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A busy schedule and a cutback in priests has lead to the elimination of the 7:30 am Sunday mass at the Santa Barbara Mission.

Parishioners say that mass has been taking place for about 35 years.

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.

A search continues in one Goleta neighborhood for a man who reportedly annoyed a woman and child, and behaved inappropriately around them.

He even got into their home, where another man chased the intruder out.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department patrol car smashed into an ambulance, leaving four people injured.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday, on Calle Real at Old Mill Road in Goleta. The ambulance was taking an injured jail inmate to a hospital. It slowed as a light at an intersection changed from green to yellow, and a deputy following behind in a patrol car rear-ended the ambulance.

The deputy was injured, as were two medical team members, and a second deputy in the ambulance.

Photo by Tracy O (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The 1400 firefighters battling a large wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County are getting a better handle on it.

Officials say the 33,000-acre Rey Fire in the Los Padres National Forest has moved up to 54-percent containment and has not spread since Friday. Crews are concentrating on securing and mopping up the remaining uncontained fireline on the northeast corner of the fire.

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