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Randy Shilts, an author and journalist who laid bare official foot-dragging on the Aids crisis, died of Aids complications yesterday, his assistant said, Reuter reports from San Francisco. Linda Alband said Shilts, 42, died at his home in Guerneville, 80 miles north of San Francisco. In 1985 Shilts tested positive for HIV, and revealed last year that he had Aids. He wrote about Aids for the San Francisco Chronicle and also wrote several best-selling books.