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Power outage forces road closure near Alvin Elementary in Santa Maria

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More than 1,700 customers are without power in Santa Maria early Thursday morning. 

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Lompoc firefighters respond to fire in riverbed

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Lompoc Firefighters responded to reports of a fire just north of the Robinson Bridge at approximately 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

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DETROIT (AP) - Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn. 

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Foggy morning for coastal valleys and beaches

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As temperatures gradually rise to triple digits for the inland valleys, the coastal valleys and beaches are starting the morning with marine layer and fog ahead of afternoon clearing. Northwesterly winds will push that fog and marine layer out of the area by the early afternoon making for mostly sunny skies throughout the afternoon. Daytime highs at the beaches will vary from the low 60s to low 70s. Coastal valley temperatures are still within the mid-70s to the low 80s range and wil...

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Annual skateboard competition returns to Lompoc

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Grab your skateboard and helmet. This weekend is the annual skateboard competition in Lompoc.

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Graduates from Allan Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy ready to hit the streets

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Another class of men and women graduated from Allan Hancock College's Law Enforcement Academy.  Fifteen successfully completed the 21 week course.  The graduates range in age from 21-39 years old.  Two of them are veterans.  Twelve have already secured positions with law enforcement agencies including the Santa Barbara Police Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriffs Office. More>>

New police station could be coming to Santa Barbara

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A new police station and parking structure could be coming to down Santa Barbara.  The city council approved thee next phase of the project this week.  Now the search is on for a location.  The council is considering both city owned property and private land but the goal is to build the new station downtown and out of the flood zone.  The city hopes to have th elocation locked down by the end of the year.

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Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd.    

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NYC regulations could take big bite out of Airbnb profits

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Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits.  

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Cannabis taxes pick up in California but still far off target

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When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is getting a sluggish start.

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Work is underway on the Chevron SLO Tank Farm Remediation Project

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Chevron is working to clean up hazardous residue just off a heavily traveled road in San Luis Obispo.

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Adopt a cat for free this weekend in Santa Barbara County

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If you're in the market for a new furry friend, you can adopt a cat for free at six locations in Santa Barbara County this weekend. 

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DA reviewing potential sexual assault charges against Paso Robles PD sergeant

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office confirms it is reviewing a potential criminal case against Paso Robles Police Sgt. Christopher McGuire involving allegations of sexual assault. 

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Temps approach triple digits inland Thursday and stay warm into next week

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An upper level ridge continues to build over The West.  This will start to warm the inland valleys back up after several comfortable days.  Thursday highs in northern SLO county will already near 100 and likely get there and stay there Friday into the middle of next week. 

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Report: Central Coast commuters lose hundreds of dollars due to poor road conditions

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A transportation study released Wednesday found “poor road” conditions are costing California’s Central Coast residents hundreds of dollars and countless hours of lost time. 

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Attempted kidnapping charge dropped against Los Osos woman

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office says attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment charges against a Los Osos woman have been dropped.

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Plans to build new police station in Santa Barbara move forward

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Santa Barbara is moving forward with plans to build a new police station and parking structure in the Downtown area.

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Community mourns death of well-known Central Coast artist

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A Central Coast artist well known for his vibrant, contemporary paintings has died, two weeks after suffering major injuries in a car crash. 

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Notes of support pour in for 2 who started Northern California blaze

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A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received hundreds of cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty.   

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Most Wanted Wednesday: John David Becker

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John David Becker, 36, is the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Most Wanted Wednesday suspect this week. 

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11 local businesses make list of fastest-growing companies

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Nearly a dozen local businesses made this year's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

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People living in riverbed near Lompoc issued eviction notices

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The City of Lompoc has issued 66 eviction notices to people living in the Santa Ynez Riverbed. 

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Apps offer back-to-school savings

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It's back-to-school shopping time and that means plenty of spending, but did you know it can mean a bit of earning, too? 

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School begins for students in Atascadero, Lompoc

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Thousands of students are heading back to school this week. Wednesday marked the first day of classes for students in the Atascadero and Lompoc Unified School districts.

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New report shows local roadways costing drivers hundreds of dollars annually

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A new study released by "TRIP", a national transportation research organization finds that driving on Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo roads is costing the average driver $1,419 annually. 

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Kids can test robotic surgery skills in Santa Barbara

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Kids in Santa Barbara can experience a hands-on mock robotic surgery at Cottage Hospital this Friday. 

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"Shoes for Students" holding annual golf tournament fundraiser

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Shoes for Students provides gift cards to local students who need clothes and shoes.

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Local firefighters feel the weight of the most deadly firefighting season

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This is the most fatal year for firefighters in California since 2008. Losing fire firefighters and other personnel at the frontlines of the worst fires in California history is weighing on the fire community. 

