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August 31, 2012
The Martini Shot: Lightning strike splits tree, narrowly missing man

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. For today, you know those times when you're plain lucky to escape harm. This man had one of those moments captured on videotape. He narrowly escapes when lightning rips a tree into shards of wood seconds after he walked past it. The car is to the right, the tree prominent in the middle.

August 31, 2012
Two-faced cat getting huge Internet following

Venus the two-faced cat is getting a lot of attention on the Internet. She has two distinct fur and eye colors, split right down the middle of her face. There were some doubts that Venus was real, but an appearance on "The Today Show" ended all that. First, Patrick Jones of Buzz 60 gives it a spin. Then, watch the YouTube video raw.

August 31, 2012
A little Simon Cowell news: He rescues 9 ship passengers; Britney's 'X-Factor' promos

Simon Cowell to the rescue
"The X Factor" judge helps save the lives of nine passengers on a sinking ship. Here are the details.

Britney Spears is in the spotlight in a recently-released "X-Factor" promo.
Spears joins Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the show's judging panel. And, from the looks of the promo, which includes one "oops" moment, contestants get to see silly, serious and sweet sides of the singer. Buzz 60's Priya Desai has the story.

August 31, 2012
Reactions to Clint Eastwood's Republican convention empty chair act

Today, let's visit some of the top reactions to Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention. You might recall his crazy empty chair interview with a fictional Barack Obama on the last night of the convention that threatened to steal the show from Mitt Romney. First is Buzz 60's report. Then, Ann Romney's response.
(Also, See what celebrities were tweeting.)

Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose speak with Anne Romney about Eastwood's moment and Mitt Romney.

August 30, 2012
The Martini Shot: Stingray nearly jumps out of tank for food

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Just a fun ending to the day: A mother and her baby dangling food over a stingray tank gives them a surprise.

August 30, 2012
E! Online: Rimes enters treatment; pole dancing on the L Train; Navy Seal talks of bin Laden raid

LeAnn Rimes enters treatment
The singer who just celebrated her 30th birthday is seeking help for anxiety and stress. Get the details in this E! online report.

August 29, 2012
The Martini Shot: 550-lb WWII bomb blast damages homes; Snooki leaves hospital; pit crew toppled

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Today, have a three-martini break on us. Here you go:

Raw video: 550-lb. WWII bomb detonated
Explosives experts in Germany detonated the remains of a 550-pound World War II bomb in central Munich on Tuesday. About 3,000 residents were forced to leave their homes and debris caused fires in several nearby buildings

First look at Snooki's baby boy
The "Jersey Shore" star is spotted heading home after giving birth. See Snooki cradle Lorenzo as she leaves the hospital. See what she tweets. See who is following here everywhere.

Eager race car driver takes out crew with stuck airhose

August 29, 2012
Curiosity sends color images of Mars

Curiosity, the NASA rover on Mars sent to find out if the Red Planet was ever capable of supporting life, has sent back images of khaki-colored Martian terrain features.

August 29, 2012
Raw video: Watch Isaac pound surf-watchers on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans

Cold water in the face? That's what Isaac delivers to these thrill-seekers.

August 28, 2012
The Martini Shot: Florida Panhandle braces for Isaac - sights and sounds of a hurricane

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Have a sip as we watch what Isaac does. Raw video as the Florida Panhandle is bracing for what is expected to be a soaking from Hurricane Isaac. Rain from the storm could total up to 20 inches in isolated areas.

August 28, 2012
Gabby's claims disputed; bank exec sues LAPD; an exploding birthday cake

Gabby's racist claims disputed
Treaction to Gabby Douglas' remarks. Gym CEO denies the Olympic champ was bullied.

Bank executive claims excessive force in suit against LAPD
Brian Mulligan says he was beaten up by LAPD officers in a case of mistaken identity. Some pictures in the report are graphic.

Viral video: Man gets an exploding cake on his 50th birthday

David Banks got quite the surprise on his 50th birthday. His co-workers thought an exploding birthday cake would be an appropriate way to celebrate. He comes close to being hurt, it appears, but keeps his humor. I don't think I would have.

August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong's historical moon walk: Reliving the moment

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died today due to complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. Read the obituary here.


August 25, 2012
Raw video: Lance Armstrong not slowing down, races again

A day after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Lance Armstrong with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he was back on his bike racing in Colorado. Here is the story on the race.

August 24, 2012
The Martini Shot: Fla. police collar car chase suspects in raw video

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Let's end the day with this:

Florida police ended a high speed chase through Miami-Dade county with what appears to be the capture of at least three suspects. There's nothing like a good car chase, especially when the bad guys get caught.

