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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in seven months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start. The Commerce Department says sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight...

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2 hours 59 minutes ago

Bank robbery suspects due in court Wednesday

The two people arrested in connection with three local bank robberies are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. Investigators believe George Gonzales, 55, of Santa Maria, and Tonya Young, 33, of Paso Robles were involved in the bank robberies in Atascadero, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande. The... Read Story

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4 hours 9 minutes ago

Tip a Cop luncheon Wednesday in Goleta

You can tip a cop and help Special Olympics Wednesday in Goleta. There's a Tip a Cop luncheon at the Outback Restaurant in the Calle Real Shopping Center. Employees from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and CHP will volunteer as waiters and waitresses and serve lunch. ... Read Story

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26 minutes 15 seconds ago

East Bay to tap Sacramento River water

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - To cope with drought conditions, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever. The Sacramento Bee reports the district's board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to begin tapping supplies from the river's Freeport Regional Water... Read Story

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29 minutes 7 seconds ago

State senators to receive refresher on ethics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State senators are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg canceled committee hearings Wednesday and ordered senators and their top aides to devote the day to... Read Story

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38 minutes 57 seconds ago

Sacramento County bans outdoor marijuana crops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County supervisors have unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops after hearing from law enforcement officials who said the region has seen an explosion of grow sites. The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county... Read Story

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10 minutes 9 seconds ago

A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

NEW YORK (AP) - A six-day rally on the stock market is petering out as some U.S. companies report earnings that disappoint investors. Norfolk Southern, Procter & Gamble and Avery Dennison all fell after reporting their latest quarterly financial results. Railroad operator Norfolk Southern's profit slumped as severe winter weather... Read Story

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23 minutes 37 seconds ago

First lady announcing jobs website for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is developing a website to help job-seeking veterans and military spouses create resumes, make connections with employers and become part of a database that companies can mine for skills and talents. The effort aims to streamline the broad assortment of government and private-sector employment resources... Read Story

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24 minutes 56 seconds ago

Stock futures little changed ahead of open

U.S. stock futures barely budged in pre-market trading Wednesday as positive earnings news from U.S. companies was offset by a disappointing economic report from China. KEEPING SCORE: Standard & Poor's 500 index futures eased two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,872 as of 9:11 a.m. Eastern time. Dow Jones industrial... Read Story

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20 hours 40 minutes ago

California foreclosure starts rise this year

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter. DataQuick said Tuesday that there were slightly more than 19,200 default notices filed in the first quarter, up 6 percent from the fourth... Read Story

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