Weekend Storm Brings 1-2" Of Rain To Central, South Coasts; No Major Issues In Fire Burn Zones

The first in a series of storms expected to hit the Central and South Coasts broughtone to two inches of rainfall to much of the region, but no major debris flow problems were reported in brush fire burn areas. San Marcos Pass recorded 1.7" of rain, the Montecito foothills 1.28", and there was an inch in downtown Santa Barbara. Ventura had 1.16", and Ojai 1.15"

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The first in a series of storms expected to hit the Central and South Coasts broughtone to two inches of rainfall to much of the region, but no major debris flow problems were reported in brush fire burn areas.

San Marcos Pass recorded 1.7" of rain, the Montecito foothills 1.28", and there was an inch in downtown Santa Barbara.  Ventura had 1.16", and Ojai 1.15"

The brunt of the storm has already rolled in overnight across the South and Central Coasts with no major problems for burn areas. And that leaves scattered showers throughout the morning and early afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms. 

Forecasters say the storm will bring between one and two inches of rain.

A man who collapsed while in custody at the Santa Barbara County jail has died.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials say Jose Curiel had a medical emergency while at the jail on January 5th.  He was taken to a hospital, where he died Thursday night.

The 52 year old Santa Maria man was in the jail on domestic violence and criminal threat charges, as well as for two outstanding warrants.  There's no word on the cause of death.

Authorities are looking for a serial burglar in Santa Barbara County who’s believed to have struck more than a half dozen times since the first of the year.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say the burglar focused on the Los Olivos area, and has been using drills to remove locks to get into businesses.

Eight burglaries have been confirmed. Using surveillance video, investigators think the break-ins are tied to a young white male wearing jeans, a hooded sweatshirt, and a white mask.

(SpaceX Photo)

Ten new communications satellites are now in orbit around the earth, after being successfully launched from the Central Coast. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 7:30 Friday morning. It carried 10 Iridium Next satellites into a low earth orbit.

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On the eve of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's third anniversary in office, protesters gathered in Seoul on Wednesday to condemn the administration's increasing crackdown on free speech. These protesters were unlike any others Seoul has seen. They were holograms.

The life-size hologram "ghosts" marched across a transparent screen facing an old palace gate at Gwanghwamun Square, a historic center in Seoul.

Social networks have changed the world, but they make things very complicated for the CIA.

Facebook, Twitter and other services give the spy agency enormous amounts of new information about people of interest around the world, but they also open up huge new vulnerabilities.

For example, how should the CIA conceal details about a spy who has been sharing information about herself online before joining the agency — perhaps since she was in middle school? And can it create a convincing enough story about people who have to lie about who they really are?

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The park was designed as a place for relaxation and family recreation (it even includes some ramshackle carnival rides). But it had turned into a prowling ground for young men.

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