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Thomas Cahill, popular history writer, dead at 82

NEW YORK —  Thomas Cahill, a scholar of ancient languages and belief systems who had a knack for popular storytelling and engaged readers with such bestsellers as “How the Irish Saved Civilization” and “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” has died. He was 82. Travis Loller, a family friend and Associated Press writer, says Cahill died in …