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Wildfire Burning in California Mountains Grows

GOLETA — A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames would be doused, authorities said. The fire was mainly burning...
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Search Warrants Served in California Boat Fire Investigation

SANTA BARBARA — Authorities served search warrants Sunday at the Southern California company that owned the scuba diving boat that caught fire and killed 34 people last week. Agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and o...

Oprah the Politician? Run for County Supervisor First

Opinion by Joe Mathews Dear Oprah, You might become a fine president. But you and your state, California, would be better off if you ran for Santa Barbara County supervisor instead. That’s no joke. If you want to tackle some of our nati...

Is Climate Change Behind California Wildfires?

Gov. Jerry Brown was quick to attribute the numerous wildfires statewide to climate change. However, while not necessarily disputing Brown’s claims, a KQED report from Jacob Margolis provides quite a bit mor...