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Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89

One of The Associated Press's most distinguished correspondents Sam Summerlin has died. He was 89.

His daughter Claire Slattery says Summerlin died Monday in Carlsbad, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Summerlin joined the AP in 1949 and became one of the youngest war correspondents in Asia when he was sent to cover the Korean War. He was the first to report its end with the signing of an armistice in 1953.

He later reported from Cuba, Argentina and the Philippines and covered the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1960s.

He left the AP in 1975 to run The New York Times news service and syndicate. Summerlin had long and successful careers as a Times executive and manager of his own media companies