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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
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NATIONAL
May 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A small group of people stood off to the side of a road near Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, staring at a column of flames from a derailed frieght train in the distance. "How far -- how far away you think we are?" a man asked. Before anyone could answer, a large explosion ripped through the air, sending a response to the onlookers scurrying away: Too close. The train explosion could be felt for miles in Rosedale, a few miles east of downtown Baltimore, where residents could see a towering black column of smoke rising into the air after the blast.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
There is nothing like listening to Stephen A. Smith drop names, places and other various references to his many friends in the sporting world when he's on ESPN's First Take morning program or breaking down the NBA on various other broadcasts. A lot of people don't like his shtick, but let's face it, most of the big-time personalities on sports television mimic talk radio these days: the louder and more emphatic you say it, the better. You don't have to be right. Or wrong.
WORLD
July 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Saturday dismissed as a "sham" a newly released video in which a Colombian rebel commander discusses contributing money to Correa's 2006 election campaign. The video, whose existence was revealed by the Associated Press on Friday, appears to lend credibility to allegations that the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia contributed to the Correa campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
SPORTS
August 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
South Korean weightlifter Sa Jae-hyouk, the 2008 Olympic champion in the men's 77-kilogram lift, dislocated his elbow Thursday while attempting to defend his title. It happened during his second lift, when he was attempting to press 357 pounds overhead. As you can see from the video, He screams in pain and immediately grabs his arm. Warning: The video is not for the squeamish.  
BUSINESS
December 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Getting holiday packages swiped from outside your door is an unfortunate risk of online shopping. Unless you're Al Alverson, a Texas homeowner with a security camera. When he returned home one recent day to discover that the FedEx package he was expecting was missing, he turned to his footage and discovered the culprit. And it wasn't the milkman. “I said, 'Oh my God, it's the UPS guy,'” Alverson told KHOU 11 News . In a video that's now posted on YouTube and circulating around Reddit, the Grinch in a brown uniform drops off a parcel at Alverson's door and then soon returns to nab the FedEx package.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
If there's one thing to be admired about Icona Pop -- and there are actually many! -- it's the utter shamelessness with which this Swedish electro duo puts its point across. Few pop acts, for instance, have ever captured the brat-tacular glee of being young as effectively as Icona Pop does in its monster stadium-rave hit " I Love It ," in which Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt dismiss some old dude with thrilling disdain: "You're from the '70s, but I'm a '90s bitch. " So Pop & Hiss can't really claim to be surprised by how openly the video for the group's latest single, "All Night," doubles as a commercial for Absolut -- specifically for the Swedish vodka maker's new Absolut Tune, a grim-sounding combination of vodka and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The players probably don't know about them, but there were celebrities that players' parents were familiar with at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Saturday during ceremonies unveiling the new baseball stadium. The above video offers a candid camera look at some. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Small business owners, take your website one step further and add a video showing off what you do. Don't know how? A two-hour workshop on video for small business owners will be held at the Small Business Administration office in Glendale on May 8. The free workshop is one of a variety of educational programs for small businesses sponsored by the SBA's Small Business Development Centers. The workshop aims to help business owners use video to get noticed online and get more clicks.
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