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Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City. And he did it all with only a piano and some Tchaikovsky concertos. The celebrated pianist played for every American president since Harry Truman, plus...