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June 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH -- The last we heard anything about Clayton Kershaw's potential contract extension, it was shortly after opening day, when The Times reported that nothing was imminent . Well, it looks as if Kershaw and the Dodgers are moving toward a deal. Exactly how close the two sides are remains unknown, but Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports is reporting they are “making progress” on a seven-year contract extension. Citing unnamed major league sources, Rosenthal is reporting the potential deal would be worth more than the record $180-million contract Justin Verlander signed with the Detroit Tigers this year.
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April 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
British writer David Mitchell's next novel will be "The Bone Clocks," publishing on Sept. 9, 2014, his publisher Random House told the L.A. Times on Monday. The announcement includes new details about "The Bone Clocks" as well as news of a three-book deal with Mitchell, a two-time Booker Prize finalist. "The Bone Clocks" will be, Random House writes, "a stunning epic that follows Holly Sykes, who runs away from her home in Southwest England in 1984 and 60 years later is raising her granddaughter on the coast of Ireland, as almost everything about her world has changed forever.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network has struck a new deal with Hoak Media and will resume carrying the Dallas-based TV station owner's 14 stations. Last week, Hoak Media's smaller-market stations were pulled from Dish after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new distribution agreement. Although such spats between programmers and distributors have become commonplace, this one was noteworthy because Dish said Hoak had cited the satellite operator's new commercial skipping device, known as the AutoHop, as a reason it was pulling its stations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before thinking of a good April Fools' Day joke. The Skinny: I don't want to hear any spoilers about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother. " Although I haven't watched the show in maybe five years I've decided to catch up, so be considerate! Today's roundup includes some tough new FCC rules for local broadcasters. Also, the spec-script market heats up and "How I Met Your Mother" says goodbye. Daily Dose: Viacom, owner of cable channels MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is still negotiating a new deal with National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents small cable operators.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Major producers and unions representing various crafts workers in the film and TV business have negotiated a new labor contract. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it had reached an agreement on a new three-year deal with the Basic Crafts Unions, whose members include electricians, plumbers, utility workers, location managers and studio drivers. Modeled on a similar contract recently struck by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the new contract provides a 2% annual wage increase and additional funding for the unions' health plan.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, according to ESPN Deportes . Ramirez spoke to ESPN Deportes in the Dominican Republic, where he and the other members of the country's World Baseball Classic championship team were honored. “I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter,” Ramirez said in Spanish. Ramirez is under contract for one more season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career , saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
It's time for another round of deal, delay or drop with your hosts Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp.  Earlier this week, the two media giants kept viewers on the edge of their seats wondering whether the CBS signal would disappear from Time Warner Cable systems in Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere. After trading lots of blows, including a brief knockout of the CBS signal, the two sides agreed to keep negotiating in the hopes of coming to terms on a new distribution contract.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
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September 18, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The New Deal A Modern History Michael Hiltzik Free Press: 499 pp., $30 Michael Hiltzik's "Colossus," published last year, told the story of the building of what is now known as the Hoover Dam, an epic public works project that was seized upon by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an icon of his New Deal. Hiltzik's latest, an extension of "Colossus" in a way, moves on to the subject of the New Deal itself, beginning with FDR's election in November 1932 and his inauguration four months later on a cold, damp day when America, in the midst of a banking collapse, was a "stupefied giant standing face to face with insolvency.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a $110-million, five-year contract, making him the highest-paid NFL player ever, according to NFL.com . Rodgers' new deal averages $22-million a year -- including a total payout of $40 million in the first year -- besting the $20.1-million Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is set make on his new $120-million, six-year contract, which had previously made the reigning Super Bowl...