August 24, 2012
Kardashian goes disco; team's rude awakening; woman, baby fall on tracks

Kim Kardashian's wild newlook
The E! star shares pics from a Diana Ross-inspired shoot. Check out the big hair, gold hoop earrings and crazy makeup.

Soccer team gets frightening wake-up call
In a common practice in the world of soccer, Scandanavian soccer fans give an opposing team's players a nasty wake up call.


Woman with baby races for subway, falls onto tracks
A woman holding her baby fell right off the subway platform and onto the tracks in Cambridge, Mass. This is the raw video. On "CBS This Morning," co-host Gayle King reported that the woman thought the train across the tracks was hers and was attempting to make it. Both baby and woman are reportedly OK.

August 24, 2012
Graphic raw video: Victims outside Empire State Building shooting

Warning: Graphic elements in this video. Passersby try to help victims shot outside the Empire State Building on Friday.

August 24, 2012
Raw video: Shooting outside Empire State Building

Fire officials say several people have been shot outside the Empire State Building. A fire department spokesman says it received a call about the shooting just after at 9 a.m. Friday and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.

August 23, 2012
Raw video: Mars rover, jettison to touchdown

NASA has recently released video of the NASA Curiosity rover landing from the jettison of the head shield to the touchdown

August 23, 2012
From the news reel: Turtle on a wild ride in Oceanside

Police are trying to find whomever was responsible for duct-taping a turtle to several balloons and letting it fly in a San Diego neighborhood. Despite the animal abuse, the turtle was OK.

August 23, 2012
Man rides teeny tiny bicycle; rafting on an air mattress; prince races Olympian swimmer

Man rides mini bike
In Russia, a man takes out a very small bike and rides it down the street.

Raw video: Air mattress raft ride
Three men took advantage of flooding in the Las Vegas area to go raft riding on an air mattress. Authorities eventually made them stop. Read the related story here.

Raw video: Prince Harry vegas swim race
Britain's Prince Harry raced U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Ryan Lochte during a Las Vegas pool party. The video is really grainy but you get the general atmosphere at the pool. The Prince's visit has received a great deal of media attention after nude photos of him surfaced.

August 22, 2012
The Martini Shot: Unheard Martin Luther King audio found in attic

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Today, let's listen to this AP exclusive. A Tennessee man searching through his attic several months ago discovered a piece of American history: An audio reel of an unreleased interview with Dr. Martin Luther King conducted by his father for a book project that was never finished.

August 22, 2012
Prince Harry naked pictures surface

Here's a report on Prince Harry's trip to Vegas that is all over the Internet. What happens in Vegas apparently doesn't always stay in Vegas, TMZ obtained exclusive pictures of the Prince partying in his hotel room...naked. Vanessa Yurkevich has the show and tell about his wild weekend.

August 22, 2012
Man falls off scooter while showing off

OK, don't try this - for this very reason. A man on a scooter tries showing off by doing a wheelie but the scooter flips and sends him falling onto the pavement. The crowd applauds.

August 22, 2012
Celebrity news: Uma's close call; Ripa's new partner; K-Stew comes out; Suri sticks out tongue

Uma Thurman: The new mom almost hits the pavement when carrying her one-month-old baby in NYC.

Kelly Ripa: According to reports, Michael Strahan will take over for Regis Philbin as Kelly's partner on the morning show. How many did he beat out? And what about his football show?

August 21, 2012
The Martini Shot: Doctors remove steel bar from motorcyclists' head

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Here's one - a man from china is recovering after doctors removed a twisted steel bar from his head. One word: Ouch! One more word: Amazing!

August 21, 2012
Preview: EA claims Madden NFL 13 is game-changing

EA Sports leading designer Patrick Bellanca talks about Madden NFL 13 and promises a game-changing experience with the Infinity Engine and its all-new physics, as well as Connected Careers mode for connecting players to the NFL like never before. There may even be some Tebowing. Ultimately, you'll make the call.

August 21, 2012
From the news reel: Venice skateboarder beaten by LAPD on video

A 20-year-old Venice man and his family are calling for justice, claiming police pinned him to the ground and beat him after he was already subdued. This video is from a KTLA report. Read the story here.

August 17, 2012
The Martini Shot: Baby can't stop laughing at spraying dogs with hose

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. What a great video to end the day and the work week. Unmitigated mirth is contagious as we see in this video of a baby who can't stop laughing at spraying two dogs with a garden hose.

August 17, 2012
Lady Gaga's bodyguard takes down autograph seeker

Caught on camera: One of Lady Gaga's bodyguards takes down an autograph seeker.

