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Top-ranking Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer dies at 90

Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90.

Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.

John Whitman, husband of former New Jersey governor, dies

John Whitman, the husband of former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and the state's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday. He was 71.

2 charged in death of baby who ingested heroin, cocaine

Two people have been charged in the overdose death of a 13-month-old New York girl who ingested heroin and cocaine.

Obituary: Onetime journalist Ted Smebakken owned furniture store in St. Paul for decades

Without fail, Ted Smebakken reported to each yearly Canadian fishing trip with his former news colleagues sporting gear he gleaned from rickety old tackle boxes found at estate sales. “A …


Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from Holocaust, dies at 106

Hero was uncomfortable with honors he received.


Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father's estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life.


Obituary: Humble beginning shaped interior designer Ann Birt's deep sense of style

Ann Carlson Birt could transform any room. She’d walk in, take a look and then start moving things around — a chair here, a plant there. Suddenly, the space …


Jack Carter, brash comic, dies at 93

Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said.