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Oct 10, 2013

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, fourth American in space, dies at 88

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Astronaut Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday in Colorado at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.

Carpenter, who lost radio contact with NASA controllers during his pioneering space flight and was found in the ocean 250 miles from the targeted splashdown site, went on to explore the ocean floor in later years. His wife said he died in a Denver hospice.

Aug 14, 2013

U.S. political writer Jack Germond dies at age 85

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jack Germond, the gruff and rumpled “fat man” of American political journalism best known for his coverage of presidential campaigns, died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

He died “peacefully and quickly” early in the morning at his home in West Virginia after recently finishing a novel, his wife, Alice, said in an email sent to friends and journalists.

Jul 20, 2013

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a trailblazing journalist who reported on every U.S. president from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, died on Saturday at the age of 92, the Gridiron Club and Foundation said.

Thomas, who broke many barriers for female journalists during her 49 years on the White House beat for United Press International and Hearst newspapers and died after a long illness, the Washington journalists’ organization said in a statement.

Apr 26, 2013

Country singer George Jones dead at 81

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a life full of honky-tonk turmoil, died on Friday at the age of 81, his spokesman said.

Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades and included hits such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Window Up Above,” died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. country singer George Jones dead at 81

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – George Jones, a classic
country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a
life full of honky-tonk turmoil, died on Friday at the age of
81, his spokesman said.

Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades and
included hits such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Window
Up Above,” died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mar 3, 2013

Ex-NBA star Rodman says North Korea’s Kim wants Obama to call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star known more for his body piercings and tattoos than international diplomacy skills, said on Sunday he returned from North Korea with a message from its leader Kim Jong-un for President Barack Obama – “call me.”

Rodman appeared on ABC’s “This Week” program a few days after an unlikely meeting with Kim in the North Korea capital Pyongyang, where Rodman was working on a documentary about basketball.

Nov 24, 2012

Larry Hagman dead at 81, portrayed notorious TV villain J.R. Ewing

Nov 23 (Reuters) – Larry Hagman, who created one of American
television’s most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral
oilman J.R. Ewing of “Dallas,” died on Friday, the Dallas
Morning News reported. He was 81.

Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his
battle with throat cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a
statement from his family. He had suffered from liver cancer and
cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Nov 16, 2012

Factbox: Twinkies: the All-American junk food

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Twinkie is as American as apple pie.

The quintessential junk food treat – a cream-filled, 150-calorie sponge cake – has been called the “cream puff of the proletariat” and the “snack with a snack in the middle.” It faces extinction now that its maker, Hostess Brands, announced plans to liquidate amid a dispute with striking bakers.

Here are some facts about Twinkies:

* James A. Dewar, a manager for the Continental Baking Co, came up with the idea in 1930 after seeing the machines that made shortcakes with strawberry filling sit idle at the bakery when strawberries were out of season. He injected the elongated sponge cake with banana filling – vanilla would be used later – and called it a Twinkie after seeing a billboard for the Twinkle Toe Shoe Company. Dewar, who died in 1985 at age 88, said he ate at least two packets of Twinkies a week.

Nov 14, 2012

Key figures in the David Petraeus sex scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sex scandal that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has generated bizarre plot twists. Another top general exchanged what have been described as “inappropriate emails” with a key figure in the scandal; both generals were drawn into an ugly child custody battle; and a shirtless FBI agent leaked a report to a congressman. Here are the key players in the story:

DAVID PETRAEUS

Petraeus, 60, had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, that started in late 2011 and ended about four months ago, according to those close to Petraeus. Ambitious, intellectual and possessor of a steel will, he ended a 37-year Army career in 2011 as a four-star general and one of the most highly regarded soldiers of his time. As commander of multi-national forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was credited with turning around U.S. fortunes in both wars. He was chosen to head the Central Intelligence Agency despite previous tactical disagreements with President Barack Obama. He survived prostate cancer, being shot in a training accident and a parachute malfunction that resulted in a broken pelvis. Media savvy and articulate, he was seen by some as a possible presidential candidate.

Nov 14, 2012

Factbox: Key figures in the David Petraeus sex scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sex scandal that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has generated bizarre plot twists. Another top general exchanged what have been described as “inappropriate emails” with a key figure in the scandal; both generals were drawn into an ugly child custody battle; and a shirtless FBI agent leaked a report to a congressman. Here are the key players in the story:

DAVID PETRAEUS

Petraeus, 60, had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, that started in late 2011 and ended about four months ago, according to those close to Petraeus. Ambitious, intellectual and possessor of a steel will, he ended a 37-year Army career in 2011 as a four-star general and one of the most highly regarded soldiers of his time. As commander of multi-national forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was credited with turning around U.S. fortunes in both wars. He was chosen to head the Central Intelligence Agency despite previous tactical disagreements with President Barack Obama. He survived prostate cancer, being shot in a training accident and a parachute malfunction that resulted in a broken pelvis. Media savvy and articulate, he was seen by some as a possible presidential candidate.