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Phil Ramone, Grammy-Winning Producer, Dead At 79

Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79.


US President George W. Bush's dog  Barney walks in the Rose Garden of White House  (Photo credit: YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Barney, Former White House Scottie, Dies

Thousands have offered their condolences via Facebook over the death of Barney, President George W. Bush’s beloved black Scottish terrier.


The crew of Space Shuttle Columbia's mission STS-107 take a break from their training regime to pose for the traditional crew portrait. Seated in front are astronauts Rick D. Husband (L), mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing are (L to R) astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency. Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth February 1, 2003.   (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)

NASA’s Toughest Question: If Shuttle is Doomed, Do You Tell the Crew?

A NASA top official wrestled with what he thought was a hypothetical question: What should you tell the astronauts of a doomed space shuttle Columbia?


Indian musician Ravi Shankar performs on June 4, 2008 during a concert at London's Barbican centre.    AFP PHOTO/ SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit: SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar Dies At 92

With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.


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Specter Dies As Congress Is At Its Most Polarized

Arlen Specter, who spent much of his pugnacious 30-year career in the U.S. Senate warning of the dangers of political intolerance, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at a time when Congress is more politically polarized than anyone serving there — or living in America — can remember.


A photo of a dead Confederate Soldier (Photo Credit: Library Of Congress)

Civil War’s Staggering Death Count Still Unknown

In the PBS American Experience documentary “Death and the Civil War” premiering Tuesday night, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.


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Washington Times Contributor Andrew Breitbart Dead At Age 43

Andrew Breitbart, Washington Times contributor, former editor at Drudge Report and most recently, news aggregation host for his own website, is dead at age 43.


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Portis Still Alive, Ready For NFL Return

Sunday night rumors began to spread about former Redskins running back Clinton Portis passing away in a car crash. On Monday, a very alive Portis joined Holden Kushner on “The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner,” and revealed that his mother called him in a panic to make sure he was safe.

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West Virginia Hotel Evacuated After Guest Dies, 4 Sickened

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have evacuated a South Charleston hotel after one guest died and four others fell sick. South Charleston fire Capt. Virgil White says firefighters detected high levels of carbon monoxide […]


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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies

North Korean television networks are reporting that supreme leader Kim Jong Il died Saturday morning.