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Flood Damaged Highway 101 Back In Business In Montecito; But Tourism Officials Worried About Impacts

Monday marks the first full day of a major milestone in Santa Barbara County’s post flood recovery efforts, with Highway 101 reopened in Montecito. A number of freeway on and offramps remain closed in the Montecito area, but traffic has been moving through the area well, aside from expected morning and afternoon backups.

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A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to 31 years to life in prison for stabbing to death his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say William Manuel Delgado pled guilty to a second degree murder charge, and other related counts for the January, 2017 murder of Raneae Ronquillo in their Lompoc home.

Delgado had been convicted of a domestic violence incident in 2014 in Riverside County, in which the same woman was the victim.

There’s good news for some Montecito residents Tuesday, with plans to lift some voluntary and mandatory evacuation warnings and orders.

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Monday marks  the first full day of a major milestone in Santa Barbara County’s post flood recovery efforts, with Highway 101 reopened in Montecito.

A number of freeway on and offramps remain closed in the Montecito area, but traffic has been moving through the area well, aside from expected morning and afternoon backups.

The number of places where Thomas Fire, and flood victims can get aid, and information has expanded.

FEMA now has aid centers up and running in Ventura County.

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State Fish and Wildlife officials are concerned the improper handling of the carcasses of some euthanized animals is responsible for the death of wildlife on the South Coast.

Since 2015, a number of raptors across California have been found to be poisoned by pentobarbital, which is used by veterinarians to euthanize animals. In Ventura County alone, seven vultures were poisoned. Five of them were rehabilitated but two died.

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People Talk About Emotions Of Experiencing Deadly Santa Barbara County Flooding

Tuesday marks a week since the rain pounded Santa Barbara’s front country, sending torrents of water into Montecito and causing deadly flooding. The death toll stands at 20, with three still missing. Search and recovery efforts are continuing. 28 people were treated for injuries at South Coast hospitals, with seven still being treated, and two in critical condition. The latest numbers show that more than 110 homes were destroyed, and more than 240 houses damaged.

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A list of resources available to those who have been or may be affected by the storm following the Thomas Fire.

Names Released Of Montecito Residents Who Died In January 9th Flooding

Authorities have released the names of the 20 people known to have been fatally injured in the January 9th flooding in Santa Barbara County.

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Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, erupted for eight minutes on Monday afternoon, spewing a 3-mile-tall column of debris and volcanic gas. It exploded at least five more times Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit.

That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a comprehensive public health review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes on Tuesday.

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In the dimly lit basement of what was once a soccer stadium in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, CENTCOM commander Gen. Joseph L. Votel and Mark Green, the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator, walked through the rubble on Monday and listened to a U.S. military escort tell stories about what went on there when the city was under ISIS control.

In California, the state Senate is considering legislation that would ensure that students at four-year public universities in California have access on campus to medication for abortions.

Sen. Connie Leyva introduced the bill, SB 320, in February 2017. It would require all health centers within the University of California and California State University systems to stock the drugs prescribed for medication abortion and ready their campus health clinics to provide them by 2022.

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Multiple U.S. citizens were killed and injured in the attack overnight Saturday on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, a State Department official says.

The Taliban-claimed attack at the Intercontinental Hotel killed at least 22 people and lasted more than 13 hours, according to The Associated Press. Reports of the death toll have varied, with Reuters saying 20 people were killed and some local news outlets saying more than 40.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sessions is the first member of President Trump's Cabinet known to have been questioned by the special counsel's office in its investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior confirmed Sessions' interview to NPR on Tuesday. Sessions cooperated voluntarily.

South Korea is requiring that anonymous transactions involving cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin be made traceable and that exchanges for digital currencies be subject to a 24.2 percent tax.

South Korea is home to one of the world's largest Bitcoin exchanges and is the third-largest market for it, behind Japan and the U.S.

Cape Town officials are tightening water restrictions amid claims the city could run out of water by April 21. After three years of intensive drought, officials say residents are bracing for "Day Zero," the day water could stop flowing.

South Africa's second-largest city would be the first major city in the developed world to run out of water, if residents do not heed new stricter water measures. The region is experiencing its worst drought in a century, which experts say has been exacerbated by climate change and in Cape Town, rapid population growth.