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Gore Vidal was the author of fiction and historical novels as well as pieces for the theater, television and magazines. Late in life, he formed his most unusual bond with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, with whom he exchanged letters after Mr. Vidal’s 1998 article in Vanity Fair on “the shredding” of the Bill of Rights. (Associated Press)

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A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.

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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.