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So here’s a weird thing. Today my copy of the LA Times has five sections instead of the usual four. The new section is called LATExtra, and it features “late-breaking stories, primarily from California but also including the latest possible reporting from throughout the nation and the world.”

That’s fine, I guess. But as near as I can tell, the front page of today’s inaugural LATExtra doesn’t contain a single late-breaking story. They’re all just ordinary news pieces. The inside pages seem equally non-urgent. Very strange.

UPDATE: Thanks, commenters! Apparently the LAT leased its presses to the Wall Street Journal, which gets the late press run. So the composing room deadline for the LAT’s news pages has moved up to early evening. LATExtra then gets anything late breaking, which I guess is defined as anything later than about 6 pm. Or something. LAObserved has the story.

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