Human West Nile Virus Cases Reported On South Coast

Ventura County Public Health officials say there’s one confirmed case, and two other potential cases of potentially dangerous West Nile Virus in the county. Because of patient confidentiality laws, the county isn’t releasing specifics about the three cases.
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Federal investigators have released a massive report on their investigation of the February, 2015 Metrolink accident in Ventura County which left one person dead, and 31 others injured.

The more than 2,000 page report contains information and interviews collected by the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the Oxnard accident. However, it doesn’t include conclusions into why the accident happened, with those results still pending. The train plowed into a pickup truck with a trailer which had been driven onto the tracks, and apparently became stuck.

Federal investigators have released a massive report on their investigation of the February, 2015 Metrolink accident in Ventura County which left one person dead, and 31 others injured.

The more than 2,000 page report contains information and interviews collected by the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the Oxnard accident. However, it doesn’t include conclusions into why the accident happened, with those results still pending. The train plowed into a pickup truck with a trailer which had been driven onto the tracks, and apparently became stuck.

Hundreds of freshmen college students in Ventura County started their college careers Monday not in classrooms, but by working in the community.

It's an annual community service project called "You Got Served" involving a local university, and the City of Ventura.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters have been able to boost containment up to 68% on a wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, and are hoping to continue progress against the Rey Fire even as dangerous fire conditions build in the region.

Ventura County Public Health officials say there’s one confirmed case, and two other potential cases of potentially dangerous West Nile Virus in the county.

Because of patient confidentiality laws, the county isn’t releasing specifics about the three cases.

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UCSB Scientists Create Guidelines for Resurrecting Extinct Species

The woolly mammoth and other extinct animals may someday be brought back to life, and UC Santa Barbara scientists are thinking about how to make de-extinction more ecologically responsible. It may be just a matter of time before genetic engineering and cloning are used to resurrect extinct species. “We want to make sure that it works in a way that doesn’t make curiosities for zoos but a way that does something that is meaningful and healthy for ecosystems,” UCSB assistant professor Douglas McCauley said.
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If you doubt that Ryan Lochte is going on Dancing With The Stars to try to change the subject away from what he himself has called his "immature, intoxicated behavior" during the Rio Olympics, where he admits he lied about at least some of his story about being robbed at gunpoint, just ask him. It's not a secret.

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice.

When people hear the word drought, they likely think of California. But there's also an extreme drought in parts of New England. The Northeast is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade.

The Northeast has more than 175,000 farms that produce more than $21 billion a year in food, hay and flowers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But this year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.

Early Sunday evening, news broke that Juan Gabriel, one of the most famous Mexican singers in history, had passed away at age 66. At dinner, my friend and colleague Adrian Florido broke the news, explaining just how huge a superstar Gabriel is. "This is the biggest loss in Mexican music since Selena," Adrian said. "He was universally beloved. There is no one in Mexico who isn't a fan."

They aren't saying it's alien. But they are saying it's "interesting."

The SETI Institute — the private organization that looks for signals of extraterrestrial life — has announced that it is investigating reports of an unusual radio signal picked up by Russian astronomers.

The signal was detected on a much wider bandwidth than the SETI Institute uses in its searches, and the strength of the received signal was "weak," SETI Institute astronomer Seth Shostak wrote in a blog post.

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The European Union's executive branch has found that Ireland granted unfair and illegal tax breaks to the tech giant Apple, and ruled that Apple now owes more than $14.5 billion in back taxes.

The commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, says that under EU rules, "Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies."

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Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday outlining his immigration stance. Given the last week of news coverage, he could have some serious explaining to do.

An immigration policy centered around extreme positions — mass deportation of 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, plus building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — initially helped Trump stand out in the massive Republican primary field.

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