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John Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News for more than 40 years (1962-2002), died Saturday after a brief illness at a Washington hospital.

Palmer's wife Nancy confirmed he died of pulmonary fibrosis at age 77.


The gentlemanly Palmer worked for NBC from 1962 to 1990, co-anchoring Today from 1982-1989, then returned to the network from 1994 until 2002.

NBC News said in a statement:

"John was a brilliant, tireless journalist who guided us through many of the most significant events of the past half-century - from the early days of the civil rights movement through the tragedy of 9/11."

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Art Donovan, the NFL star whose stories about his career maintained his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Sunday.

He was 88.

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Donovan died at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, Senior V.P. of public and community relations for the Baltimore Ravens.

He made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959.

He also spent seasons with New York and Dallas in a career that lasted from 1950-1961.

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Michael Ansara, a rugged character actor perhaps best known for his role on three different TV iterations of Star Trek, has died at the age of 91.


Ansara, who was married to actress Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie fame, died July 31 at his home in Calabasas, Calif., after a prolonged illness.

Born in a small village in Syria to American parents, Ansara is beloved by Star Trek fans for his portrayal of his character, Klingon warrior Kang.

The actor played Kang on three versions of the legendary sci-fi franchise: the original (1968), Deep Space Nine (1994) and Voyager (1996).

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Very sad news today out of New Mexico.

Two college football players - Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman at Texas A&M; and Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming freshman defensive tackle at Utah - were killed in a single-car accident near the town of Cuba.

A third passenger, 13-year old Andrew Uhatafe, was also pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

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According to New Mexico State Police, the vehicle appears to have rolled over several times. Officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor and determined only the driver was wearing his seatbelt.

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Eileen Brennan, an acclaimed, veteran actress and Oscar nominee for her role in 1980's Private Benjamin, has died, according to reports. She was 80.

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Brennan passed away last Sunday at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer, her management company confirmed.

"Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen," her family said in a statement. "She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind."

"Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us."

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The body of Frank Castillo, a former major league pitcher, was found at the bottom of a lake Monday in Maricopa County, Arizona. He was 44 years old.


He was boating with family and friends on Bartlett Lake, about 60 miles from Phoenix, when he decided to go swimming and ended up drowning.

A poor swimmer, according to his family, he didn’t surface and a 911 call was placed. A dive team from the sheriff’s office began a search late Sunday.

Castillo's body was recovered Monday.

Castillo went 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 years for the Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins.

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Helen and Les Brown, a couple of California sweethearts born on the same day and married 75 years ago, died earlier this month - one day apart.

They were 94.

"It was a real love match, wasn't it?" their oldest son, Les Jr., told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "They were together every day for 75 years."

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The young Long Beach lovebirds eloped on September 19, 1937, and were married against their own parents' wishes, according to their sons.

Helen was from a working-class family, while Les was from a wealthier one. Both sides believed the love would never last ... so much for that.

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Chucho Benítez, an international soccer star from Ecuador who had just signed a contract with Qatari club Al Jaish, died suddenly this morning from cardiac arrest.

He was 27 years old.

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Benítez was admitted to a local hospital with severe stomach pain mere hours after making his debut against Qatar Sports Club. The Ecuador Football Federation confirms he passed away shortly afterward, saying in a statement:

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Kidd Kraddick, a radio and TV host heard on dozens of stations nationwide, has died. The "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" personality was just 53.

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The Texas-based personality (real name David Kraddick) died at his Kidd's Kids charity function in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna on Saturday.

Publicist Ladd Biro confirmed the news in a network statement.

"He died doing what he loved," said Biro, of the PR firm Champion Management, early Sunday, declining to offer any further details on the death.

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JJ Cale, a Grammy-winning musician who worked with Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd among others, passed away Friday from a heart attack. He was 74 years old.

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Cale's manager confirmed his client's death to The Associated Press, saying the performer died at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.

The artist was a member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2007 for Eric Clapton's "The Road to Escondido."

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