

NASA

Rocket operator deliberately destroyed it

The unmanned Antares rocket that exploded off the coast of Virginia was deliberately destroyed after it became apparent there was a problem, a spokesman for Orbital Sciences Corporation said Thursday.

The flight termination system was engaged, Barron ...

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Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic loses $500 million spaceship

The Virgin Galactic spaceship that exploded Friday, claiming at least one life, cost nearly $500 million to develop.

Virgin has sold more than 700 tickets, each costing more than $250,000, for future flights. Several celebrities have already signed up...

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Microsoft: New Band gizmo can make you a 'better human'

Microsoft has launched a new smartwatch, and it makes some majorly lofty promises.

Tim Cook at Apple event

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Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek...

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Movie theaters ban Google Glass, other wearables

That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in "Gone Girl"? Don't even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late Wednesday a "zero tolerance policy" towards wearable recording devices.

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The world is running out of plasma TVs

The last company to make plasma TV screens for U.S. consumers said this week that it would stop production of plasma sets in November. The widely expected announcement by LG has put the final nail in plasma TV's coffin.

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Feds fine dating site for making fake profiles

Turns out I'm not actually that popular with the ladies of flirtcrowd.com. The Federal Trade Commission has fined UK-based JDI Dating for using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships.

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Sign up for 'Wasting time on the Internet' 101

You can now get college credit for watching all those cat videos. The University of Pennsylvania is offering a class next semester titled "Wasting time on the Internet," in which students will "focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature."

Exploded rocket launch pad after

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Failure of rocket off Virginia investigated

Teams of investigators were out at daybreak Wednesday examining damage to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility after an unmanned rocket exploded shortly after launch on the Virginia coast, NASA spokeswoman Rachel Kraft told CNN via email.

Environmental Headlines

New frog in New York

New species of frog found in ... NYC

New York is famous for its singular residents: Loudmouthed taxi drivers. Hirsute…

Smog masks, China

Unmasking a new trend: Stylish smog masks

High fashion isn't often inspired by environmental hazards, but as air pollution…

Shrimp

Study: 30% of shrimp products misrepresented

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it and saute it, but one of America's…

Solar eclipse

Partial solar eclipse on Thursday at sundown

The cosmos will cast an afternoon delight over the country on Thursday with a…

Beijing Marathon smog

Beijing Marathon competitors brave smog

If running a 42 kilometer foot race was not tough enough, Sunday's Beijing…

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DiCaprio, Netflix team up for documentary

What do you get when you combine gorillas, Leonard DiCaprio and Netflix?

A hit, the…

Local Headlines

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Large Tree Blocks Entire Road in Isla Vista

A large tree branch fell across the road in Isla Vista Friday evening.

Lompoc Gang Members Arrested In Alleged Attack

Lompoc police have arrested nine people suspected in a gang related attack.

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New Fencing Approved For Isla Vista Cliff

Plans are in the works for a new line of protection in Isla Vista for students on…

Pumpkin Sculptor Offers Tips At McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Sculptor Offers Tips At McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch

Kids got a kick out of Terri Hardin's great pumpkin. The creator for the "Pumpkin…

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Man Accused of Killing Deputy During DUI Hit And Run Posts Bail

Kevin Hogrefe didn't answer the door to his Camarillo apartment after posting a…

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Victim Slain In Alleged Domestic Dispute Identified

There are several new developments in what Santa Barbara police call a deadly case…

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Sea Otter Pup Rescued in Santa Barbara Is Receiving Care at

Sea Otter Pup Rescued In Santa Barbara Is Receiving Care at SeaWorld

A baby sea otter is being nursed back to health at SeaWorld.

Sweets Help a Friend with Cancer

Garden Court Halloween Sweets Help a Friend Living with Cancer

The Garden Court Independent Living Center in Santa Barbara has been raising money…

Rescue Mission Needs 800 Turkeys for Holiday Season

Thanksgiving may be five weeks away, but the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is in…

Goleta Woman Raises Thousands For Friend

Goleta Woman Raises Over $22,000 For Friend With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Goleta woman decided to raise…

Students Learn About Agriculture In Kinderpatch

Students Learn About Agriculture in ‘Kinderpatch’

In the spirit of the fall season, hundreds of kids from Orcutt and Santa Maria…

Media Center Ribbon Cutting At Bishop Diego High School

Media Center Now Open at Bishop Diego High School

Bishop Diego High School unveiled a brand new media center Thursday night. The…

Irresistible Headlines

Alabama dog Bo turns in owner

Dog gets owner arrested

Man's best friend? Maybe not.

A pooch in Alabama got its owner busted for alleged…

New frog in New York

New species of frog found in ... NYC

New York is famous for its singular residents: Loudmouthed taxi drivers. Hirsute…

Sea Otter Pup Rescued in Santa Barbara Is Receiving Care at

Sea Otter Pup Rescued In Santa Barbara Is Receiving Care at SeaWorld

A baby sea otter is being nursed back to health at SeaWorld.

Smog masks, China

Unmasking a new trend: Stylish smog masks

High fashion isn't often inspired by environmental hazards, but as air pollution…

Illinois teen wins lottery

Teen wins $4M on lotto tickets given as birthday gift

A Chicago teen wins $4 million on lottery tickets her father gave her as a birthday…

Meredith s Weekend Picks 10-31-14

Fun Things for You This Weekend!

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

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