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  • Rod McKuen, 81 (1933 - 2015)

    Rod McKuen

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills,...

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  • Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)

    Colleen  McCullough

    The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. McCullough had continued producing books despite a...

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  • Charles H. Townes, 99 (1915 - 2015)

    Charles H. Townes

    By LISA LEFF, The Associated PressBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and...

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  • Jeno Buzanszky, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Jeno Buzanszky

    The Associated PressBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Jeno Buzanszky, a defender on Hungary's Golden Team of the 1950s, was laid to rest in St. Stephen's Basilica on Friday.Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Buzanszky a "national legend" at the funeral, and quoted his words proclaiming that the Golden Team's success showed the world "it is worth being Hungarian."Buzanszky's remains were placed in the...

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  • Lt. Col. Edward Saylor (2015)

    Lt. Col. Edward Saylor

    By PHUONG LE Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington. He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen...

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