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Mudslides in Montecito as Winter Rains Hit Fire-Ravaged SoCal

A mudslide shut down the 101 Freeway in Montecito, California, on Tuesday morning as heavy winter rains hit the region devastated by the recent Thomas fire. #BREAKING: Mudslide shuts down the 101 in Montecito. People asking to be rescued from

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Claim: ‘Deep State’ Resisting Trump’s Executive Order on Waters

A California company fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in court has written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to complain that Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers are still pursuing a case after President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on water policy removed the basis for the lawsuit.

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Dick Van Dyke: Bernie Sanders ‘The Sanest Man in America’

Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Barbara on Saturday, where he urged older voters to cast their ballots for the insurgent Democrat presidential candidate and called him “the sanest man in America.”

Paul Gusman (Santa Barbara County Sheriff via New York Daily News)

Half-Naked Man Assaults Elderly Pastor

Isla Vista pastor Father Jon-Stephen Hedges took an alleged 30 punches from a University of California Santa Barbara student who was half-naked, i.e. from the waist down.

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Popular News Anchor Faces DUI, Assault Charges

A Local television news anchor in California faces charges for driving under the influence (DUI) and assaulting a police officer after being tracked down and arrested Sunday evening.

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Illegal Alien May Face Death Penalty for Rape, Murder

Illegal alien Victor Martinez (Ramirez) is one of two men that could face the death penalty in California for first-degree murder in the brutal rape and bludgeoning–with a claw hammer–of 64-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Marilyn Pharis.

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Some California Tarballs Linked To Santa Barbara Oil Spill

A few of over one hundred tarballs collected on some southern California beaches were tested found to have come from the Santa Barbara oil spill that occurred on May 19 just north of Refugio Beach. Some samples were also connected to naturally occurring ocean floor seepage.

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Miles of SoCal Beach Closed Due to Mysterious Globs of Oil

Strange black blobs of tar-like goo surged on onto southern California’s Manhattan Beach by the thousands, closing down the two-mile area Wednesday while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the source and substance.

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500 Protesters Chant in Santa Barbara as Bacteria Munch the Oil Spill

The sad look of south Santa Barbara beaches after the recent oil spill is serving as a backdrop for environmental protesters to advance their causes that have little to do with the ocean’s birds and fish. But as the protesters chanted “End Oil Now!” billions of microscopic bacteria are feasting on the oil that has been on their diet for millenniums.

Oil Spill (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Volunteers Chased Away from Oil Spill in Santa Barbara

On Thursday, volunteers who had joined professional environmental cleanup contractors to remove the detritus from a Wednesday oil spill that washed up on Refugio State Beach were asked to go home and leave the job to the experts.

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Santa Barbara Paper Sticks with ‘Illegals’

A Santa Barbara newspaper, determined to hold its ground against its critics, has continued to use the term “illegals” when describing people living illegally in the United States, prompting protests and counter-protests in the normally serene city by the ocean.

Santa Barbara News-Press (Front Page)

CA Newspaper Vandalized for Using Term ‘Illegals’

The Santa Barbara News-Press will not change its usage of the term “illegals” to describe people in the United States without permission, despite an attack on Wednesday night or Thursday morning that left the message, “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it,” spray-painted in red on its front entrance.

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Govt Pays $2.5M, Congresswoman Capps Claims No Fault in Death of CA Woman

Parents Matt and Raeona Dies cannot bring their young daughter back to life, but have pushed to hold accountable those responsible in the DUI crash that killed her. A quiet early November settlement granted the couple $2.5 million from the United States Government, a co-defendant in the lawsuit seeking damages and asserting the Congressional aide behind the wheel that night became intoxicated on government time. Reports have indicated a possible cover-up from Congresswoman Capps’ office.