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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.

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With former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke now running for the open Louisiana U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, the state GOP is grappling with how to keep candidates it deems unsavory from running under the party's banner in the future.

There's nothing the state party can do this year to keep Duke, who is a convicted felon, from running for the seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). But the party's attempt to keep candidates like Duke from running as Republicans down the line hit a roadblock over the weekend.

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