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SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
    There has been a lot of discussion during the London Olympics about the inclusion of some, um, questionable sports in the Games. Some say they should be eliminated, some say no. Some say certain sports should be added, some say no. Some of The Times' Olympic crew took on the topic Wednesday morning during our daily live chat. What? You haven't been watching our daily live chats on Google hangout? We have them every Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. PDT. Adding and dropping sports wasn't the only topic at today's chat, but you can watch that part of it in the video above.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Part of what drew choreographer Benjamin Millepied to Los Angeles -- in addition to his wife, Natalie Portman -- - was the creative electricity and pioneering spirit of the city. One goal of his L.A. Dance Project, formed earlier this year, is to present dance outside of the traditional confines of theater walls. L.A., Millepied said, is the perfect place to execute this.  "The light, the architecture, hanging out with visual artists -- there was so much discovery every time I came here,” he said by phone from London.
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.  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Officials at UC Irvine have launched an investigation after a public outcry over a recent video produced by students from a fraternity that showed a person in blackface . Thomas Parham , UC Irvine's vice chancellor for student affairs, said Thursday that he was notified of the video earlier this week and that it involved four students who were doing a parody of a song that included mimicking performers like Justin Timberlake ...
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