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STILLWATER, Minn., April 18 (UPI) -- Authorities in Minnesota are investigating after the teacher at a Department of Natural Resources firearms safety class accidentally discharged his weapon.

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COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, June 1 (UPI) -- Argentina's persistent claim for sovereignty over British-ruled Falkland Islands has ended up in the Organization of American States.
White House loses on Olympic bets

White House loses on Olympic bets

OTTAWA, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama owes Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a case of Molson's beer after losing a bet on the Olympic men's hockey gold medal game.

U.S.: Sanctions will remain on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Washington won't comply with North Korea's demand that U.N. sanctions be removed before it rejoins denuclearization talks, a U.S. official says.

Obama, Aso agree on N. Korea tactics

L'AQUILA, Italy, July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso agree on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, a White House statement says.
Stacy Keach to play Nixon on stage

Stacy Keach to play Nixon on stage

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Stacy Keach is to play former President Richard Nixon in the U.S. touring production of Peter Morgan's drama, "Frost/Nixon," the show's representatives said.

TV theme composer Hagen dead at 88

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- Earle H. Hagen, an Emmy Award-winning composer of music for TV shows, has died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the age of 88, his wife Laura said.
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Keach to play Nixon in 'Frost/Nixon' tour

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Actor Stacy Keach has signed on to play former U.S. President Richard Nixon in the U.S. tour of the play "Frost/Nixon."

Writer Mickey Spillane dead at 88

COLUMBIA, S.C., July 18 (UPI) -- Writer and actor Mickey Spillane, who wrote the "Mike Hammer" mystery books, has died in Murells Inlet, S.C., at age 88. Spillane would often say that he was a writer and not an author, but he still managed to write 13 "Mike Hammer" mysteries plus nine ot

Emmy winner Darren McGavin dead at 83

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning actor Darren McGavin, whose stage, film and TV career spanned more than 50 years, has died in Los Angeles at age 83.

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Rod Steiger lives the good life, a man in his sixth decade of movie stardom who smilingly contemplates new roles and challenges.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Michael "Mike" Hammer is a fictional detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982).

Several movies and radio and television series have been based on the books in the Hammer series. The actor most closely identified with the character in recent years has been Stacy Keach, who portrayed Hammer in a CBS television series, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, which ran from 1984–1987 and had a syndicated revival in 1997–1998. (An earlier syndicated version, originally aired in 1957–1958, starred Darren McGavin as Hammer.) Spillane himself played Hammer in a 1963 motion picture adaptation of The Girl Hunters. Spillane himself favoured ex-Marine and former Newburgh, New York police officer Jack Stang, on whom he based the character, to play him. Stang appeared with Spillane in the 1954 film Ring of Fear and in the film adaptation of I, the Jury.

While pulp detectives such as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are hard-boiled and cynical, Hammer is in many ways the archetypal "hard man": brutally violent, misogynistic, and fueled by a genuine rage that never afflicts Raymond Chandler's or Dashiell Hammett's heroes. In The Big Kill Hammer describes himself to a bargirl as a misanthrope.

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