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Referee Lonnie Cameron tries to avoid a collision on the boards with Kings center Trevor Lewis and San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture in the Kings' 2-0 victory on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

High school students join members of the teachers union, parents and others in celebrating the passage of the "School Climate Bill of Rights" at a rally outside a Los Angeles Unified School Board meeting Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Simone Osborne performs during a rehearsal for Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The production opens on Friday. Osborne plays the role of Barbarina.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

The Rev. Jerry Anderson sprinkles holy water on cyclists as they pedal past during Good Samaritan Hospital's 10th annual West Coast Blessing of the Bicycles, part of L.A. Bicycle Week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Flames and smoke rise from a wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wisconsoin Department of Natural Rescources

U.S. surfer Keala Kennelly rides a monster wave at Teahupoo in Tahiti.


Visitors walk through a light and sound installation that's part of the "Creators of Worlds" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig. The show is dedicated to composer Richard Wagner, sculptor Max Klinger and writer Karl May, who all were born in or near Leipzig.


Ukrainian opposition deputies hold a large flag bearing a portrait of the jailed former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as they shout, "Freedom for Yulia!" during a speech by the Ukrainian president in parliament.


Basque supporters shout slogans against the police who were about to take Urtza Alkorta, an alleged member of the Basque armed group ETA wanted for questioning, into custody on a bridge in northern Spain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press

Athens residents crouch on the ground to collect free vegetables during a handout of leftover produce by striking street vendors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kostas Tsironis / Bloomberg

Parisians have take-out food for lunch in the city's La Defense business district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated Press

Gelada baboon cubs play in their enclosure at the Zurich zoo.


The up-and-coming Jerzy Janowicz of Poland celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Italian Open tennis tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Medichini / Associated Press

Boys taking part in "Little Buddha Camp," in which they experience a monk's life for three weeks, hold lanterns while watching a video at the SK Telecom Museum. The camp is a part of celebrations leading up to Buddha's birthday on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

A woman draped in a chadar carries her child at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during the Urs festival in which thousands of Sufi Muslim devotees gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the Sufi saint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

Mine workers striking to demand recognition of their union dance and sing at Wonderkop Stadium. Miners failed to report for a morning shift Wednesday, extending the strike into its second day and paralyzing 13 shafts belonging to Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum producer.


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Wednesday’s Pictures in the News begins in Los Angeles as hockey referee Lonnie Cameron tries to avoid a collision with Kings center Trevor Lewis and two San Jose Sharks players chasing the puck in Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center.

In northwestern Wisconsin, a smoky wildfire has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes.

Elsewhere, visitors walk through a light and sound installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany; people scoop free vegetables from the ground during a handout of leftover food by striking street vendors in Athens; striking Lonmin platinum mine workers dance and sing as they gather at the Wonderkop Stadium in South Africa.

Add stops in Tahiti, Ukraine, Spain, Italy and Switzerland to round out the report.

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