August 16, 2012
The Martini Shot: Presleys remember Elvis 35 years later

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Well, today marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and last night thousands of fans swarmed to Elvis' famous Memphis residence, Graceland, for a candlelight vigil honoring the late legend. ET caught up with Presley's former wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie, who made an impromptu appearance at the annual vigil.

August 16, 2012
Motor-home racing - on a track hopefully not near you

Don't try this on a freeway. Watch the mayhem while participants try to explain why they do it.

August 16, 2012
Viral video: NASA's 'Sexy And I Know It' parody about Mars Curiosity

Just when I thought I was tired of LMFAO and "Call Me Maybe" parodies, the engineers and scientists at NASA come up with a totally entertaining spoof of "Sexy and I Know It." It features the Mohawk Guy, of whom you can read more about in this story on the new "Geek Chic.". This is a very entertaining video.

August 15, 2012
The Martini Shot: Armless guitar player performs with Goo Goo Dolls

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. A teenage guitarist born without arms got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was invited to play onstage with his idols. Here's some of that performance.


If you want to see more of George Dennehy, here's the YouTube video hit of his performance of the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris."


August 15, 2012
Kate Middleton's cousin poses for Playboy

Things happen when you find out you're related to royalty. A distant relative of the duchess, Katrina Darling, a burlesque dancer who only recently found out about her royal ties, models in the men's magazine, E! Online reports

August 14, 2012
The Martini Shot: Cat falls through ceiling during lecture

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Here's one for you. A cat fell through the ceiling of a university classroom in Costa Rica. I like the way the cat walks back across the front of the classroom toward the end of the video.

August 14, 2012
'Four more beers:' Obama helps fairgoers quench thirst

President Barack Obama must have gained at least 10 more votes here. The Iowa State Fair wasn't on his official schedule, but the lure of a beer and a pork chop may have been too much to pass up. During a stop at a Bud Light booth, chants of four more years quickly turned into 4 more beers.

August 14, 2012
Katy Perry's waterslide wardrobe malfunction

As a crowd watches, the singer loses her bikini bottom at a water park.

August 14, 2012
Caught on tape: Car flies off Pikes Peak, rolls a dozen times

Don't worry. No serious injuries here. Amazingly. The video from CBS shows a race car taking part in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, taking a turn too fast, rolling down a large hill and breaking apart.

August 11, 2012
Spice Girls reunite for Olympic closing ceremony

E! Online spots all five original members rehearsing for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

August 10, 2012
The Martini Shot: Kid does pullups on a 360-foot tower

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Here's a report on a viral video of Ukranian kid doing pullups on a 360-foot tower. He leaps off the side, onto a cross bar, and does several pull-ups well above the ground.

August 10, 2012
How Miranda Kerr sells boots

The supermodel poses in nothing but a pair of boots for "Harper's Bazaar." E! Online tells about the steamy photos.

August 10, 2012
Sleeping swimmer causes a scare

This sleeping swimmer caused quite a scare. He apologized but said he was just enjoying life to its fullest.

August 9, 2012
The Martini Shot: KittyCams and stuck moose

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Here are two animal videos to end the day on. First, did you ever wonder what your cat does when you're not there? In the second video, a Utah deputy frees a moose stuck in a swingset.

Researchers at the University of Georgia armed 55 domestic cats with cameras, known as KittyCams, to learn more about their behavior. Scientists discovered cats hide, kill small animals and even find second families for food and shelter. Learn more about the KittyCam.

Sgt. Lane Findlay isn't usually called out to assist such large creatures as he patrols his beat in the mountains north of Salt Lake City. But this weekend, Findlay found himself face to face with a moose entangled in a backyard swing set.

August 9, 2012
Deer jumps out at competitive motorcyclist during race

Close to the finish line, a competitive motorcyclist encounters a deer. The deer jumps up into the path of the motorcycle. After the crash, the man picks up his cycle and manages to finish first. The report says the deer was unharmed, too.

August 9, 2012
Report: Summer is hatchling season for American crocs

Here is the video version of a popular online AP story. Every summer is hatchling season for American crocodiles at one South Florida nuclear power plant where the imperiled species is thriving. Biologists say crocodiles time their breeding and nesting to correspond with the season. Read the story here.

August 9, 2012
No secrets: Ripa raves about Botox

With a little reminder from the kids and a little help from her doctor, Kelly Ripa, the morning talk show host, keeps her looks. In an E! Online take, she admits to getting the cosmetic procedure as much as possible.

August 8, 2012
The Martini Shot: Joan Rivers protests over Costco not selling her book

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Joan Rivers gets the honors today.

In a report that received a lot of publicity today, acid-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers was escorted out of the Burbank Costco after she protested that the wholesaler would not sell her book.

