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    • OBITUARIES
    • 11:12 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Publisher was 'a pioneer of the information age'

    Heading a pair of publishing companies dedicated to educational and reference materials, Fred Ruffner was guided by the idea that knowledge derives from the information one retains and learning where to find more.

    • 10:58 AM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    New York Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded 'Saturday Night Live.'

    • 3:26 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Former Vermont U.S. Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.

    • 12:08 PM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Restaurateur John Genitti 'had the greatest heart,' dies at 67

    His stand-up routine often was as spontaneous as it was hilarious, filled with putdowns of himself and anyone else he thought would be a good sport ('Don't give me that Birmingham stuff you're from Berkley!') on an evening when humor was the one gift that could enhance an experience in fun and good food.

    • 11:28 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Reporter, PR man known for savvy

    In a career as a journalist and an automotive company spokesman that spanned more than five decades, Bernard F. 'Moon' Mullins was widely respected and gained a reputation for being savvy.

    • 7:32 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Renowned forensic psychiatrist was an expert on Holocaust

    Emanuel 'Emek' Tanay knew something about trauma. Before becoming one of the top psychiatric theorists on homicide, he hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

  1. Actress Lauren Bacall lived incredible life

    Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood's studio age.

    • 11:19 PM, Aug. 11, 2014
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    Comedian Robin Williams dead in apparent suicide

    Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    • 1:45 PM, Aug. 9, 2014
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    Veteran Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan dies at 85

    Tel Aviv, Israel Menahem Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the back of brawny men beating others senseless across a host of 1980s action films, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85.

    • 1:11 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
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    'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' actress Marilyn Burns dies at 65

    Houston Actress Marilyn Burns, perhaps best known as the heroine in the 1974 horror classic 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' has died at her Houston-area home. She was 65.

    • 9:21 AM, Aug. 6, 2014
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    Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, surgeon general who fought tobacco, dies at 87

    Los Angeles Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday. He was 87.

    • 3:37 PM, Aug. 4, 2014
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    Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

    Washington James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.

    • 9:01 PM, Aug. 2, 2014
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    'American Idol' contestant Michael Johns dies

    Los Angeles 'American Idol' contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35.

  2. Frost, Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner dies at 71

    Dick Wagner, who made music history leading Detroit band the Frost in the '60s, and then in the '70s played with Billy Joel and the Alice Cooper Band, has died. He was 71.

    • 7:19 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
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    Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

    Atlanta The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened ...

    • 1:25 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
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    Karl Albrecht, co-founder of Aldi grocery empire, dead at 94

    Berlin Karl Albrecht, co-founder of the Aldi grocery store empire and one of the world's richest people, has died in the western German city of Essen. He was ...

  3. 'Little Big Man' author Thomas Berger dies at 89

    New York Witty and eclectic novelist Thomas Berger, who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn 'Little Big Man' and mastered genres ranging from detective ...

  4. Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

    Los Angeles Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

    • 4:13 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Broadway legend and Detroit native Elaine Stritch dies at 89

    Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who was born in Detroit and last year returned to live in Birmingham, has died at 89.

    • 9:49 AM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

    Geneva Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes ...

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