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Published: 04/18/11

Conservative Strategist and Publisher Rusher Dies at 87

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Conservative Strategist and Publisher Rusher Dies at 87

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- William A. Rusher, a conservative strategist for more than 50 years who helped engineer Barry Goldwater's nomination as the Republican candidate for president in 1964, has died, officials confirmed Monday. Rusher died Saturday in a nursing facility in San Francisco at the age of 87 after a long illness. His death was confirmed by Richard Vetterli, a spokesman for the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office. His influence was felt on decades of U.S. politics, from the 1961 stirrings of the "draft Goldwater" effort to opposing Richard Nixon's overtures to China in the 197...

Published: 03/23/11

Elizabeth Taylor's Obit Writer Died 6 Years Ago

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Elizabeth Taylor's Obit Writer Died 6 Years Ago

In a turn of fate, an Elizabeth Taylor obituary writer died six years before the death of the much-loved actress, leaving his byline as an awkward addendum to a New York Times story today about the life of the Hollywood icon. New York Times reporter Mel Gussow died in 2005 after a battle with cancer. The Times ran his Elizabeth Taylor obituary today along with this note: "Mel Gussow, the principal writer of this article, died in 2005. William McDonald and William Grimes contributed updated reporting." Related Stories Film Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79 [VIDEO] ...

Published: 01/26/11

Charlie Louvin Dead From Cancer: Video Tribute for the Country Music Star

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Charlie Louvin Dead From Cancer: Video Tribute for the Country Music Star

Charlie Louvin, one half of the Louvin Brothers country music duo, passed away early this morning after suffering complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Charlie and his brother Ira toured together until the early 1960s, reviving "country music's emotional, full-throated harmony tradition" with 10 top-20 Billboard country selections before Ira's untimely death in 1965. Their hits included "My Baby's Gone," "When I Stop Dreaming" and "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby." Charlie Louvin spent many years as a star of the Grand Ole Opry, and the Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Co...

Published: 01/24/11

Notable Deaths of 2011 [PHOTOS]

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Notable Deaths of 2011 [PHOTOS]

They inspired and intrigued us. They entertained and enlightened us. Some made us howl with laughter or moved us to tears -- or both. When news came of their deaths this year, we remembered how each one's life left a mark in this world. No annual list of newsworthy deaths is truly complete. As you look through these photos, you're sure to think of others we lost this year. We invite you to post a comment below about who else should be remembered and why. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_u...

Published: 01/12/11

David Nelson, Star of 'Ozzie and Harriet,' Dead at 74 [VIDEOS]

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
David Nelson, Star of 'Ozzie and Harriet,' Dead at 74 [VIDEOS]

David Nelson, the last surviving member of the "Ozzie and Harriet" family, has died. He was 74. Born in New York, Nelson was best known as the oldest son in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," a 1950s and early 1960s TV show starring Nelson alongside his actual younger brother, Rick, and his parents. Nelson's other credits include the films "Peyton Place," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," "The Big Circus" and "The Big Show." In 1996, Nelson was honored for his contributions to movies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are a few clips from "Ozzie and Harriet." Foll...

Published: 01/10/11

Dick Winters, 'Band of Brothers' Hero, Dead at 92

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
Dick Winters, 'Band of Brothers' Hero, Dead at 92

He was called "Wild Bill" by his fellow soldiers, and his heroic deeds as an Army major in World War II were chronicled in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers." But Dick Winters asked that news of his death not be released until after his funeral. Winters died Jan. 2 in central Pennsylvania at age 92. For almost 40 years after the war, he lived a quiet life, working in the agriculture feed business in Pennsylvania and raising two children. It wasn't until historian Stephen Ambrose chronicled the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company, better known as the Easy Company, th...

Published: 01/10/11

'Bullitt' Director Peter Yates Dead; 4 Other Awesome Car-Chase Scenes [VIDEOS]

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'Bullitt' Director Peter Yates Dead; 4 Other Awesome Car-Chase Scenes [VIDEOS]

Peter Yates, the British filmmaker famous for films such as "Bullitt" and "Breaking Away," died Sunday in London. He was 81. With a career spanning roughly 50 years, the director and producer is perhaps best known for 1968's "Bullitt," which starred Steve McQueen and featured one of the most iconic car-chase scenes in cinema history. To honor Yates, who was nominated for four Oscars in his movie career, Surge Desk offers a few epic car chase scenes, starting with his oft-replicated "Bullitt" masterpiece. "Bullitt" (1968) "The Italian Job" (1969) "The French Connection" (1971) ...

Published: 12/6/10

Elizabeth Edwards Tribute

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Elizabeth Edwards Tribute

Elizabeth Edwards, the separated wife of former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, is reported to be losing her battle with breast cancer, which was diagnosed during the 2004 presidential election campaign, in which her husband was the Democratic candidate for vice president. Mrs. Edwards' personal strength and tenacity were repeatedly tested by crushing disappointments and unmet expectations. After coping with the death of her teenage son Wade, Mrs. Edwards sought fertility assistance in her 40s and had two more children. Many saw her miscast but driven support of her husband's political c...

Published: 10/10/10

Miss USA Winner Who Had Title Stripped Dies in LA

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Miss USA Winner Who Had Title Stripped Dies in LA

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 10) - Leona Gage, who in 1957 was named Miss USA but had the title stripped the next day when pageant officials learned she was married and a mother of two, has died in Los Angeles, her son said Saturday. She was 71. Gage died of heart failure after spending several weeks at a Sherman Oaks hospital on Tuesday, son Robert Kaminer told the Associated Press. Like Vanessa Williams and Carrie Prejean decades later, Gage's pageant scandal probably brought her more fame than if she had kept the crown. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/...

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