Santa Barbara News

Pipeline Owner Held Liable for Economic Damages Caused by Oil Spill

An energy company whose criminal negligence caused an oil spill that soiled California beaches cannot escape liability for the damages it caused just because it is designated as a public utility, a California appellate court ruled in a split decision. …

NTSB to Vote on Probable Cause of Fatal California Boat Fire

LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is …