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Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism, has died at age 92. The irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row to grill 10 presidents -- often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions -- died at her apartment in Washington. Thomas had been ill for a long time and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday, said friend Muriel Dobbin.  She made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old and as a pioneer for women in journalism.Thomas was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" -- and he was one of her fans.Her refusal to conceal her strong opinions, even when posing questions to a president, and her public hostility toward Israel, caused discomfort among colleagues.In 2010, that tendency ended a career that had started in 1943 and made her one of the best known journalists in Washington. On a video...

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