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Researchers Learn More About Forgotten Native People Who Once Lived In Channel Islands

It’s a real-life story set in the scenic Channel Islands which has fascinated people for decades, and inspired a popular children’s book, “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” In 1835, a group of Native American people living on San Nicholas Island was brought to the mainland. But, one woman was left behind, spent close to a decade by herself on the remote island. A researcher says previously overlooked documents and church registers are helping us learn more about the native people involved in this incredible story.
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Santa Barbara County is the latest jurisdiction to try to tackle the controversy over the use of homes for short term rentals.

Today, County Supervisors looked at a proposal which would ban the rentals in residential and industrial areas, and allow them in agricultural, and some mixed use areas.

The proposal brought out a big crowd of people. Some say short term rentals provide needed rooms for visitors, attract tourists, and provide the county with additional tax revenue. Others contend they create noise and traffic concerns, and are inappropriate in neighborhoods.

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Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the crash of an ultralight aircraft into a Santa Barbara County apartment complex, killing its pilot.

The small craft had just taken off from Santa Barbara Airport at around 10 a.m. Tuesday when it went down near Hollister Avenue and Los Carneros Road in Goleta.

It struck a carport and a parked vehicle. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Legislation to name a post office in Santa Barbara County after a Navy Seal from the county who was killed in action in Afghanistan is now on President Obama’s desk, awaiting his action.

HR 3218 would rename the U.S. Post Office on the 1200 block of State Street in Santa Barbara the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer Lou Langlais Post Office Building.

Two environmental groups have filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to create a major new fire break in Santa Barbara County, claiming that the project would threaten a rare type of plant.

In the wake of recent major brush fires on the South Coast, the Forest Service announced plans to create a six mile long fire break along the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains to try to prevent huge blazes which could threaten homes in the region.

A South Coast city is getting a new Assistant City Manager.

Jesus Nava has been selected as Oxnard’s new second in command. Nava has worked for different government agencies for more than three decades. He’s been a Deputy City Manager in San Jose, Assistant City Manager in Laredo, Texas, and City Manager for Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Nava will begin his new position with the city December 19th. He fills the vacancy created by the departure of Maria Hurtado, who is headed to an Assistant City Manager’s post in the Northern California city of Hayward.

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Central Coast Groups Send Pearl Harbor Survivor To Hawaii To Commemorate 75th Anniversary Of Attack

For most of us, December 7th, 1941 is a day we all know from history books, the day the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into World War II. For Les Lindow, it’s much more than history. The now 95-year-old man was at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day. Lindow was 19 and on board the USS Maryland, one of the battleships moored at Pearl Harbor on December 7th.
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Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage.

Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, Okla. But the plan has a deductible of $5,000 apiece, and Boxley's doctor said he won't do the surgery until she prepays her share of the cost.

A magnitude 6.5-earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia around 5 a.m. local time on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue and recovery efforts continue, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports.

The quake was at a relatively shallow depth, just 11 miles under the earth's surface, Anthony says. Its epicenter was on the coast of the Aceh province, the same region where an earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in 2004.

No tsunami warning has been issued in the wake of Wednesday's quake. Aftershocks continue to shake the region.

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The last unfinished Senate race of the election is nearly over.

State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, is the clear favorite to become the next Senator from Louisiana, despite an eleventh-hour fundraising surge from his Democratic opponent, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

Editor's note: There is language in this piece that some will find offensive.

Sometime in early 2016 between a Trump rally in New Hampshire, where a burly man shouted something at me about being Muslim, and a series of particularly vitriolic tweets that included some combination of "raghead," "terrorist," "bitch" and "jihadi," I went into my editor's office and wept.

I cried for the first (but not the last) time this campaign season.

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