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'Star Wars' stormtroopers

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Obamas dance with stormtroopers, R2-D2 on Star Wars Day

May the dance be with you.

Sen Robert Bennett

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Former U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett dies

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett died Wednesday from complications due to pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke, according to a statement from his family.

Bennett was 82 years old.

"His final days were filled with kindness and love, and the ...

Trump lectern

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Democrats tie Trump to GOP Senate candidates

Democrats got the Republican presidential nominee they hoped for this week as they work to take back control of the Senate.

As soon as Donald Trump gained the presumptive nominee title -- following his Indiana primary win Tuesday -- Democrats swiftly ...

Smoking age going from 18 to 21 in California

Legal Smoking Age Going Up In California

Buying smokes will soon be like buying alcohol.

Clinton press conference

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Judge OKs depositions in Clinton email probe

A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan for the taking of depositions by several current and former State Department officials about Hillary Clinton's email server.



North Korea prepares for top political gathering

The sound of loudspeakers blaring at 6 a.m. is something I've come to expect when traveling to the North Korean capital. The citywide alarm signals the beginning of each new workday. But on this particular morning, the wake-up call went off an hour e...

Donald Trump, John Kasich

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Trump interested in Kasich as potential VP

Donald Trump on Wednesday said John Kasich is "doing the right thing" by dropping out of the presidential race, adding that he is interested in vetting the Ohio governor as a potential running mate.

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How Donald Trump defied all odds

Everyone said it wouldn't happen. Everyone was wrong.

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Sanders can't win just with pledged delegates

It is mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to win enough delegates in the remaining Democratic contests to secure the nomination, but his aides see a path through a convention battle in Philadelphia that would target the party's superdelegate...

DOJ, Department of Justice

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Justice Department challenges NC transgender law

The Justice Department has sent letters to North Carolina's governor and university system leaders notifying them that the state's transgender law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, according to a Justice Department official.


Donald Trump's white voter problem

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump faces all the familiar problems that previous GOP standard bearers have confronted over the last six cycles: awful numbers among young voters, women, Latinos and African-Americans.

Chris Matthews MSNBC

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Chris Matthews' Melania Trump remarks caught on hot mic

MSNBC's Chris Matthews was caught on a hot mic commenting on Melania Trump's "runway walk" during the network's Indiana primary coverage.

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Smoking age going from 18 to 21 in California

Smoking age going from 18 to 21 in California

Law takes effect next month to deter teen nicotine addictions


Inside North Korea ahead of rare congress

North Korea is just hours away from a once-in-a-generation political gathering that…

John Kasich drops out

Kasich: We were outspent 50 to 1

John Kasich says his campaign never had the money it needed.

Obama drinks Flint water

Obama drinks Flint water

President Barack Obama visits Flint, Michigan, and drinks the water.

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Orcutt Student Lexi Brown Loses Battle with Cancer

12 year old girl gained international attention for her courageous fight.

Smoking age going from 18 to 21 in California

Legal Smoking Age Going Up In California

Buying smokes will soon be like buying alcohol.

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The fire is out and firefighters are putting our hot spots. No structures were…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Fire Chief Fights to Fix Fatal Flaws in the 911 System

Who has a better system for identifying and processing mobile phone calls? The 9-1-…

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Free Shoes For Group Of Underprivileged Kids In Santa Barbara

A large group of  underprivileged kids in Santa Barbara received a special treat. A…

Tree Guild of Arroyo Grande Plants New Foliage Around Town

A non-profit organization in Arroyo Grande is helping to dig up the old and plant…

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Making Prom Dreams Come True

The cost of a dream prom for some girls can be quite out of reach.  But one local…

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Brazil sues miners for $44 billion after dam collapse

The fallout from a deadly Brazilian dam collapse is far from over for two of the…

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Flint employee reaches plea agreement in water crisis

Michael Glasgow, a former Flint city employee charged in connection with the city's…

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The faces of the Flint water crisis

When President Barack Obama visits Flint today, he will find a community that has…

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