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels and outfielder Mike Trout agreed Friday to a six-year contract extension that guarantees him $144.5 million. The Angels will formally announce the deal Saturday at Angel Stadium, before the Freeway Series finale against the Dodgers. The new deal covers Trout's three arbitration years and buys out his first three years of free-agent eligibility. The deal includes a no-trade clause but does not allow Trout to opt out of the deal at any point, according to people familiar with its structure.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Writer Budd Schulberg isn't around to see it, but Wednesday, on his 100th birthday, he landed a new Hollywood deal. Schulberg, who died at 95 in 2009, was the son of a Hollywood film producer who first made his mark with the bestselling, iconic Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" and went on to win an Oscar for the script of 1954's "On the Waterfront. " Deadline reports that his widow, Betsy Schulberg, has signed with Gersh to represent his estate. According to agency co-head Bob Gersh, “He was an American treasure and a Hollywood legend, and we couldn't be more pleased at Gersh to work with his estate on future projects that will entertain and inform audiences for generations to come.” But Schulberg's legacy isn't quite that simple.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The sexual assault case against Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was suspended indefinitely Tuesday pending new plea negotiations, one day after a military judge's extraordinary ruling that there was evidence the Army had interfered in previous negotiations. Army Col. James L. Pohl ruled Monday after new evidence came to light. He gave Sinclair's lawyers an opportunity to seek a plea agreement even though Sinclair's previous offer to plead guilty to lesser charges had been rejected.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Mike Trout had not wanted to discuss his potential nine-figure payday other than to call the reports of a massive contract extension "pretty funny. " What exactly did he find funny? "The numbers they throw out," Trout said Monday. "It's crazy what people are saying, and throwing out numbers like that. I'm in a spot where I wouldn't have thought I would be before my career was over. " That spot is going to come with a pretty high number, right? "No comment," Trout said with a smile.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Dodgers are about to launch a publicity push for their new SportsNet LA channel. The new television home is set to debut Feb. 25, the day before the Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule. SportsNet LA plans to air all of the team's spring training games, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. The channel also will air every regular-season game (except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts) and programs featuring player profiles and behind-the-scenes activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox News has signed Shepard Smith to a new long-term contract and is creating a breaking news division for the anchor to oversee. Smith, who currently anchors a 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscast, will give up his early evening duties. However, Fox News executives said his visibility on the network will actually increase in his new role, which goes into effect this fall. “Shep's strength in breaking news and on location anchoring and reporting remains unmatched, and that's why we are committed to fully utilizing his skills away from the teleprompter whenever and wherever news is breaking across multiple platforms," said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before jumping on the Dodger bandwagon. The Skinny: I got homesick for New York watching the Democratic mayoral debate Tuesday. I can't decide who I would vote against more. Wednesday's headlines include a win for Hollywood in a tax fight with China and the cast of "Duck Dynasty" signing a new deal with A&E. Daily Dose: Everyone is excited about how hot the Dodgers are, but KCAL-TV Channel 9 has to be bumming a little. Much of the Los Angeles market couldn't see the boys in blue win Tuesday night because of the fight between Time Warner Cable and CBS. That means smaller ratings for KCAL.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In the last few years, Morrissey  has penned an autobiography and has even briefly alluded to a retirement , but the artist, activist and quite possibly rock 'n' roll's most-adored grouch has more music in his system. Morrissey on Wednesday unveiled his intention to release a new album in 2014, his first since 2009's "Years of Refusal. " Recording for the as-yet-untitled album is slated to begin later this month with noted producer Joseph Chiccarelli, whose accolades include a Grammy for his work with the White Stripes on the act's "Icky Thump.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
JoJo has signed a deal with Atlantic Records, ending an exhaustive multi-year battle with her former label, a representative for the singer has confirmed to Pop & Hiss. In 2004, the Massachusetts-bred singer, born Joanna Levesque, arrived as a big-lunged 13-year-old poised for teen-pop stardom. Her sassy, R&B-kissed self-titled debut yielded singles such as “Baby It's You,” "Not That Kinda Girl" and "Leave (Get Out)," which hit the top of the pop songs chart, making her the youngest solo act to land a No. 1 in the U.S.    PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times But more than seven years after a stellar sophomore effort, 2006's “The High Road” -- it featured the massive smash “Too Little Too Late” -- a third album from the singer had yet to see release.
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