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August 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
An elementary school in Georgia was evacuated after shots were reportedly fired at the school, and police have a suspect in custody, according to local media reports. There were no casualties immediately reported at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb, Ga. After news of the shots broke, helicopter TV footage showed a large crowd of students gathered behind the school, some gathering at buses. The scene looked calm as students and adults milled about on school property.
August 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Missy Elliott will perform alongside a roster of K-Pop superstars during KCON 2013, a two-day fan convention for the genre at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena later this month. Elliott will perform during the first U.S. taping of K-Pop countdown show “M Countdown” on Aug. 25 as part of the convention. The taping will also feature performances from K-Pop stars EXO, f(x), 2AM, Teen Top, Dynamic Duo and G-Dragon. But what will the Grammy-winning rapper -- known for her innovative, genre-hopping beats and quirky rhymes -- perform?
August 9, 2013 | By David Zucchino
ROCKMART, Ga. - Mike Patterson was known around this small town in the north Georgia hill country as a helpful and accommodating fellow. This spring, he climbed into a burning tractor-trailer and helped rescue the driver after a local highway accident. So Patterson's response after he spotted a 4-year-old girl drowning in rain-swollen Euharlee Creek on June 8 came as no surprise to anyone here. The burly drywaller dived in. But he slammed his head on the creek bottom, breaking his neck in three places.
August 1, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll. UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
July 30, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A bronze statue of Soviet-era dictator Josef Stalin will soon rise five stories over the museum dedicated to his brutal legacy in the small Georgian town of Gori, where he was born in 1878, the Culture Ministry in the former Soviet republic announced Tuesday. The 20-foot-tall statue was toppled in the dark of night from its 30-foot pedestal three years ago as vestiges of the totalitarian era in the Caucasus republic were eradicated by pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili . It has since been lying on the grounds of a military base in Gori.
July 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West's official video for “Black Skinhead” is finally out. West posted a link to the completed video for the single (stylized as "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD") on his website Monday morning. A rough cut of the clip, the first visual from his polarizing album “Yeezus,” leaked online earlier this month, igniting a furor of tweets from the rapper. “Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens,” he fired off . “Allow me and Nick to give the world what we've been losing sleep over.” RELATED: Kanye West tangles with another paparazzo In the black-and-white clip, a CGI-version of a very buff and shirtless West dances and raps in the dark using some coarse language as well as haunting images, including some rather ferocious Dobermans and Ku Klux Klan-inspired visuals.
July 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Hawaii works by painter Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in a special exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art beginning Friday. O'Keeffe is best known for her colorful portrayals of flowers and the Southwest, and Adams for his expansive California landscapes. But both found a wealth of subjects during their visits to Hawaii . O'Keeffe traveled to the islands in 1939 to create advertising illustrations for Hawaii Pineapple Co. (now Dole)
June 25, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Chris Brown is fighting back after Los Angeles city prosecutors charged the R&B singer with driving without a valid license and hit-and-run on Tuesday. In May the singer allegedly rear-ended another vehicle and allegedly failed to exchange information with the other driver. Prosecutors also say he did not produce a driver's license and left the scene without providing proof of insurance. With any salacious headline related to the embattled R&B singer the news quickly heated up the blogsphere and Twitter, which is where he went to defend himself against “bullying” and vented his frustration at the woman involved in the incident.
May 31, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will begin offering a " Behind the Scenes Tour ” of the artist's home and studio in Abiquiu, N.M., giving vistors a rare glimpse into her private world. The weekly tour begins June 12.   O'Keeffe bought the 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era compound in 1945 from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She then spent the next few years restoring the structure with her friend Maria Chabot. O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico permanently in 1949 after the death of her husband.
May 1, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.
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