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Hotel Serra awards free stays to raffle winners

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Staff awarded three two-night stays at Hotel Serra Tuesday, offering people the chance to become some of the first guests at the high-end San Luis Obispo hotel.

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Arroyo Grande City Council approves marijuana ordinance amendment

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The Arroyo Grande City Council voted to approve a rollback on an ordinance that limits marijuana delivery services. 

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California lawmakers advance bill to boost leaders' power

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California lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would let legislative leaders raise and spend more money to help their preferred candidates. 

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Vo's Little Pros: Tremendous Trevor Bell

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Eight-year-old Junior Olympic swimmer Trevor Bell is making a splash on the Central Coast despite having only on leg.

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Questions raised about DA forensic interviewer's credentials

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Questions have been raised about a District Attorney staffer’s credentials.

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Shell of a rescue: Firefighters free tortoise caught in hole

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A large tortoise trapped inside a hole for several days in Southern California has been rescued by firefighters.

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Firefighters pause to help exhausted deer during battle against Holy Fire

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Firefighters are making good progress on the Holy Fire burning in Southern California. 

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Rescue crews pull surfer from water in Cayucos

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Emergency crews responded to a surf rescue along the coast of Cayucos Tuesday afternoon.

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Water begins to fill Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool after renovations

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Renovations to the Neptune Pool are complete and it's being filled with water permanently for the first time in four years. 

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California pot officials hear litany of problems

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California cannabis regulators heard a long list of complaints and concerns Tuesday at a Los Angeles hearing, as the state considers changes to rules that govern the pot economy.

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California may redo law to treat, free suspects

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to tighten a law he signed weeks ago that critics say could have freed rapists and murderers who completed two years of mental health treatment.  

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42-year-old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire

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Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 6-year-old son in early August and volunteered to head to California along with 37 other firefighters from the state to help battle blazes that have been ravaging homes in the coastal state.     

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Local health club raising money for those affected by California wildfires

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While the holidays are still months away, you may begin to notice the Salvation Army's iconic red kettles at Kennedy Club Fitness locations throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

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Foods Co.'s Visa credit card ban goes into effect Tuesday

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As of Tuesday, Aug. 14, Foods Co. stores are no longer accept Visa credit cards. 

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AAA: Seniors aren't discussing driving safety

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The decision to retire from driving is a difficult one for many senior citizens, yet the overwhelming majority aren't talking about it with family or physicians.

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The Latest: Yosemite National Park reopens to smoky air

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Weird Al Yankovic to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame this month

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A Cal Poly grad will be getting a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month. 

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Latest: Firefighters fight to curb blaze before winds return

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The Latest: Northern California 'fire whirl' reached 143 mph

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The Latest: Southern California wildfire evacuations lifted

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  • Colorado man arrested after pregnant wife, 2 children vanish

    Colorado man arrested after pregnant wife, 2 children vanish

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:05 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:05:05 GMT
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    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.
    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.
  • Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

    Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-08-16 06:18:15 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:13:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Locher). In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Maria Nieto, right, and Alma Romo, second from left, register people to vote in Las Vegas. Democrats in Nevada are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping ...(AP Photo/John Locher). In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Maria Nieto, right, and Alma Romo, second from left, register people to vote in Las Vegas. Democrats in Nevada are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping ...
    Nevada Democrats are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping to re-create the big wins the state's Hispanic and immigrant community helped deliver in 2016.
    Nevada Democrats are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping to re-create the big wins the state's Hispanic and immigrant community helped deliver in 2016.
  • Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

    Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-08-15 05:56:04 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:12:51 GMT
    (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP). Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, background left, and running mate Michelle Fischbach as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 201...(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP). Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, background left, and running mate Michelle Fischbach as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 201...
    Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career.
    Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career.
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  • The Latest: Turkey finance chief tries to reassure investors

    The Latest: Turkey finance chief tries to reassure investors

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:50 AM EDT2018-08-16 12:50:21 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:22:01 GMT
    (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool). Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey...(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool). Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey...
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which Macron said that Turkey's economic stability is important for France.
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which Macron said that Turkey's economic stability is important for France.
  • Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

    Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:30 AM EDT2018-08-16 07:30:03 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:21:58 GMT
    The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy.
    The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy.
  • Judge orders women to begin defense in Kim Jong Nam's murder

    Judge orders women to begin defense in Kim Jong Nam's murder

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:15:01 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:21:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun). Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she arrives for a court hearing at Shah Alam High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Malaysian court will rule on Thursday whether the two women, D...(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun). Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she arrives for a court hearing at Shah Alam High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Malaysian court will rule on Thursday whether the two women, D...
    Two women on trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother have arrived at a Malaysian court for a key ruling.
    Two women on trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother have arrived at a Malaysian court for a key ruling.
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