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US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued. The 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were recovered and are on board the USS Mesa Verde, and some who sustained minor injuries were treated on the ship. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed...

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2 hours 27 minutes ago

SMPD: Suspicious device was grenade

Police say a device safely removed from a car at the Santa Barbara County court complex parking lot in Santa Maria Monday morning was a grenade. Santa Maria police say someone found the device in a box in a Nipomo storage unit they recently purchased in an auction. ... Read Story

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2 hours 49 minutes ago

Suspicious device removed in Santa Maria

Authorities say a suspicious device found inside a car at the Santa Barbara County court complex parking lot in Santa Maria has been removed. Santa Maria police arrived at the complex in the 300 block of East Cook Street Monday morning. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's bomb squad... Read Story

10 hours 47 minutes ago

Trash pick-up changes for Labor Day

If you live in Solvang, Guadalupe, or the unincorporated areas of northern Santa Barbara County, Waste Management won't be picking up trash Monday because of the Labor Day holiday. The pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day. Normal operations resume Tuesday. In San Luis Obispo county, Waste... Read Story

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3 hours 58 minutes ago

Minor quake hits Northern California

GILROY, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has registered a minor earthquake in Northern California. The magnitude-3.5 quake struck around 9:10 a.m. Monday about six miles southeast of Gilroy. Gilroy is about 30 miles south of San Jose. A Gilroy police dispatcher says she felt a jolt from the... Read Story

5 hours 49 minutes ago

California school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot. The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired. The... Read Story

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17 hours 17 minutes ago

California school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot. The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scar did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired. The... Read Story

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4 hours 18 minutes ago

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that... Read Story

8 hours 10 minutes ago

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws. Researchers who have studied the issue are divided. Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking - all those are important... Read Story

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