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Source of Oil Slick Sought, but California Beaches Stay Open

The Coast Guard hopes lab tests will determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick floating about 1,000 yards off California's Santa Barbara County shoreline. Authorities said the three-mile sheen was harmless to people, and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas in the same general area. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea...

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