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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies seized 19 roosters and detained four people, including an 85-year-old man, over the weekend after discovering an alleged cockfighting ring, authorities said Tuesday. About 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to complaints about a group of cars parked on private land near the Santa Maria Airport, said Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. When the deputies arrived at the wooded area, Hoover said, they found about 20 cars parked in a field and could hear roosters.
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NATIONAL
January 4, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
After six days of receiving treatment for pneumonia, Barbara Bush - the wife of one president and the mother of another - was released from Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning. "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible," Bush, 88, said in a statement. Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, 89, was admitted to the hospital on New Year's Eve for a "respiratory-related issue," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized Thursday after being admitted  earlier this week for early signs of pneumonia. Bush, 88, was being treated at Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center for treatment of a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said. “She's still doing great, still in great spirits. We have not heard any plans for discharge just yet -- we're still in a wait-and-see mode,” spokesman Jim McGrath told The Times on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Susan King
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. The award presentation and tribute will take place Feb. 6 at the Arlington Theatre. The Oscar-winning director and the Oscar-nominated actor have collaborated on five films - "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened Christmas Day. On the set: movies and TV "Scorsese and DiCaprio's partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart - and even Scorsese and De Niro," festival executive director Roger Durling said in a statement Thursday.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday, two days after she was admitted for a respiratory-related problem. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night that there was "nothing new to report" on the 88-year-old's condition at Houston's Texas Medical Center. Bush, the wife of 41st president George H.W. Bush, drew a New Year's message from President Obama.  "Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery," the president said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Jason La
Damian Gadal stumbled on hundreds of candles placed inside small paper bags in and around Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara on Dec. 14. The candles started in the park, lined a set of stairs leading to the beach and then traced the coastline, Gadal said. He didn't see any indication of what the candles were for, but he gathers that they were part of an elaborate marriage proposal. Gadal used a Sony Alpha NEX-7. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like Barbara Walters was fascinating enough to give ABC a ratings win Wednesday night. "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013" drew 8.84-million viewers on average and a rating of 2.1 in the key 18-to-49 demographic, making it the highest-rated telecast of the night on the major networks, according to Nielsen.  Viewership for the retiring news veteran's last "Most Fascinating People" special, which revealed...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Susan King
The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Tuesday that Robert Redford will receive the American Riviera Award at a tribute Feb. 7 at the Arlington Theatre. The festival takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Redford, 77, has starred in such classic films as 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1973's "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" and won a best director Oscar for his debut feature as a filmmaker, 1980's "Ordinary People. " Redford also changed the landscape of independent cinema, establishing Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Leave it to Barbara Walters to get Miley Cyrus to open up about her ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Wait, didn't Ellen DeGeneres already do that ? Yes, but 2013 has the unfortunate moniker of becoming the year of Miley Cyrus. Barb asked Cyrus the really tough question about whether she believed she agreed too quickly to getting engaged to "The Hunger Games" star. It turns out little Miley was afraid of being alone. "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had this entire year," Cyrus told Walters in her " Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 " interview.
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