Oceanographer Says Not So Fast With Declaring Drought Over; Groundwater Recovery Could Take Years

We’re having one of the best rainfall seasons in years, with drought conditions easing for much of the state. But one of the nation’s leading oceanographers says there’s much more involved before the impacts of the drought are completely gone, and that it could take years to replenish groundwater supplies.

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An investigation into several gang related shootings on the South Coast has led to a series of raids by law enforcement officers, and five arrests. Oxnard Police aided by Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators served search warrants on multiple locations over a two day period.

Police say efforts to catch a man involved in a domestic dispute on the South Coast led to a car chase, and the use of a Taser to arrest him. It started just after 11 Tuesday night in Oxnard, when a woman got into a fight with a man she said was her ex-boyfriend. She told 911 dispatchers that Christian Robledo rammed her car with another vehicle.

Authorities still aren’t saying much about the death of a 90 year old man on the Central Coast, other than to confirm it was a homicide. An autopsy indicates Lawrence Albert Bross of Oceano died after being attacked with some type of a sharp object.

A South Coast zoo’s newest resident is one you will actually be able to pet. The Santa Barbara Zoo now has a Golden Retriever pup named Bradley, which will serve as a Zoo Ambassador in the community.

A storm system headed towards the Central and South Coasts is moving slower than expected, and may not drop much rain in the region. The storm is moving into the area Tuesday night.

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St. Patrick’s Day will be a day of fun, and merriment for many on the Central and South Coasts this weekend. But, it means much more for one woman. It’s the anniversary of when she got a second chance at life. This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of a lifesaving double lung transplant for Courtney Ferriera of Santa Barbara.

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An investigation into several gang related shootings on the South Coast has led to a series of raids by law enforcement officers, and five arrests. Oxnard Police aided by Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators served search warrants on multiple locations over a two day period.

The European Commission is hitting Google with a fine of 1.49 billion euros (some $1.7 billion) for "abusive practices" in online advertising, saying the search and advertising giant broke the EU's antitrust rules and abused its market dominance by preventing or limiting its rivals from working with companies that had deals with Google. The case revolves around search boxes that are embedded on websites and that display ads brokered by Google.

When Cyclone Idai, a devastating tropical storm, swept across southeastern Africa on Thursday, it killed at least 150 people, displaced hundreds of thousands and left Beira, a coastal city of a half-million people in central Mozambique, almost totally destroyed.

In the aftermath, with some of their neighbors still trapped on rooftops or in trees, some local residents began the long process of recovery with a small but notable rebuttal to nature, by beginning to move the beach back to its rightful place.

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled strongly on Wednesday that it is likely to rule for a death row inmate in Mississippi who was prosecuted six times for the same crime by a prosecutor with a history of racial bias in jury selection.

The arguments, more passionate and fact-filled than usual, also had a surprise ending when Justice Clarence Thomas posed a question — the first time in three years.

Democratic presidential hopefuls are betting on bold.

The majority of the Democrats running for president want to create a national health insurance program. Several want to do away with private health insurance entirely. Candidates are engaging on questions about reparations for slavery, and most of the White House hopefuls have endorsed the goal of a carbon-neutral economy within the next decade.

Increase the size of the U.S. Supreme Court? Several candidates are now on board.

A group of civil rights and faith leaders are demanding a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks that killed at least 50 people as they prayed in mosques. The killer was a white nationalist who named President Trump as an inspiration in his online racist screed.

The groups want the FBI to address "the threat to public safety" and to their communities "by white nationalist violence."

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The Federal Reserve is signaling that it may be done hiking interest rates this year, amid signs of economic slowing.

Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller will soon complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Trump says that he looks forward to seeing the report and that it should be made public.

Answering questions from reporters on the South Lawn of the White House prior to traveling to Ohio on Wednesday, Trump said of Mueller's report, "Let it come out. Let people see it — that's up to the attorney general."

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