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Utility to pay $360M for major Southern California wildfires

Nov. 13, 2019 5:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to local governments to settle lawsuits over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment during the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people, the utility and attorneys announced Wednesday....

Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34

Nov. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow of a passenger who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel's owners Monday. Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the...

UCLA beats UC Santa Barbara 77-61, goes to 2-0 under Cronin

Nov. 10, 2019 9:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA responded to new coach Mick Cronin's self-described "spirited" halftime talk in a big way. The Bruins upped their defensive pressure on the first possession of the second half and went on to beat UC Santa Barbara 77-61 on Sunday night. The Gauchos turned the ball over and Prince Ali...

Sow leads second-half surge in UCSB's 83-62 victory

Nov. 7, 2019 12:37 AM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Amadou Sow scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds and UC Santa Barbara pulled away from Jackson State in the second half for an 83-62 win in the Gauchos' season opener on Wednesday night. Sow was 7-of-7 shooting and made 5 of 6 free throws to lead the Gauchos with Max...

'Tarzan' actor's son unarmed when fatally shot by deputies

Oct. 29, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the son of actor Ron Ely was unarmed when he was fatally shot earlier this month at the "Tarzan" star's home. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department says four deputies fired 24 rounds at Cameron Ely, who was being sought on suspicion of fatally stabbing his...

'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely's wife killed; son shot by deputies

Oct. 16, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely's wife was stabbed to death in their California home by their 30-year-old son, who was then shot and killed by sheriff's deputies, authorities said Wednesday. Deputies summoned to the home by a 911 call found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead with multiple...

The Latest: 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely's wife and son killed

Oct. 16, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on two deaths at the home of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Authorities say "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely's wife was stabbed to death in their Southern California home by the couple's son, who police subsequently shot to death. A Santa Barbara County...

Authorities say "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely's wife stabbed to death by couple's son, who police subsequently shot to death

Oct. 16, 2019 5:50 PM EDT
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely's wife stabbed to death by couple's son, who police subsequently shot to death.

California boat company suspends tours after fatal fire

Oct. 1, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of a scuba diving boat company announced Tuesday a voluntary indefinite suspension of its fleet in the wake of a boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. Truth Aquatics Inc. posted on its Facebook page that the company will "dedicate our entire efforts...

Santa Barbara Zoo's elderly elephant Little Mac euthanized

Sep. 27, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Little Mac, a 48-year-old Asian elephant that was a fixture at the Santa Barbara Zoo for nearly all her life, was euthanized this week after a sharp decline in health, officials said. The zoo said Little Mac was euthanized around 7 p.m. Wednesday in her exhibit yard, surrounded...