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Missouri Republican dead after apparent suicide

A leading Republican candidate for Missouri's governor's office died in an apparent suicide on Thursday morning.

Thomas Schweich, the 54-year-old state auditor who'd just won a second term while running unopposed in 2014, was pronounced deceased fro...

Boehner says pucker up

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Boehner to media: Pucker up

House Speaker John Boehner had a message for reporters who want to know what he's going to do to keep the Department of Homeland Security: Pucker up.

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Wisconsin Senate passes 'right to work' bill

The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday passed a "right to work" bill Wednesday, sending it for likely approval to the GOP-controlled state Assembly.

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Leaders gather for CPAC 'boot camp'

In a tightly packed room at the Conservative Political Action Conference, more than a hundred conservatives sat down in rows or leaned against the walls to hear a half-dozen political operatives teach the basics of their trade and share one hard trut...

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Obama calls out GOP on immigration policy

President Barack Obama called out Republicans in Congress for "holding hostage" funding for the Department of Homeland Security, while challenging Americans to change the political environment that has caused immigration reform to stall during a town...

Jeh Johnson

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What happens if DHS shuts down?

Congress has just two days until Department of Homeland Security funding runs out, and it's anyone's guess whether they'll take the department off the cliff.

On Monday night, the Senate again voted down a DHS funding bill that included a measure rolli...


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DC legalizes pot, ignores House Republicans

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser defied congressional Republicans and implemented D.C.'s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana.

In implementing the new pot laws that went into effect Thursday, Bowser rebuffed two influential House Rep...

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Public Safety Top Priority in Santa Maria

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino and City Manager Rick Haydon delivered the annual State of the City at the Santa Maria Fairpark.


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Obama congratulates Walmart CEO on wage hike

President Barack Obama on Wednesday called Walmart CEO Doug McMillion to applaud him for raising wages for his workers $1.75 above the federal minimum wage.

According to the White House, the President made the call aboard Air Force One on Wednesday af...

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Christie answers questions after rocky month

It's been a rough February for Gov. Chris Christie, who answered a series of questions Wednesday about some of the negative headlines he's faced over his travel habits, views on vaccinations and position on testing standards.

The New Jersey Republica...


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Netanyahu says no to Dem meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined an invitation to hold a closed-door session with Democratic senators during his visit to Washington next month, saying such a meeting would "compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding hi...

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell

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Senate clears key hurdle in DHS impasse

After five attempts, the Senate finally cleared a key procedural hurdle on Wednesday to move forward on a measure that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, which is scheduled to run out of money on Friday.

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Boehner makes kisses at reporter

House Speaker John Boehner responds to reporter's questions with kisses.

Ben Carson, CPAC 2015

CPAC speaker: 'I'm not ready for Hillary'

Conservative Political Action Conference speaker Dr. Ben Carson takes a shot at…

Presidential veto pens

Where do presidential pens come from?

Meet the Rhode Island company that makes pens for presidents.

Arquette s Oscar Speech Sparks Equal Pay Legislation Talks

Arquette's Oscar Speech Sparks Equal Pay Legislation Talks

Lawmakers plan to announce equal pay legislation after Oscar speech touches a nerve

Jeh Johnson

Johnson discusses threat against Mall of America

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson discusses the Al-Shabaab threat against shopping…

Giuliani sticks by criticism of President Obama

Giuliani says he's received death threats after criticizing president

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he is now receiving death threats over…

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5 fun facts about Barack Obama

Happy birthday, Mr. President! President Barack Obama turned 53 on Monday. Find out…

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The British Monarchy

Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, celebrates his first…

Slideshow: SB County Voters to Decide High-Intensity Petroleum Ban

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Local Headlines

UPDATE: Train in Oxnard Metrolink Derailment Applied Brakes 8 Seconds Before Impact

In a Thursday afternoon press briefing, Robert Sumwalt with the National…

Santa Maria Skateboarder Struck by Car

A teenager spent the morning in a hospital after he was struck by a car and went…

ICE Building Nearing Completion in Santa Maria

Construction is almost complete for the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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Tipline Investigation Craigslist Rental Scam

Tipline Investigation: Craigslist Scam Targets Desperate Renters

In this Tipline investigation we expose a rental scam that will have you doing a…

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Tipline Investigation: Charities Struggle with Run or Dye Broken Promises

Trouble is brewing for the company that puts on the popular Run or Dye events. …

Santa Barbara City Council Agrees to ZIR Changes

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving ahead with changes to its Zoning…

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Bishop Diego Students Volunteer For Day of Service

Bishop Diego High School students, teachers and staff spent the day volunteering at…

Father-Son Hiking Duo Bring New Faces On Adventures

A Santa Barbara County Father has made a tradition of hiking every year with his 8…

FoodBank CEO Winds Down Food Security Challenge

FoodBank CEO Winds Down Food Security Challenge

The FoodBank CEO is winding down his Food Security Challenge where he has lived on…

Environmental News

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

President Barack Obama, exercising his veto power for the first time in five years,…

Tule River drought

NASA: Parts of US facing 'megadroughts'

There is no precedent in contemporary weather records for the kinds of droughts the…

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Nearly 200 whales stuck on New Zealand beach

Conservationists are racing to try to save more than 170 whales stranded on a remote…

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