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Cruisin' Nationals Car Show Driving Visitors and Business to Santa Maria

The popular West Coast Kustoms Cruisin' Nationals car show annually draws thousands of visitors to Santa Maria providing a huge economic boost to business in the city.

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Gov't data: 23% of US homes have 2 (or more) fridges

Americans love refrigerators. They even give them a nickname: "fridge."

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Still anemic: U.S. growth picks up to only 0.8%

America's economy grew a little more at the beginning of the year than first thought, but it's still not much to celebrate.

Billionaires Club

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Millionaires: Success due to hard work, family values

Most high net worth Americans say they worked their way up from a lower class.

That's according to a report released by U.S. Trust on Monday, based on a survey that asked 684 adults in the U.S. with $3 million or more of "investible assets" hundreds o...

Scripps Spelling Bee

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What makes a good speller (or a bad one)?

Research published this year in the journal Brain suggests it has something to do with how some people's brains retrieve words -- or don't -- and how we manage to get them out -- or not.

Adults Relieving Stress at New Santa Maria Library Coloring Program

A new coloring program at the Santa Maria Public Library is designed to let adult explore their artistic talents in a therapeutic activity that also relieves stress and anxiety.

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Rare 'Inverted Jenny' stamp valued at $1.6M

There are only 100 "Inverted Jenny" stamps in existence. So when one goes on sale, it's a big deal.

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States sue feds over transgender measure

Eleven states are suing the Obama administration over a directive about transgender students in public schools, The Associated Press and Reuters reported.

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Concerns On New Open Adoption Policy For Pets

A former Volunteer claims that a new adoption policy could have led to the death of a recently adopted dog.

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California Bill Legalizes Window Smashing to Save Overheated Pets

California lawmakers are set to propose AB 797, a new law that would allow people who see a pet in a hot car to legally break the window to rescue it.

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Twitter will stretch its 140-character limit

Twitter says it's stretching the iconic 140-character limit on tweets, taking @names and images out of the count.

Snapchat

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Snapchat could soon be worth more than $20 billion

Snapchat could be soon be valued at north of $20 billion. That is, if investors bite.

Snapchat looks to be seeking at least $200 million in new funding, according to a filing provided by VC Experts, which shows the company authorized 7.5 million new ...

Entertainment Headlines

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Heard granted restraining order against Depp

A Los Angeles judge granted Amber Heard a temporary restraining order Friday against…

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'Glee' actor facing child porn charges

Actor Mark Salling, best known as Noah Puckerman on "Glee," has been indicted on…

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Gawker has this billionaire in its corner

Gawker learned this week that billionaire Peter Thiel is funding legal cases against…

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Steven Spielberg to Harvard grads: Be a real-life movie hero

In an "unapologetically sentimental" speech, Steven Spielberg told Harvard…

Jennifer Lawrence in X-Man Apocalypse

'X-Men: Apocalypse' has DNA for box office success

The X-Men look to save the day following last year's apocalyptic Memorial Day box…

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Rapper Troy Ave suspected of shooting at T.I. concert in New York

Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after a deadly music hall shooting in New York on…

Travel Headlines

TSA, airport security

TSA chief says agency still analyzing staffing needs

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says the agency's first…

Ben Gurion Airport, Israel

Ben Gurion: the world's most secure airport?

As security concerns mount at international airports, more security officials are…

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Thailand dive sites shut over coral bleaching

More than 10 diving sites in Thailand's national marine parks have closed due to…

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Holiday weekend traffic likely to be deadlier

Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. But along with beach trips, barbecues and…

Senegal

8 dazzling reasons to visit Senegal

The most westerly point of Africa is surprisingly undiscovered by English-speaking…

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TSA chief open to private airport security

The head of the nation's airport security said Thursday that airports can decide…

Technology Headlines

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After glitch, NASA reinflates habitat

NASA successfully inflated its first expandable space habitat Saturday and now it's…

Mars in space

Mars and Earth are getting closer

It's a great time to get a close-up look at Mars, even if you don't have a telescope.

SpaceX launch Falcon 9

Another success for SpaceX rocket

SpaceX landed one of its rockets on an offshore platform Friday, the third time in…

Automotive Headlines

Cruisin' Nationals Car Show Driving Visitors and Business to Santa Maria

The popular West Coast Kustoms Cruisin' Nationals car show annually draws thousands…

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French gas shortages fuel interest in electric cars

When's the best time to advertise electric cars? The middle of a gas shortage.

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French workers step up protests, hit fuel supply

Burning tires, tear gas and clashes with riot police -- the ugly scenes that come…

Pet Headlines

Open Adoption Policy

Concerns On New Open Adoption Policy For Pets

A former Volunteer claims that a new adoption policy could have led to the death of…

California Bill Legalizes Window Smashing to Save Overheated Pets

California lawmakers are set to propose AB 797, a new law that would allow people…

Dog illness identified by intern

Dog's mystery illness solved by intern

Man's best friend gets a second chance at life; thanks to an intern.

House and Home Headlines

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Gov't data: 23% of US homes have 2 (or more) fridges

Americans love refrigerators. They even give them a nickname: "fridge."

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The housing market is suddenly hot again

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. It doesn't feel like the U.S. economy…

Obama's new house

Peek inside Obama's post-presidential pad

President Barack Obama will lease a home in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood…

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