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Shark warning signs are up at a South Coast beach after two sightings in two days.

An automatic detection device picked up a shark off of Santa Barbara’s East Beach Thursday. Then, a swimmer told authorities he saw a Great White shark Friday.

(National Park Service photo)

A bobcat which survived the Woolsey Fire is a new mom, with a litter of four kittens.

The big cat known as B-362 was tagged, and equipped with a radio tracking collar just a day before last November's nearly 100,000 acre fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

The latest unemployment figures for the Central and South Coast are out, and they show no significant change. The jobless rate held steady at 4% from February to March in Ventura County. There were slight bumps in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Many hillsides on the Central and South Coasts are covered with lush green and yellow flowers. Even some of the land stripped bare by the recent Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey Fires looks like it’s been revived with the help of a strong rainfall season. But, as pretty as they are, those plants are not what you think. They are black mustard, which are invasive weeds which threaten native plants.

Detectives say DNA evidence has led to an arrest in connection with a abduction, and sexual assault which occurred in Ventura County nearly six years ago. In May of 2013, a woman was walking on the 15000 block of Santa Paula Street in the outskirts of Santa Paula when she was attacked. A man armed with a knife forced her into a nearby orchard, and sexually assaulted her.

A judge has ordered a moratorium on unregulated target shooting in the Los Padres National Forest, in response to a lawsuit by a coalition of non-profit groups concerned about environmental impacts.

The Environmental Defense Center and Earthrise Law Center filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Los Padres ForestWatch.

A Ventura County man is facing a 300 years to life prison sentence, after being convicted of molesting four relatives over a more than decade long period.

Ventura County prosecutors say Henry Mata molested the young girls when they were between the ages of six and 12.

Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot to death on the South Coast. Oxnard Police were called to the 200 block of Cuesta Del Mar Drive Wednesday afternoon by reports of a shooting. Officers and paramedics arriving on the scene found a seriously wounded man in an alley.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Santa Barbara County Administration building, but it turned out to be nothing more than a threat. Someone called 911 just before 11 Wednesday morning and made the threat.

Authorities say they’ve used DNA evidence to identify a suspect in a pair of four decade old murders on the Central Coast. Jane Morton Antunez was murdered in 1977, and Patricia Dwyer in 1978. Both women were Atascadero residents who had been sexually assaulted, and brutally murdered.

Vehicles are getting through after an hours-long closure on a very busy section of Highway 192 in Santa Barbara Tuesday night.

A rollover traffic accident sheared a large power pole on Foothill near Willowglen.

They were two of the world’s most powerful leaders, but they were also friends. A new museum exhibition in Ventura County is highlighting the unique relationship between Ronald Reagan, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A Ventura County woman pled guilty to second degree murder to a killing during a burglary. In January of 2009, Idee Lee Scholz and Glenn Sires broke into a Simi Valley home in a burglary attempt. They encountered Janice Richardson, and smothered her. But, they staged the scene to look like a drug overdose.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Detectives are still trying to sort out the details of a bizarre incident in Santa Barbara County, in which a man fleeing authorities jumped into the ocean, and had to be rescued.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's investigators say German Sotelo apparently stopped at Carpinteria's Viola Fields Monday night to use a bathroom, and left his six year old daughter in his car.  Detectives say the child waited for several hours, and when the man failed to return, got out of the vehicle and asked a janitor for help.

For more than five decades, a British artist has helped shape the band’s image.

Roger Dean has created the fantasy landscapes associated with the Yes album covers, as well as some for other groups like the band Asia. The artist, who has some of his work on display in Ventura County, has had his work featured featured on 100 million album covers since the 1960’s.

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