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Veteran television newsman Sander Vanocur dies at 91

Sep. 17, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday. Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He was 91....

Boat fire wreckage taken to navy base for investigation

Sep. 13, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that all crew members on the boat Conception were asleep when the...

Divers recover body of last missing victim of boat fire

Sep. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Divers on Wednesday recovered the body of the last missing victim of a boat fire off the California coast that killed 34 people. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced the end of the search on Twitter , saying it was "relieved to report" the final victim had been found....

The Latest: Divers find final body in California boat fire

Sep. 11, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people (all times local): 5 p.m. Authorities say divers have found the body of the last missing victim in a fatal boat fire that killed 34 people off the Southern California coast. The Santa...

Sheriff: Divers find body of last missing victim from boat fire off Southern California coast that killed 34

Sep. 11, 2019 7:50 PM EDT
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff: Divers find body of last missing victim from boat fire off Southern California coast that killed 34.

The Latest: Feds seize evidence in fatal boat fire probe

Sep. 9, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the deadly scuba diving boat fire off the California coast (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Authorities have recovered a trove of information as they build a possible criminal case against a scuba diving boat company whose vessel caught fire and sank off the Southern California...

Search warrants served in California boat fire investigation

Sep. 9, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities served search warrants Sunday at the Southern California company that owned the scuba diving boat that caught fire and killed 34 people last week. Agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies searched Truth...

Rough seas suspend search for final victim of boat fire

Sep. 7, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for the final victim of a boat fire off the Southern California coast has been suspended until early next week because of gusty winds and rough seas. Authorities said they also suspended efforts to salvage the Conception off of Santa Cruz Island because the...

Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

Sep. 7, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea. Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park. The dead were "our friends and our family members. Our common love of...

Smoke, not fire, blamed for 34 deaths in dive boat disaster

Sep. 6, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. The 34 people who died were sleeping in a cramped bunkroom below the main deck of the Conception...