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2008-06-24 06:02:56

By Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jun. 24--A week after calling for a renewal of oil drilling off the California coast, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain laid out more details of his energy policy Monday and scheduled a follow-up event for today in Santa Barbara, the heart of offshore oil opposition in the state. At a town hall meeting in Fresno, McCain called for offering a $300 million prize from the federal government for anyone who develops a...

2008-06-20 15:00:30

By David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Jun. 19--President Bush's recommendation to Congress to lift the moratorium on new offshore oil drilling was widely criticized by elected officials in California on Wednesday. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, whose coastal district includes San Luis Obispo County and much of the state's coastline with existing oil leases, was quick to criticize the president's recommendation and the pro-drilling stance of Republican presidential...

2006-06-27 14:32:09

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson, who earlier this year shuttered his Neverland Valley Ranch in California, will move to Europe to reignite a musical career stalled by his sex abuse trial, a spokeswoman for the pop star said on Tuesday. Jackson, who has been living in Bahrain since his acquittal on child molestation charges in June of 2005, has also severed ties with his longtime business managers as part of a "sweeping restructuring" of his affairs,...

2006-05-26 13:02:04

TOKYO (Reuters) - Michael Jackson arrived in Japan on Friday to appear at his first public event since his acquittal on sex-abuse charges last June, his local agent in Japan said. Jackson plans to attend an award ceremony in central Tokyo on Saturday and an orphanage on Sunday, said Broderick Morris, Jackson's local agent in Japan. The 47-year-old singer, one of the top-selling recording acts of all time, now lives in the Gulf state of Bahrain. He was acquitted by a jury last June of...

2006-05-26 07:17:44

TOKYO (Reuters) - Michael Jackson arrived in Japan on Friday to appear at his first public event since his acquittal on sex-abuse charges last June, his local agent in Japan said. Jackson plans to attend an award ceremony in central Tokyo on Saturday and an orphanage on Sunday, said Broderick Morris, Jackson's local agent in Japan. The 47-year-old singer, one of the top-selling recording acts of all time, now lives in the Gulf state of Bahrain. He was acquitted by a jury last June of...

2006-03-17 15:13:07

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson has shuttered his Neverland Valley Ranch home and laid off staff, but contrary to media reports the pop star has not shut down the estate for good, his spokeswoman said on Friday. Jackson's plans for the sprawling central California ranch have been in question since March 9, when state officials fined the singer $69,000 and effectively closed the estate because he allowed his workers compensation insurance to lapse. The...

2006-03-17 15:12:22

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson has shuttered his Neverland Valley Ranch home and laid off staff, but contrary to media reports the pop star has not shut down the estate for good, his spokeswoman said on Friday. Jackson's plans for the sprawling central California ranch have been in question since March 9, when state officials fined the singer $69,000 and effectively closed the estate because he allowed his workers compensation insurance to lapse. The...

2006-03-15 21:55:00

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Michael Jackson has made arrangements to pay employees at his shuttered Neverland Valley Ranch for the first time since December, avoiding legal action by the state of California, authorities said on Wednesday. But Neverland, which effectively was closed by the state last week because Jackson allowed his workers' compensation insurance to lapse, will remain shut down until the singer obtains the proper insurance, California Department of...

2006-02-01 19:34:53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman with a history of mental illness shot and killed an ex-neighbor before going on a rampage at a California mail facility where she once worked, raising the death toll to eight, police said on Wednesday. Santa Barbara police said Jennifer Sanmarco, 44, traveled from her home in New Mexico to the Southern California town of Goleta on Monday and shot and killed a woman in an apartment complex they shared about two years ago. Armed with a 9 mm pistol, she...

2006-02-01 14:20:48

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman with a history of erratic behavior who shot and killed seven people including herself at a California mail facility may have started her rampage by killing an ex-neighbor, police said on Wednesday. Santa Barbara police said they had found the body of woman with a gunshot wound to the head in a complex where former postal employee Jennifer Sanmarco used to live. The woman appeared to have been killed on Monday evening -- just before Sanmarco, 44, gunned...