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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79; fiery conservative fought liberalism's tide

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an eloquent conservative who used a sharp intellect, a barbed wit and a zest for verbal combat to resist what he saw as the tide of modern liberalism, has died. He was 79.

Scalia died while on a hunting trip in Texas, according to a statement issued Saturday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The death was later confirmed by the U.S. Marshals Service, which said the justice died at a private home in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

Scalia had gone to his room Friday night and was found dead Saturday morning after he did not appear for breakfast, the Marshals Service said.

President Obama paid tribute to Scalia as a "brilliant"...

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