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    by Published on 04-07-2014 04:56 PM  Number of Views: 13 



    Mickey Rooney, whose roller-coaster, nine-decade career in show business included vaudeville, silent films, movies, television and Broadway, died Sunday. He was 93.

    Rooney died in California, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said.

    Rooney's career spanned almost the entire history of motion pictures. He made his first film, the silent "Not to Be Trusted," in 1926 and followed it up with several shorts based on the "Mickey McGuire" comic strip. He was still making movies nine decades later, including "Night at the Museum" (2006) and "The Muppets" (2011).

    At the time of his death, he had three more films in the works, according to the Internet Movie Database, including a version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" with Margaret O'Brien.

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    by Published on 04-04-2014 05:54 AM  Number of Views: 19 



    Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.

    Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

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    by Published on 03-16-2014 10:06 AM  Number of Views: 32 


    Comedian David Brenner, who had a record number of 'Tonight Show' appearances, is dead at 78. Here, Brenner at 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' on January 26, 1976.

    Comedian David Brenner, a late-night TV fixture who holds the record for the most “Tonight Show” guest appearances, died Saturday. He was 78.

    Brenner died at his home in New York City surrounded by his children, a family representative said.

    The Pennsylvania native was considered the father of observational comedy, a form of humor that relied on impromptu quips rather than canned jokes.

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brenner shot to fame in 1971 after becoming a late-night TV favorite.


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    by Published on 02-13-2014 07:50 AM  Number of Views: 71 



    Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., his friend Carl Reiner told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. He was 9

    The exact cause of his death was not disclosed.

    Caesar, a New York native, was a master of pantomime with a sense of comedy that made him a star in the early days of "live" television.

    He was best known for his work on TV's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," groundbreaking sketch comedy series that paved the way for such later hits as "Saturday Night Live."

    "Inarguably he was the greatest single monologist and skit comedian we ever had," Reiner said in a statement to THR.

    "Television owes him a debt of gratitude for his pioneering work and the great shows he gave us all. Render unto Caesar what is his due. He deserves real applause from the American people."


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    by Published on 02-11-2014 01:47 PM  Number of Views: 66 



    Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.

    She was 85.

    Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.

    She began acting at age 3 and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.

    Her first film of notice was in 1932 when she played in "War Babies," part of the "Baby Burlesks" series of short films.

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    by Published on 02-05-2014 12:48 PM  Number of Views: 81 



    CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

    The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that will help grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.

    The move is the latest evidence of a big push in the drugstore industry that has been taking place over several years. Major drugstore chains have been adding in-store clinics and expanding their health care offerings. Their pharmacists deliver flu shots and other immunizations, and their clinics now manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes and treat relatively minor problems like sinus infections.

    Among other things, they're preparing for increased health care demand. That's in part due to an aging U.S. population that will need more care in future years. It's also the result of the millions of people expected to gain health insurance under the health care overhaul.

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    by Published on 02-02-2014 10:51 AM  Number of Views: 77 



    American actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He was 46.

    The Academy Award winner was found in his Manhattan apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan this morning morning, according to the New York Police Department, which is investigating.

    The cause of death has not yet been determined.

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