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Katy Perry in legal battle over former convent

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 29, 2015 - 9:20am
Katy Perry has entered into a legal battle over the purchase of a former Los Angeles convent.

Justices uphold use of execution drug

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 7:27am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.

Rainfall has minimal effect on Lake Fire

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 7:03am

Rain was a concern but a welcome one Sunday in the fight against the more than 30,000-acre Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, the downside being that rain could also bring more disaster as it falls.

Global stocks down as Greece limits withdrawals

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 6:37am

LONDON (AP) - Global stock markets took a battering Monday after Greece shuttered its banks for the week and imposed limits on cash withdrawals - developments that have reinforced fears the country is heading for a messy exit from the euro that could shake the world economy.

Group to dive off Santa Barbara Co. after spill

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 6:00am

Reef Check volunteers plan to dive in waters off Refugio State Beach this week, collecting data on fish and other critters usually spotted there.

Slight cooling expected at end of the week

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 5:38am

Upper-level high pressure will remain in place over the Great Basin for much of the week, pushing varying amounts of monsoonal moisture into the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Library hosting Sherlock Holmes creator program

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 29, 2015 - 5:00am

The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi on Thursday will stage a program devoted to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

WATCH: Diddy takes a tumble during BET Awards

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 29, 2015 - 3:49am
Diddy took a nasty tumble during a performance at the BET Awards. But luckily, he brushed the whole thing off and continued with the epic show.

BET Awards: Nicki Minaj brings mom onstage

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 29, 2015 - 2:51am
Nicki Minaj might have brought her new man, Meek Mill, as her date to the BET Awards. But it was her mom who joined her onstage to accept an award.

‘By the People’ and ‘Wages of Rebellion’

NY Times Books - June 29, 2015 - 2:00am
George Packer on new books by Charles Murray and Chris Hedges about collective discontent in America.









‘The Full Catastrophe,’ by James Angelos

NY Times Books - June 29, 2015 - 2:00am
As the debt crisis drags on, Greece grapples with austerity.









BET Awards honor Janet Jackson with epic tribute

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 29, 2015 - 12:27am
The 2015 BET Awards had plenty of memorable moments, but perhaps none greater than the Queen of Pop's triumphant return to the stage.

'Bar Rescue' deals with drunk bartenders

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 28, 2015 - 11:31pm
Retired baseball player Dan Serafini's bar was striking out with customers. And the bartenders weren't exactly all stars either.

'Naked And Afraid' hopeful makes a comeback

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 28, 2015 - 11:17pm
On 'Naked and Afraid,' a contestant who tapped out after four days on a previous episode returned to the show to make it to the end of the challenge.

'Catch A Contractor' tackles dangerous backyard

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 28, 2015 - 9:58pm
This week's episode of 'Catch a Contractor' left a family with a backyard so unusable, it became a huge death trap for them.

Two injured in Simi Valley vehicle rollover

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 28, 2015 - 9:44pm
One person suffered severe injuries while another had moderate injuries after their vehicle rolled over Sunday night in Simi Valley.

Senior living center to honor veterans

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 28, 2015 - 7:38pm

Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura will have its annual Salute to Veterans event Wednesday.

Ojai sees more money for schools

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 28, 2015 - 7:37pm

The Ojai Unified School District's new budget includes state money that will be used primarily for raises, more staff and the elimination of furlough days.

'Jurassic World' spends third week at top

Ventura County Star - Entertainment - June 28, 2015 - 7:17pm
For the third week in a row, "Jurassic World" dominated the box office, bringing in $54 million, and barely nudging "Inside Out" into second place.

Anderson channels Sam Smith at BET Awards

Ventura County Star - Happening Now - June 28, 2015 - 7:15pm

BET Awards co-host Anthony Anderson brought on the laughs when he dressed as singer Sam Smith, who won best new artist Sunday but didn't attend the awards show.

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