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Former ‘General Hospital’ actor Johnny Wactor killed in downtown Los Angeles shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was shot and killed when he interrupted thieves stealing the catalytic converter from his car in Los Angeles, his family said Sunday. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday when the victim approached three men in downtown LA, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. His mother, Scarlett Wactor, told ABC 7 that her 37-year-old son had left work at a rooftop bar with a coworker when he saw someone at his car and thought it was being towed. A mask-wearing suspect opened fire, his mother said. Three suspects drove away...

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Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford, dies at 100

By NANCY BENAC (Associated Press) Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the diplomat with the thick glasses and gravelly voice who dominated foreign policy as the United States extricated itself from Vietnam and broke down barriers with China, died Wednesday, his consulting firm said. He was 100. With his gruff yet commanding presence and behind-the-scenes manipulation of power, Kissinger exerted uncommon influence on global affairs under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, earning both vilification and the Nobel Peace Prize. Decades later, his name still provoked impassioned debate...

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Louise Glück, Nobel-winning poet of terse and candid lyricism, dies at 80

By HILLEL ITALIE (AP National Writer) NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Louise Glück, a poet of unblinking candor and perception who wove classical allusions, philosophical reveries, bittersweet memories and humorous asides into indelible portraits of a fallen and heartrending world, has died at 80. Glück’s death was confirmed Friday by Jonathan Galassi, her editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Additional details were not immediately available. Over more than 60 years of published work, Glück forged a narrative of trauma, disillusion, stasis and longing, spelled by moments — but only moments...

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Dick Butkus, legendary Chicago Bears linebacker and Hall of Famer, dies at 80

Fred Mitchell | Chicago Tribune Dick Butkus, the player who perhaps best epitomized the tough and determined identity of the Chicago Bears, has died, the Tribune confirmed Thursday. He was 80. The Butkus family said Thursday he died “peacefully in his sleep overnight at home” in Malibu, California. A product of Chicago’s working-class South Side and the University of Illinois, Butkus became a fierce Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker before embarking on a modest but enduring television and acting career in Hollywood. “After football, it was difficult for me to find what I liked second best,”...

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Remembering the tropical zen of Jimmy Buffett in South Florida

If you want to trace the end of COVID as a life-altering menace in South Florida to a single moment, it would be shortly after 8 p.m. on May 13, 2021, when Jimmy Buffett strode onstage at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach.  Looking relaxed and tanned, in the unofficial uniform of South Florida — tropical shirt and khaki shorts — Buffett’s arrival induced an immediate standing ovation from a wildly expectant crowd of folks from across the country sequestered in pod seating on that early summer evening.  It was the first of four Buffett concerts and the first locally by any superstar...

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Former NFL running back, South Plantation High star Alex Collins dies in Lauderdale Lakes crash

Alex Collins, a South Florida high school football standout who later played for two NFL teams, died in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in Lauderdale Lakes. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Collins was riding a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600K motorcycle east on West Oakland Park Boulevard approaching Northwest 33rd Avenue as a woman driving a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban SUV was driving west, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a release Monday night. The Chevrolet driver made a left turn onto Northwest 33rd Avenue and collided with the motorcycle while crossing the eastbound lanes, the Sheriff’s Office...

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Tina Turner, ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ whose triumphant career made her world-famous, dies at 83

By HILLEL ITALIE (AP National Writer) NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and ‘70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” has died at 83. Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago. Few stars traveled so far — she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent...

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