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South Coast Scientists Develop Robot With X-Ray Vision That Could Help In Disaster Relief

Robots have been around for a long time. But, now, scientists are finding some amazing ways that they can help us. Imagine a robot that can do things humans can’t. South Coast researchers are developing robots with x-ray vision. A robot that’s only about two feet tall can do some big things. “If you use unmanned vehicles and existing wireless signals like WiFi to enable having x-ray vision and be able to see through walls. That’s something we’ve shown is possible,” said Yasamin Mostofi, an electrical and computer engineering professor at UC Santa Barbara, who does groundbreaking work in mobile sensor networks.

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Police say they’ve made an arrest in connection with a murder in Ventura County this week.

Jonathan Zambrano was arrested this weekend for Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of Albert Salazar in Oxnard. The 24 year old man was shot on the 1300 block of West Guava Streeet, but was driven to the Oxnard Police station in downtown Oxnard. The Oxnard man died at a hospital a short time later.

Detectives aren’t talking about the motive for the slaying.

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Robots have been around for a long time. But, now, scientists are finding some amazing ways that they can help us. Imagine a robot that can do things humans can’t. South Coast researchers are developing robots with x-ray vision.

A robot that’s only about two feet tall can do some big things.

“If you use unmanned vehicles and existing wireless signals like WiFi to enable having x-ray vision and be able to see through walls. That’s something we’ve shown is possible,” said Yasamin Mostofi, an electrical and computer engineering professor at UC Santa Barbara, who does groundbreaking work in mobile sensor networks.

The labor market on the South and Central Coasts is experiencing a slump with unemployment rising.

The California Employment Development Department says the jobless rate in Ventura County increased to 4.5% in June from 3.8% in May. In Santa Barbara County, 4.3% of people were unemployed in June, which is up 0.8% from a month earlier. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo County jumped to 3.8% in June from 3% in May.

California's jobless rate remained the same at 4.7%, which matched the record low that occurred in 2000.

A bicyclist who was wearing headphones when he was struck and killed by a passenger train on the South Coast is now being identified.

Edmund Backus died when he hit by an Amtrak train yesterday afternoon near the Goleta Amtrak station.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office investigators sat the 51 year old Goleta man had his back to the train, and was wearing headphones so he couldn’t hear the train’s warning horn and whistle.

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Firefighters are continuing to close in on containment on the 18,000 plus acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

The blaze in the Santa Ynez mountains south of Lake Cachuma is now 83% contained, with crews still optimistic about full containment by the end of the month. The fire, which began July 8th, destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures. It closed most of Highway 154 for more than a week.

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Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare, it looks like a giant boulder.

Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color.

This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth.

"This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said.

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Jason Greenblatt was the chief legal officer at the Trump Organization. Now President Trump has tapped him to help end the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It's a job that has become even harder in the past several days, with a new eruption of violence: Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel fatally shooting Israeli police at an important holy site; three Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces; three Israelis stabbed to death in their home by a young Palestinian.

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