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Santa Barbara Bank of America Branch Re-Opens

An upper State Street branch of Bank of America re-opened Thursday after being  closed for several days to an electrical problem.

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From amazon.com

How Amazon may solve the glaring weakness of noise-canceling headphones

Headphone wearers may one day have the best of both worlds.

Anyone seeking to tune out the world around them already has access to high-tech headphones capable of muffling the sounds. Noise-canceling headphones cost several hundred dollars, but are a ...

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From Uber/CNN

How Uber punishes drivers who refuse to use UberPool

Uber has adopted a tactic with its drivers that parents use on misbehaving children: timeouts.

Uber drivers who turn down ride requests risk having their workday paused as Uber locks them out of its system for up to 15 minutes. Some drivers wait patie...

Hubble Telescope

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Peering into the atmospheres of newly discovered planets

For a craft that was launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to provide us with awe-inspiring firsts. This time, researchers pointed its venerable lens in the direction of Earth-size planets beyond our solar system to give us the first...

Dolly the sheep

Toni Barros/Wikimedia Commons

Dolly the sheep's cloned sisters enjoy good health

Though growing old, Dolly's sheep siblings are no worse for wear.

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CNN

Beaten-down Apple stock has best day in 2 years

Apple doesn't have to do much to wow Wall Street these days.

The iPhone maker provided another sober reminder of how its days of hyper growth are long gone. Apple posted its second-straight quarter of shrinking sales, led by another drop in smartphone...

Clinton nominated Kaine

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Owner of ClintonKaine.com wants $90,000

A lawyer and artist in Washington D.C. hopes to gain tens of thousands of dollars from a prescient decision he made years ago.

Xiaomi Notebook Air

Xiaomi via CNN

Xiaomi's new 'Notebook Air' looks an awful lot like a MacBook

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi has unveiled its first-ever laptop -- a sleek machine with solid performance specs and an attractive price.

One problem: The new computer looks an awful lot like Apple's MacBook Air. It's even called the "Mi Notebook Air."

Pokemon GO

The Pokemon Company via CNN

Nintendo delays release of Pokemon Go Plus

Nintendo's bad week just got worse.

The Japanese video game developer said Wednesday it's delaying the release of Pokemon Go Plus, an accessory for the wildly popular smartphone game. It also posted a net loss of $233 million for the latest quarter.

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Galilean moons of Jupiter, NASA drawing

NASA

Jupiter's giant, red hot storm heats the entire planet

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the humungous storm that has roiled the gas giant for up to 300 years, heats the atmosphere above it to scorching temperatures, new findings show.

Atmospheric temperatures on Jupiter range from around 930 degrees Celsius (1,...

2016 DNC

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Signs point to Russia in DNC hack

There's mounting evidence that hackers in Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee, but the FBI isn't pointing the finger yet.

Blackberry-Passport

Courtesy Blackberry

BlackBerry says new device is 'world's most secure' smartphone

BlackBerry is on a mission to stay competitive and relevant in the smartphone market even as it kills off its most iconic product.

Environmental Headlines

Heat wave

Deadly heat wave scorches central and eastern U.S.

Dangerously high temperatures will keep scorching the Northeast in the wake of a…

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio, friends raise $45M for environment

Not surprisingly, Leonardo DiCaprio has some wealthy, famous friends. As it turns…

Water bottles

Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel

Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute the world. What if they could be turned…

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Two arson suspects arrested in Colorado wildfire

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men Sunday on suspicion of…

Army veteran frees eagle by shooting rope

An Army veteran in Minnesota who saw an eagle dangling from a tree with a rope…

Zero waste lifestyle

Four years' trash, one jar ... zero waste

Meet Lauren Singer, a regular New Yorker with one key difference -- a zero waste…

Local Headlines

Reagan Shooter's Release Garners Strong Opinions with Locals

The man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan will be released after 35 years.

SM MAYOR CANDIDATE

Will Smith Candidate For Santa Maria Mayor

Former School Board member, teacher to challenge incumbent Alice Patino.

Dallas Cowboys Coming To Ventura County

The Dallas Cowboys football team arrived in Ventura County this week. The Boys in…

Oil hearing may lead to change for trial location

Not Guilty Plea Entered by Oil Company After Major Spill

A not guilty plea has been entered by Plains All-American Pipeline and one employee…

Lompoc Police and United Boys and Girls Club to Hold Community Walk

The Lompoc Police Department and the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara…

Politics Taking Over Facebook Feeds

Politics Taking Over Facebook Feeds

With such a divided election, many people are taking to Facebook with their…

What's Right

Hundreds of Santa Barbara County Kids Play Olympic Style Games

Over 300 kids from United Way of Santa Barbara County will be play in their own…

California Wine Festival Brings Northern And Southern California Vintners Together in Santa Barbara

Northern, Central and Southern California winemakers found themselves at the center…

Local After School Program Recognized for Helping to Keep Kids Healthy

Seven Santa Barbara Schools were recognized with Distinguished After School Health (…

Rehabilitated Elephant Seal Pups Return to the Ocean

Rehabilitated Elephant Seal Pups Return to the Ocean

Channel Island Coast Guard and California Wildlife Commission team members worked to…

Hundreds of Kids Experience Classical Music in Santa Barbara's 'Fun in the Sun' Event

More than 300 kids will visit the Music Academy of the West and watch and exclusive…

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade Preparations Underway

The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade will be taking over the city tomorrow, but…

Irresistible Headlines

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts employee sprays donuts with bleach

Police are investigating an incident in which an employee of the fast food chain…

Marian Regional Medical Center Opens First Electrophysiology Program in Northern Santa Barbara County

Marian Regional Medical Center held its grand opening and ribbon cutting of the…

Chinese Rocket Creates Bright Ball of Light in the Sky

Did you see the bright ball of light in the sky Wednesday night? It's wasn't a…

naked bridal shop man

Co-owner of bridal shop stood naked in store window

Three Pennsylvania women reported a man standing naked in the window of a local…

Robotics Camp in Santa Ynez Provides Engineering Education to Children

25 children from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian Reservation are spending a…

hand pressing ATM buttons

Man leaves clothes as collateral at pub

A Czech man was able to settle his bill at a local pub after leaving his clothes…

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