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Five great Bay Area playgrounds for kids

From the carousel at Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park to the twisty ladders of Walnut Creek's Arbolado Park, this quintet of Bay Area parks is sure to delight parents and kids alike. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.