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A Ventura County man is now facing a murder charge after the person he’s accused of setting on fire died.

Santa Paula Police say the victim of the May 13th attack died at a Los Angeles Hospital earlier this week. He had burns to more than 50% of his body. The victim’s name hasn’t been released yet.

Jorge Chavez was arrested for the attack in Santa Paula’s Veterans Park, which involved the use of a flammable liquid. He was initially facing charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon, to aggravated mayhem. Chavez pled not guilty.

A small earthquake rocked parts of the South Coast Thursday morning.

The magnitude 3.3 quake occurred at 7:19 a.m. and was centered in the ocean 13 miles southwest of Thousand Oaks.  It was centered nearly seven miles below the ocean floor. No damage was reported.

Meanwhile, a magnitude 2.2 microquake occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Ventura County mountains. The 1:03 p.m. quake was centered 12 miles northeast of Ojai. Again, no damaged was reported.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time, and the 105th anniversary of the real life tragedy which inspired it.

Now, both the movie “Titanic,” and the history behind it are being commemorated in a new exhibition in Ventura County. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting “Titanic At The Reagan Library,” a 10,000 square foot special exhibition opening this holiday weekend.

We are bombarded with information, and data, but what does it mean?

One South Coast college will help students answer that question, by offering a new degree in data analytics.

Westmont College has created an interdisciplinary major which includes math, computer science, and business.

Westmont officials say the new major will help fill a growing demand for analysts who can help translate, and communicate the key points of data.

A teen was knocked out in a fight off-campus near San Marcos High School midday Wednesday.

The fight happened in the courtyard of a close by apartment complex.

Photo by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

A South Coast professor is playing an important role in analyzing opinions about climate change across the nation.

Researchers say about 70% of Americans think global warming is happening. While that’s encouraging to scientists, it doesn’t paint the full picture. That’s why Matto Mildenberger, an assistant professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, became one of the lead researchers in creating a map that details climate beliefs at every level – including the hyper-local.

A new study which shows a number of state courthouses could be at risk of collapse during a major earthquake includes some on the Central and South Coasts.

The list shows more than 100 courthouses statewide could suffer substantial damage, and cause a serious loss of life without costly upgrades.

Lance Orozco reports on Ventura County's disaster preparedness efforts for people's pets as we move into high brush fire season.

Santa Barbara County is going to be home base for what researchers hope will be a groundbreaking new study on the causes behind the higher-than-average rate of diabetes among Latinos.

Diabetes is an epidemic in America. The percentages are even higher in the Latino population. In Santa Barbara County, diabetes cases increased 41% in the Latino population in the last decade.

Now, the Sansum Center is spearheading a decade-long study which researchers hope will answer some key questions about the high numbers.

More than a thousand people packed Santa Barbara's Granada Theater Tuesday, for a memorial to remember Michael Towbes.

The philanthropist and businessman passed away in April at the age of 87.

Towbes was the president of Montecito Bank and Trust, a developer, and a major supporter of nonprofits and the arts.

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