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Senate confirms McDonald as Veterans Affairs secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, a former corporate CEO and an ex-Army officer, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Frustrated governor writes Obama about border kids

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam expressed frustration with the Obama administration's decision to place 760 unaccompanied minors in his state without notification.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama dated July 25, Haslam said it was "unaccepta...

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Boehner denies GOP plans to impeach Obama

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama, blasting talk about it as "a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

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Obama announces new sanctions against Russia

New, stepped-up U.S. sanctions against Russia as tensions continue in Ukraine will ratchet up pressure against the country, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

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WH: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

If lawmakers delay taking action now on climate change it could cost taxpayers exponentially more in the future to deal with the effects of a warming planet, the White House is warning Tuesday.

SB County Supervisors to Clarify Measure P Intent

Santa Barbara County Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, using his power as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, has called a special meeting of his fellow supervisors and county staff in the middle of the traditional summer recess to address what he says is a major legal concern for the county.

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Obama admits boyhood crush on Linda Ronstadt

During an awards ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama whispered in the ear of superstar musician Linda Ronstadt that he once had a crush on her.

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U.S.: Russia violated missile treaty

The United States accused Russia on Monday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing cruise missile tests that date to 2008, senior State Department and White House officials said.

"This is a very serious matter which we ...

Shelter Volunteer Mourns Dog Killed By Other Dogs

Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter is reviewing its procedures after an employee accidentally left a shelter gate open. On Thursday dogs slipped out of the gate and killed a dog in quarantine pending an appeal in a dangerous dog hearing.

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Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex ban

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed.

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes...

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What will get done before Congress' recess?

Congress faces several big issues before beginning its August recess at the end of the week.

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First lady steps up political push

Michelle Obama is asking Democrats to get serious -- about voting in November's midterm elections.

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Obama: 'I had a crush on Linda Ronstadt'

President Obama admits he "had a little crush on Linda Ronstadt" during the Medal of…

County Supervisors to Clarify Measure P Intent

Property owner lawsuits threaten ballot measure as written.

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Hopes dim for a Mideast cease-fire

As the violence continues to rage in Gaza, hopes for a cease-fire are dimming.

Shelter Volunteer Mourns Dog Killed By Other Dogs

Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter is reviewing its procedures after an employee…

US evacuates embassy in Libya

US embassy in Libya evacuated

The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated about 150 personnel on Saturday because of…

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Chumash Details Hotel-Casino Expansion

12-story, 215 room tower part of expansion project

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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

Slideshow: Carpinteria Considers Two New Hotels

Slideshow: Desalination Plant Could Cost $20 Million To Open Again

Local Headlines

First Spirt of Fiesta To Be Parade Grand Marshal

First Spirit of Fiesta To Be Parade Grand Marshal

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days is celebrating 90 years this week and Friday is the…

Two Injured In Early Morning Buellton Crash

Buellton Rollover Injures Two In Early-Morning Accident

Two people were sent to the hospital following an early-morning car accident in…

Witnesses Help Ventura Police Make Arrest Following Stabbing

Ventura Police arrest a stabbing suspect Monday night thanks to help from witnesses.

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NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

In this Tipline story, we help a man battered by life. A series of tragic events…

Woman Featured In Tipline Story Gets $25,000

NewsChannel 3 has a nice surprise for a woman who battled the City of Santa Barbara…

Six Year Fight To Save Historic Beach Cabana Is Over

Santa Barbara County Historic Landmark #49, also known as the Irene and Frances…

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Lompoc Girl Surprised With Make-A-Wish Trip

Eight year old Carina Castaneda of Lompoc, who lives with leukemia, was surprised by…

Local family raises money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Father/Daughter Team Raising Money and Awareness for Leukemia Research

One year ago, a Goleta woman was faced with any mother's worst nightmare: having a…

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

The 9th Annual Blow The Motor Night blew up four donated car motors.

Environmental News

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General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases

The maker of Cheerios says climate change isn't just bad for humanity, it's bad for…

Pollution, smoke stacks

WH: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

If lawmakers delay taking action now on climate change it could cost taxpayers…

Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada train explosion

US aims to make oil transport safer

When a runaway train exploded in a Quebec town last year, the fireball killed 47,…

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