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'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

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The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.

Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

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The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

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