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Excitement is high about word the Summer Olympics will be returning to Los Angeles in 2028.

The South Coast was a part of the Games when LA hosted them in 1984. This time around however, there are no plans for Olympic venues in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties played an important, but now largely forgotten part in the Games 33 years ago.

It wasn’t a big brush fire, but it snarled traffic on a section of Highway 101 in Ventura County during the tail end of the evening rush hour.

The four acre blaze started near Highway 101 and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks just after six Thursday night. Firefighters stopped its spread in about a half hour with the help of a helicopter.

No homes were threatened, but it caused lots of slowing for traffic in the area. There’s no word on the cause.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is warning seniors to be cautious of a phone scam that sounds very realistic. 

The final countdown is on for the 2017 Ventura County Fair, the latest edition of a tradition which began in 1875.

The Ventura County Fair officially opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday, but hundreds of people lined up at Seaside Park Tuesday to get discount admission and ride tickets.

Tyler Hoffman is in Ventura County as part of a big adventure.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

In the wake of the latest missile test by North Korea, the Air Force has announced plans for another missile test launch from the Central Coast.

Plans call for launching an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime between midnight, and six a.m. Wednesday. It’s one of a series of periodic test launches from the base officials say are important to test the effectiveness and preparedness of the missile system, as well as of launch crews.

An 8-year-old girl is recovering after sustaining an injury on Santa Cruz Island.

A Coast Guard helicopter launched from Point Mugu to rescue the girl on Sunday afternoon. 

The girl suffered a back injury, and was on board a 26-foot boat at Smuggler's Cove at the time of the accident.

Reymundo Cedillos is doing some shopping at what looks like a big, open air market in Ventura. There are tables full of everything from underwear and socks to personal items like toothbrushes. The price is right. Everything is free.

The hundreds of people picking out items here are homeless veterans.

Photo by the Music Academy of the West

The internationally known Music Academy of the West in Montecito has brought the New York Philharmonic to Santa Barbara for what's being called the largest classical music event to ever hit the South Coast city.

Michael L. Baird

A Central Coast beach which is a breeding ground for an endangered species of bird has been closed from now through Labor Day weekend, to protect the birds.

The Air Force closed Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Because the birds nest on the sand, they are susceptible to humans, dogs, and horses disrupting their breeding process. While a certain number of beach violations are allowed, once they reach a threshold the area is closed. The closures happen on a regular basis.

Funeral services are set to take place Saturday on the South Coast for a Marine who was one of 16 people killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi.

A deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair has focused new attention on carnival ride safety, including the California Mid-State Fair underway in Paso Robles.

Los Angeles has pro football again, with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

For the next few weeks though, Ventura County is home to one of the most legendary franchises in professional sports, the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys fans from around the country are coming to see their beloved team in droves, in what is almost a pilgrimage for the football fanatics.

A woman struck and killed by a passenger train on the South Coast is now being identified.

Ester Lopez de Reyes died after she was hit by a northbound Amtrak train near the Goleta train station Wednesday afternoon. The train was already slowing as it approached the train station, but the crew was unable to stop in time after seeing the 65 year old woman on the tracks.

Investigators are trying to determine how she ended up in the path of the train.

(Ventura Fire Department photo)

Investigators are trying to figure out why a car jumped onto Highway 101 in Ventura County going the wrong direction early Thursday morning, causing a head on crash which killed three people.

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