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April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two transients arrested in Orange County on suspicion of killing four women were registered sex offenders who were required to wear electronic monitoring devices and check in with police every 30 days, according to law enforcement authorities and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday evening in an industrial part of Anaheim, just blocks from the trash-sorting center where the body of one victim, Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found last month.
April 12, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
This is not a review, exactly, of the new season of "Mad Men," its seventh and, depending on how you slice it, its last. In order to hang on to this jewel as long as is seemly, AMC will divide its 14 episodes into two parts, to conclude in 2015. It could dollop it out over 14 years, I suppose, each year bringing a single new hour, as precious as that new Wu-Tang album. But there is only so much the people will stand. This is also not a review partly because Matthew Weiner, whose creation this is, is finicky about spoilers - "finicky" doesn't really do it justice.
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Two men have been arrested in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County, including one whose body was found at an Anaheim trash center and three others who disappeared from Santa Ana .  Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked...
April 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Touching the Wild" (PBS, Wednesday). "That deer was willing to see me as an individual, and he very clearly saw that I granted him his individuality," says naturalist Joe Hutto of the meeting that led to years spent becoming one with the mule deer of Wyoming. "I was not seeing something, I was seeing someone. " If any part of that sentence or this one -- "I don't mind going beyond science, and I try to walk a fine line between the science and the sentiment; this is about making contact with the wild" -- seems wrong to you, you will want to stay far from this lovely film, presented as an episode of "Nature," a companion to Hutto's book "Touching the Wild: Living With the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch.
April 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. men's national soccer team climbed a spot to No. 13 in the FIFA world rankings for April, returning to where it been two months earlier and equaling the team's highest spot in the poll since October 2009. Two months before the start of this summer's World Cup in Brazil, defending champion Spain remained No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Germany and Portugal. Germany and Portugal were both drawn into the four-team group the U.S. will play in this summer's World Cup. Ghana, the fourth team in the group, dropped three spots to No. 38 in the rankings.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
“Fargo”: For those who remember that miracle of watching the Coen brothers' deeply dark and hilarious 1996 masterpiece unfurl across the big screen, FX's bold, brave experiment in cinematic crossover takes some getting used to, but it's well worth the effort.   Written by Noah Hawley (with the Coens' blessing), this “Fargo” is at once eerily similar and completely different than the film that inspired it. Yes, we are once again traveling down a narrow strip of highway that bifurcates the snowy plains of Minnesota into a tiny town where the local accent is a running joke and the introduction of violence is about to turn everything inside out. As in the film, there is a hit man, played with dark brilliance by Billy Bob Thornton, a whining milquetoast (Martin Freeman)
April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports days after coming out to his family and teammates. " 'Happy' is not even the word," Gordon told Outsports. "It's a great feeling. I haven't felt like this. Ever. It's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I can finally breathe now and live life happily. I told all the people I need to tell. " It's a dramatic turnaround for Gordon, a sophomore starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Minutemen this season.
April 9, 2014 | By Diana Marcum, Scott Gold and Marisa Gerber
RICHGROVE, Calif. - In March 2013, a man with brooding, mahogany eyes and a walrus mustache traveled from his home in California to visit relatives in Alabama. The trip did not end well. When a business acquaintance insulted Jose Manuel Martinez's daughter, Martinez put two bullets in the man's head, officials said. It was a matter "of family honor," Errek Jett, an Alabama prosecutor, said Wednesday. But it was not, it turned out, the first time he had killed - far from it, authorities believe.
April 8, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama used his executive power and a hot-button issue to try to stoke support from a key election-year constituency Tuesday, as he issued two directives aimed at ensuring federal contractors pay women as much as men for equal work. Surrounding himself with female supporters at the White House, Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make. Advocates say secrecy about salaries is a major contributor to the gap in average pay between male and female workers in the United States, which the White House says means women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The president also ordered contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation paid to employees by gender and race.
April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men accused of trying to smuggle roughly two tons of marijuana onto the beaches of Malibu in a panga-style boat were charged Tuesday in federal court. Carlos Millan-Rogel, Jesus Aaron Guevara-Moreno and Victor Ayala-Marin face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office. A 20-page affidavit filed with the complaint says the three men were caught by authorities Monday morning on the sand at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu where the boat was found washed up on the sand, leaking gas and smelling strongly of marijuana.
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