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Confetti-Throwing, Game-Show Comic Rip Taylor, 88, Dies

LOS ANGELES — Rip Taylor, the madcap mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills, publicist Harlan Boll said. His ascent began ...
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Valerie Harper, TV’s Rhoda, 80, Has Died

LOS ANGELES — Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws and stole hearts as Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died. She was 80. Longtime family friend Dan Watt confirmed Harper died Fr...
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Tourist Falls to Death in Yosemite National Park

A Romanian tourist has died in a fall below famed Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park. Authorities say 21-year-old Lucian Miu was scrambling on wet rocks below Bridalveil on July 31 when he fell about 20 feet. He died at a hospital. The F...
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1 Dead, 9 Hospitalized in Hazmat Spill Near Los Banos

LOS BANOS — One person has died after a hazardous material spill, and nine others were taken to a hospital for treatment. Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Allen says the spill happened around noon Thursday in a rural area near Los Banos. Merced Count...
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Pegi Young, Musician and Activist, Dead at 66

NEW YORK — Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died. "I look at it with a great deal of sati...
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‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

LOS ANGELES — "SpongeBob SquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at age 57. Nickelodeon says Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS. "We know that fish don't walk and that there is no organized community with roads, wh...