August 8, 2012
Video released of fatal Ark. officer shooting

Some viewers may find this video disturbing. It shows how dangerous it is to be a law enforcement officer, and how quickly situations can turn deadly. In a dashboard video of the attack, an Arkansas police officer is fatally shot during a traffic stop last year. Read the story of the released video here.

August 8, 2012
Hillary Clinton boogies down in South Africa

Well, it's not as bad as Elaine on "Seinfeld." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets her groove on in Johannesburg, dancing as partygoers cheer her on at a dinner hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

August 8, 2012
Store owner takes on robber with broom, display rack

A convenience store owner in New Bedford, Mass., takes on a knife-wielding robber, first with a broomstick, and then with a display race in an incident caught on video tape.

August 8, 2012
Dad builds a backyard roller coaster out of PVC pipe for his kid

How cool would this have been when you were a kid? I wish I had had the DIY skill to pull it off for my son.

August 7, 2012
The Martini Shot: Baby fights to stay awake

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Today, we give you a clip of a baby fighting to stay awake. It could be any of us at 2:30 in the afternoon, right?

August 7, 2012
Man gets stuck in highway traffic ... in a shopping cart

A Russian man ties up traffic in an unusual way - and seems not to disturbed over the entire episode.

August 7, 2012
Smoking orangutan is moved to rehab

This 15-year-old orangutan has been smoking for over a decade, thanks to zoo visitors tossing butts into his habitat.

August 7, 2012
Love in the air at the Olympics

World famous director Danny Boyle, who produced the Olympics opening ceremonies, has teamed up with a younger actress. E! Online has the dating scoop.

Meanwhile, Michael Phelps has been getting cozy with a beautiful blonde model - and it appears serious, E! Online tells.

August 4, 2012
The Martini Shot: Remembering Marilyn Monroe

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Here it is:

Matt LeBlanc, Lucy Liu, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kristin Kreuk, Lisa Kudrow, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis reveal their feelings about Marilyn Monroe's legacy on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the star's death. See our Marilyn Monroe gallery here.

August 4, 2012
Funny video: Will Ferrell cries over K-Stew scandal

The funnyman calls Kristen Stewart a "Trampire" for cheating on Robert Pattinson. Check out his hilarious emotional outburst on Conan's show.

August 4, 2012
Raw Video: Can't keep alleged iPhone thief caged

What an escape. A man who allegedly stole someone's iPhone on the subway was briefly trapped before getting away.

August 4, 2012
Raw video: Record skydive in Illinois

They look like a colorful flock of birds in the sky. After days and multiple attempts at the world record for a formation during a head first vertical drop, 138 skydivers set the mark Friday in Ottawa, Illinois. Videographer Brian Buckland was along for the record jump. Read the story here.

August 3, 2012
The Martini Shot: A couple happy-birthday-to-you's

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. So we leave you with these images - some regular folk singing happy birthday to a couple famous people, namely Tom Brady and Barack Obama.

1) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned 35 on Friday, and fans at the team practice at Gillette Stadium let him know it. He appears to be all about business, though.

2) President Barack Obama, who turns 51 Saturday, was serenaded to the tune of "Happy Birthday" on Thursday during the start of a campaign rally in battleground Florida.

August 3, 2012
From the news reel: NorCal fire; Mars landing; viral survival video

Here's a collection of videos from news events.

1) If all goes well, the Curiosity Mars rover will complete a complicated routine and land safely on Mars on Sunday. NASA scientists and engineers break it down for you. Also, read about 5 things you may not know about the planet.

August 3, 2012
Tanning Mom has a new look from when we last saw her

You never know who will be thrust into the headlines. Remember Tanning Mom? Well, she isn't tan anymore. Patricia Krentcil takes a break from the tanning bed. See her surprising new look, thanks to E! Online.

August 3, 2012
E! Online brings you William and Kate's rare PDA

Seeing your country win Olympic gold will always heat things up. The usually prim and proper royal couple lets loose with an affectionate moment.

August 3, 2012
Video Break debut: Bulldog gets 500 porcupine quills to the face

It's a big video world out there. We hope you stop here each day to find a handful of selected video gems worth viewing. Come back at 5 p.m. for the "Martini Shot," a Hollywood term that describes the final shot that wraps up the day.

Let's get started with this video of a bulldog that gets 500 porcupine quills to the face. And I thought my dog getting skunked the other night was the worst thing.



About Video Break

David Caraccio is a Sacramento native and online news editor with over 23 years of journalism experience. A graduate of San Diego State University, he enjoys finding and viewing videos worth watching. Email: dcaraccio@sacbee.com. On Twitter: @DavidCaraccio. Phone: (916) 321-1125.

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