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Journalist Hal McClure dies at 92

LOS ANGELES -- Hal McClure, who covered two Arab-Israeli wars after turning a passion for travel and the written word into a career as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, has died in California. He was 92.

McClure died Sunday at a Laguna Hills hospital following surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain from a recent fall, according to his sister, Virginia McClure.

McClure spent 21 years overseas for the AP beginning in the mid-1950s.

His first foreign assignment took him to Singapore, and afterward he was appointed correspondent in Malaysia. One of the big stories he covered was the 1961 disappearance -- still unresolved -- of Michael Rockefeller, son of New York governor and presidential hopeful Nelson Rockefeller.

McClure covered the search in New Guinea, where the 23-year-old was studying tribal cultures.

McClure was transferred to Turkey in 1962, a posting that also put him in charge of Israel and Cyprus. He covered the 1964 visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land -- the first by any pontiff -- and the violence in ethnically divided Cyprus.

Nearing the end of his Turkey assignment, McClure presciently advised New York headquarters to place his successor in Tel Aviv. Instead, he was moved there, according to his autobiography.

Weeks later, the 1967 war broke out. Six years after that, he was directing coverage of another Arab-Israeli war.

McClure is survived by his sister.

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