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April 9, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"Woke to find out I'm in a new supergroup," tweets Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea. Meanwhile, longtime fans of the aggressively challenging punk outfit At the Drive-In and the thinky hard rock of Mars Volta woke to the news that principles of both acts, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, are once again collaborating, this time in a new project with Flea. Antemasque is the name of the act, and "4AM" is the act's first single. It's three minutes of heavy, contradictory guitar parts that stop, start and sound alarms. Bixler-Zavala's vocals are always on the verge of a freakout, and Flea's bass is the constant that holds the upper-register riffing and howls together.  There aren't too many details on the act for now. Flea downplayed the attention the group was getting, tweeting that he "played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love.
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 David Wharton
Speaking to reporters after a board of directors meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said they are in the process of meeting with fewer than 10 American cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The informal discussions will help them decide on two or three domestic finalists. Once the field is narrowed, the USOC will then choose a bid representative -- or choose not to bid at all. "Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year," said Scott Blackmun, the USOC's chief executive, adding that the current talks have focused on "which cities do we think can put together a bid that is going to be a fantastic bid. " The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games has been working on details for bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.
April 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown, citing his meetings with law enforcement officials across the state, said Tuesday that "realignment is working. " Brown, speaking to reporters after he addressed the annual Crime Victims' Rights rally at the Capitol, called the realignment program, in which low-level felons are kept in county jails rather than sent to prisons, "encouraging and stimulating. " "I've talked to district attorneys, I've talked to police chiefs, I've talked to sheriffs," Brown said.
April 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
CALGARY, Canada  - The numbers are quite close to his point total two years ago, then considered a downward trend for a big-name center. At least there was a tangible reason for the Kings' center Mike Richards' recording 44 points in 74 games in 2011-12. He missed most of December of that season because of a concussion, probably came back too quickly and didn't really find his form until he dominated the likes of the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the opening round of the playoffs.
April 8, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday told a South African courtroom - and the world - his version of what happened the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. It was quite an emotional tale . But was it the truth? Sure, he cried and cried. Just as he did on Monday. But he didn't throw up, as he did during earlier testimony in the case. Nevertheless, the judge adjourned the trial to give Pistorius time to compose himself. So clearly Pistorius is upset.
April 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers took Monday off, preferring to rest their bodies rather than practice. But not Glen "Big Baby" Davis , who appeared at the team's training facility to get in some extra conditioning and to practice his shooting. "There's no off day," a smiling Davis said after Sunday's game against the Lakers. Davis knows he needs to improve his conditioning so he can keep up with the fast-paced Clippers. He also needs to shed some weight from his 315-pound frame so he can earn the extra minutes he wants from Clippers Coach Doc Rivers.
April 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
While the Dodgers were preparing to open a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers, Brian Wilson was at a minor league game. Wilson is fine with that. The Dodgers' bearded $10-million setup man is looking ahead. “I was signed for multiple reasons. For clubhouse, leadership, certain advice to certain pitchers, but most of all I was signed so I could play in October,” he said. “That's what this team was built for. That's the whole reason they signed me last year. It's the exact reason why they signed me this year.
April 6, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The gig: Gabriel Weiss is a winemaker with a distinct specialty, kosher wine. He owns the Shirah Wine Co. in Santa Barbara County with brother Shimon Weiss, who handles the business side. Kosher wine can't contain ingredients from animals that aren't kosher - that is, not killed according to Jewish law. In addition, the making and handling of the wine has to be conducted by Jews who observe the Sabbath, the kosher dietary laws and follow other Jewish observances. Cracking the biz: Gabriel Weiss wanted to move from New Jersey to Southern California to use previous training in industrial design to crack into the entertainment business.
April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Referee Dick Bavetta is such great fun whether he's holding a ball as part of a skit with a team mascot, racing Charles Barkley or casually yukking it up with a superstar that you wish he could work another 2,633 consecutive games. The 74-year-old has not missed a game since making his NBA debut on Dec. 2, 1975, giving the league nearly 39 seasons of uninterrupted service. It's an amazing streak that is a tribute to Bavetta's health, determination and logistical wherewithal, the veteran referee having somehow conquered badly rerouted flights and closed airports to make every scheduled appearance.
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