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But wait — there’s no more. Salesman, marketing visionary and inventor Ron Popeil wrapped up a colorful life Wednesday morning, according to TMZ, which reports that the 86-year-old Ronco founder died in a Los Angeles hospital after an unspecified medical emergency. Known as well for his creative spirit as his ability to sell the items he sometimes made, Popeil is credited for introducing the ...

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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is dead at 72. The bearded bass player’s death was announced by his bandmates of more than 50 years. “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.,” Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard said in a statement posted to the band’s Instagram account. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, ...

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ATLANTA — The Georgia man accused of killing eight people at three metro Atlanta spas — including six women of Asian descent — pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison, even as he faces the death penalty on the other murder charges. Robert Aaron Long, 22, reached a plea agreement with Cherokee County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty for his role ...

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving in the “wrong direction” in combating a new wave of COVID-19, and a booster vaccine shot may be needed especially for the most vulnerable, said Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. With half of the country still not fully vaccinated, and with a new spread fueled by the highly contagious delta variant, the U.S. faces a worst-case scenario of ...

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One of the wilder movies I've seen from the main competition slate of this year's Cannes Film Festival is a two-and-a-half-hour Russian drama called "Petrov's Flu." A film about a family of three in the grip of a pesky virus might seem either aptly or poorly timed, but this one, adapted from a novel by Alexey Salnikov, was conceived and shot before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full of ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions against the besieged Cuban government for its violent crackdown on demonstrators, blacklisting the defense minister and a paramilitary police force. Officials said the sanctions targeted specific members of the communist-ruled island’s government who were deemed responsible for the repression of protesters ...

Pharmacy student Norbek Gharibian prepares a Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, at a vaccination clinic setup by Los Angeles Football Club, partnering with the LA County Department of Public Health and USC Pharmacy.
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Pharmacy student Norbek Gharibian prepares a Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, at a vaccination clinic setup by Los Angeles Football Club, partnering with the LA County Department of Public Health and USC Pharmacy.

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Pharmacy student Norbek Gharibian prepares a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, at a vaccination clinic set…

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The Olympics are going down under. The 2032 Summer Games will be held in Brisbane, Australia, the International Olympics Committee announced Wednesday, two days before this year’s Opening Ceremony. “We’re a sports loving city and a sports loving nation, but this is so much more than the world’s largest sporting event,” Adrian Schrinner, the lord mayor of Brisbane, tweeted after the announcement. ...

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LOS ANGELES — Thomas J. Barrack Jr., the chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and a prominent Southern California businessman, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that he and two associates were part of a secretive, years-long effort to shape Trump’s foreign policy as a candidate and later, president, all to the benefit of the United Arab Emirates. Barrack, 74, and ...

A Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is prepared on May 7, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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A Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is prepared on May 7, 2021, in Los Angeles.

A Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is prepared on May 7 in Los Angeles.