Renowned American Author; Longtime Journalist

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Byline: Associated Press

John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, has died. He was 76.

Updike, best known for his four "Rabbit" novels, died of lung cancer. A literary writer who frequently appeared on best-seller lists, the tall, hawk-nosed Updike wrote novels, short stories, poems, criticism, the memoir "Self-Consciousness" and even a famous essay about baseball great Ted Williams.

He released more than 50 books in a career that started in the 1950s, winning virtually every literary prize, including two Pulitzers, for "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest," and two National Book Awards.

Eloy O. Aguilar, an award-winning Associated Press bureau chief who mentored a generation of journalists in Mexico and Central America as he covered civil wars, disasters and political upheaval, has died. He was 72.

Aguilar died Friday when he collapsed and hit his head while on his way to address a conference of U.S. journalism school deans.

Guy Hunt, who in 1987 became AlabamaAEs first Republican governor since Reconstruction but six years later became the stateAEs first chief executive removed from office for a criminal conviction, has died. He was 75.

Hunt is credited with filling enough committees, boards and other offices with Republicans during his tenure as governor that he helped make Alabama a two-party state instead of being dominated by Democrats.

Ingemar Johansson, the Swede who stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959, has died. …