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Stories with place: Santa Maria
  • Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:29 pm
  • SOLVANG, California - An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town.

  • 1 missing after being swept away off Central Coast 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 2:44 am
  • GUADALUPE, California - Rescuers scoured the waters off a Central Coast beach Sunday after three people were swept to sea during a baptism ceremony, and only two managed to return to shore on their own, authorities said.