Growing Number of Aircraft Near-Collisions

The growing number of aircraft near-misses in US skies is making civilian aviation authorities increasingly concerned and has prompted them to reexamine air traffic control procedures. “Over the last weeks there have been a number of instances where separation was lost between aircraft and in some cases there was a bit of a delay of […]

Dennis Hopper, Hollywood icon and antihero, dies

Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” has died. He was 74. Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded […]

Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010

Dennis Hopper died Saturday of advanced prostate cancer at the age of 74. Hopper was an Oscar-nominated actor and writer, a gifted artist, and an icon of the ’60s counterculture movement. He had a knack for being in some of the most influential and important movies of his time. He also had self-destructive streak that […]

`Diff’rent Strokes’ star Gary Coleman dies

PROVO, Utah – Gary Coleman, the adorable, pint-sized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. Coleman was taken off life support and died with family and friends at his side, Utah […]

Actor Gary Coleman’s comedy legacy

When diminutive comedic actor Gary Coleman died on Friday after a brain hemorrhage, pop culture fans of “Diff’rent Strokes” rushed to the Internet to post their “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” tributes, and the news channels tried to piece together the details of his death (he had suffered a seizure on an episode of “The Insider” […]

TV’s ‘People Are Funny’ host Art Linkletter dies

Art Linkletter, who as the gently mischievous host of TV’s “People Are Funny” and “House Party” in the 1950s and ’60s delighted viewers with his ability to get kids — and grownups — to say the darndest things on national television, died Wednesday. He was 97. Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section […]

Brittany Murphy’s husband found dead

The husband of Brittany Murphy was found dead by his mother-in-law late Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with the late actress, the coroner’s office said. Simon Monjack’s death was reported as a possible heart attack and appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. Monjack […]

Michael Kuchwara, AP drama critic, dies at 63

Michael Kuchwara, The Associated Press’ longtime drama critic whose thoughtful, fair-minded reviews made him beloved and respected in the theater world and influential beyond, died Saturday night. He was 63. Kuchwara, who had held his position since 1984 and recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with the AP, died at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan of […]

Walgreen to hold off selling genetic test kits

The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., said Wednesday it will hold off selling what was poised to be the first over-the-counter genetic test, after the Food and Drug Administration said the kit has not been proven effective. Pathway Genomics announced Tuesday that its saliva swab would be on Walgreen’s shelves later this month, offering […]

Legendary singer Lena Horne dies

Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress who reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom, died Sunday. She was 92. Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin. Chin would not release any other details. Horne, whose […]