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Prince Harry talks about fatherhood, the queen and Diana

Apr. 20, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prince Harry is opening up about his life at home and his recent surprise visit with Queen Elizabeth II, saying he and his wife, Meghan, had tea with the monarch and shared laughs. “It was really nice to catch up with her,” Harry told NBC's...

Art Rupe, pioneering record executive, dead at 104

Apr. 16, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Music executive Art Rupe, whose Specialty Records was a premier label during the formative years of rock ‘n roll and helped launch the careers of Little Richard, Sam Cooke and many others, has died. He was 104. Rupe, who was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in...

California man gets life sentence for 2016 killing of family

Apr. 15, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A man who was convicted of killing a California family of three, including a 5-year-old girl, six years ago was sentenced Friday to life in prison without chance of parole. Pierre Haobsh received three consecutive life sentences from a Santa Barbara...

Fire and rain: West to get more one-two extreme climate hits

Apr. 01, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

The one-two punch of nasty wildfires followed by heavy downpours, triggering flooding and mudslides, will strike the U.S. West far more often in a warming-hopped world, becoming a frequent occurrence, a new study said. That fire-flood combination, with extreme drenchings hitting a...

Truck fire jams US 101 near Santa Barbara for hours

Mar. 24, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A truck fire caused a massive hours-long traffic jam on northbound U.S. Highway 101 along the south Santa Barbara County coast on Thursday. The 5 a.m. fire in the Summerland area involved a semi loaded with green beans, Carpinteria Summerland Fire...

London Symphony, Simon Rattle work with California students

Mar. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

Simon Rattle was getting ready to leave Europe for the first time since the start of the pandemic and head to California with the London Symphony Orchestra for a residency with students at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. “It’s kind of a miracle that it’s...

Evacuation warnings lifted near Santa Barbara County fire

Mar. 14, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation warnings were lifted Monday for residents near a wildfire in coastal Santa Barbara County. The 100-acre (40.4-hectare) Hollister Fire was 50% contained, according to the county. The wind-driven blaze erupted Saturday in a...

Firefighters increase containment of coastal California fire

Mar. 13, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire that prompted evacuations near Santa Barbara was 20% contained on Sunday, authorities said. The blaze broke out Saturday in a canyon near Hollister Ranch, a gated subdivision along the Gaviota Coast. Evacuation orders for about...

Campfires banned on US forest land along Santa Barbara coast

Mar. 09, 2022 11:06 AM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Los Padres National Forest officials have banned campfires in the Santa Barbara front country due to increasing fire danger and potential threat to communities. The prohibition announced Tuesday will stay in effect until Feb. 24, 2024, the U.S. Forest...

Pierre-Louis guides UC Santa Barbara past Hawaii 67-60

Mar. 04, 2022 00:54 AM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Josh Pierre-Louis scored 16 points to lead UC Santa Barbara past Hawaii 67-60 on Thursday night. Amadou Sow had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Gauchos (16-10, 9-6 Big West Conference), who have won five straight. Miles Norris added 12 points and...