Sharon's death celebrated with candy in Palestine

Jan 12, 2014

Sharon's death celebrated with candy in Palestine

Adel Makki rushed into the street in Beirut’s Shatila Palestinian refugee camp Saturday to hand out sweets when he learned of the death of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli leader Palestinians blame for a massacre of hundreds there and in the nearby Sabra camp. “I ...

Jan 4, 2014

Car in Walker crash hit nearly 160 kph

The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker may have been going 160 kph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner’s report released Friday. Investigators found no mechanical problems with the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ...

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Jan 4, 2014

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

Dec 29, 2013

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

In the end, indigenous leader Nicolasa Quintreman was buried apart from the plot of land where she had lived nearly her entire life. Her decadelong battle against the construction of a 155-meter-tall dam on the Bio Bio River in south-central Chile was lost years ...

Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

Dec 29, 2013

Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died at age 82. Maurice Vincent, a senator and the mayor of Saint-Etienne, said in a ...

Medal of Honor winner from Korean War dies

Dec 27, 2013

Medal of Honor winner from Korean War dies

Rodolfo “Rudy” Hernandez, a U.S. Army paratrooper who received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly carrying out a bayonet assault on enemy forces during the Korean War, died Dec. 21 at a hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was 82. He had been treated ...

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov dead at 94

Dec 24, 2013

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the former Red Army sergeant behind one of the world’s most omnipresent weapons — the AK-47 and its variants and copies, used by national armies, terrorists, drug gangs, bank robbers, revolutionaries and jihadists — died Dec. 23 at a hospital in Izhevsk, ...

Dec 22, 2013

Korean War pilot who landed blind dies at 83

Kenneth Schechter, a Korean War pilot who landed his plane while blinded from a wound, has died. He was 83. Schechter died on Dec. 11 in Fairfield, California, his son, Rob Schechter, told the Los Angeles Times. He had prostate cancer. Schechter was a ...

Legend of silver screen Joan Fontaine dies at 96

Dec 16, 2013

Legend of silver screen Joan Fontaine dies at 96

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who rose to fame during Hollywood’s golden age as the star of several Alfred Hitchcock classics, died Sunday at age 96, U.S. media reports said. The Hollywood Reporter cited Fontaine’s assistant, Susan Pfeiffer, as saying the actress died from natural ...