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Aug 30, 2015

Neurologist, author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” died on Sunday at the age of 82, his personal assistant said.

The British-born Sacks, who announced in February that he had terminal liver cancer, died at his home in New York City at 1:30 a.m. with his partner, the writer Billy Hayes, and his personal assistant, Kate Edgar, at his side, Edgar told Reuters.

Aug 9, 2015

Former football star, commentator, Frank Gifford dead at 84

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Frank Gifford, a star on the football field for the New York Giants and later a star in the broadcasting booth with the “Monday Night Football” team that helped popularize the NFL, died on Sunday at age 84, his family said.

Gifford, who was married to TV talk show hostess Kathie Lee Gifford, died suddenly of natural causes at his Connecticut home, his family said in the statement released to NBC.

Aug 9, 2015

Republicans pile on Trump as U.S. presidential campaign stumbles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rival Republican presidential candidates piled on Donald Trump on Saturday for his caustic remarks about a female debate moderator, and the billionaire celebrity candidate backpedaled in an effort to keep his campaign from unraveling.

Trump blasted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during a debate in Cleveland on Thursday when she questioned him about insulting comments he had made about women. The backlash to his exchange with Kelly has threatened to knock the wheels off the bandwagon of support that had Trump leading early polls in the race for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election.

Aug 8, 2015

U.S. candidate Trump defends ‘blood’ comment about debate moderator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, disinvited from a conservative conference and under fire because of remarks about a female debate moderator, defended his comments on Saturday while denouncing politically correct “fools.”

Trump had been scheduled to give the keynote address on Saturday night at the RedState gathering in Atlanta, where several other members of the 17-person Republican field were appearing.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. says computer hacking forum Darkode dismantled, 12 charged

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities working with law enforcement partners abroad have shut down the Darkode online forum used by cybercriminals around the world and charged 12 people linked to the site, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced the charges in Pittsburgh and called Darkode “a cyber hornet’s nest of criminal hackers.”

Jun 25, 2015

Abercrombie settles U.S. immigration discrimination charge

By Jonathan Stempel and Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Abercrombie & Fitch Co agreed to special monitoring of its hiring practices and to pay more than $158,000 to settle a U.S. Department of Justice charge that it discriminated against a job candidate who was not a U.S. citizen by requiring her to present a green card.

Thursday’s settlement calls for Abercrombie to pay the woman $3,661 of back pay and interest, set up a $153,932 fund to compensate others who may have faced similar discrimination, and pay a $1,100 civil fine.

Jun 19, 2015

Disgraced NBC anchorman Brian Williams blames ego for exaggerating stories

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fallen anchorman Brian Williams said on Friday he was not trying to mislead people by exaggerating stories about his work but that his ego drove him to make the mistakes that cost him his job on NBC’s “Nightly News.”

Williams, who will end a six-month NBC-imposed suspension in August, appeared on the network’s “Today” show and said he was sorry for the inaccuracies.

Jun 19, 2015

Disgraced NBC anchorman says ego drove him to exaggerations

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – Fallen anchorman Brian
Williams said on Friday he was not trying to mislead people by
exaggerating stories about his work but that his ego drove him
to make the mistakes that cost him his job on NBC’s “Nightly
News.”

Williams, who will end a six-month NBC-imposed suspension in
August, appeared on the network’s “Today” show and said he was
sorry for the inaccuracies.

Jun 11, 2015

Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman dies at 85

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) – Ornette Coleman, a self-taught
alto saxophone player who polarized the jazz world with his
unconventional “free jazz” before coming to be regarded as an
avant garde genius, died on Thursday morning in New York at the
age of 85, according to his publicist.

Ken Weinstein confirmed the death but said he would not be
issuing any further information. Media reports said the cause of
death was cardiac arrest.

Jun 9, 2015

Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson, dies

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and members of his so-called “family” for seven murders, then turned to writing books that took on everyone from George W. Bush to God, has died aged 80, his son said on Monday.

Bugliosi, whose book “Helter Skelter” about the Manson case became one of the best-selling true crime books of all time, died on Saturday evening at a Los Angeles hospital after a years-long battle with cancer, his son Vincent Bugliosi Jr. told Reuters.