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'Home Alone' actor John Heard dies at 72 following back surgery

Actor John Heard is best known for playing the forgetful father of Macaulay Culkin’s Peter McCallister in the 1990 box office hit “Home Alone.”

John Heard, an actor best known for playing Macaulay Culkin's dad in the original "Home Alone" movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, California. He was 72.

Massachusetts boy, 5, who received new heart, dies

A 5-year-old boy whose reaction to learning he'd be receiving a new heart captivated people on social media earlier this year died Friday evening in Massachusetts, his family said.

Home in Eagan where a small boy in day care suffered severe brain injuries.

Eagan home day care provider guilty of inflicting 'permanent brain injuries' to 13-month-old

Fire hits hotel being built in Uptown; Minneapolis fire officials suspect arson
North Minneapolis garage catches fire; woman found dead inside
People on shore rescue badly hurt N. Minn. boater among 4 injured in crash

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University of Minnesota coaches were displayed on a posters for fans as they launched their summer caravan with a kickoff party outside TCF Bank Stadium, Monday, May 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

U sports lag in head coaching and leadership diversity

New Viking Murray dedicates season to slain friend
U basketball fans can't wait to jam with Washington and his Jelly brand
Six-run cushion helps Twins hold off Tigers' surge

Corie Barry was groomed by Sharon McCollam to succeed McCollam as CFO of Best Buy, a career-building service she tries to pay forward to other women.

CFO Corie Barry proudly leads the way as Best Buy surges

Executive learned from battles of '70s to smooth way for CapX2020
Are dehumidifiers working for fewer summers? Growing recalls frustrate consumers
At MSP Airport, the day after the Super Bowl will be a super test

Star Tribune illustration

Leftward, whoa! Balance needed in Minneapolis politics

Ratchet up Minnesota's response to opioid deaths
Sack cartoon: Pardon me
Readers Write: 'Postsecondary education for non-dummies,' sickness and dying, John Roberts' advice to graduates, a message from Australia

Pardon me

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Taras and Sarah Wybaczynsky of Chanhassen and Matt Braun and Christina King of Lakeville were among those enjoying a recent Beer Choir Twin Cities get-together at Flat Earth Brewing Co. in St. Paul.

Beer Choir combines love of suds and singing: 'Zero talent is required'

Rock the Garden returns to the Walker in familiar, Revolutionary form
Minneapolis' Minnehaha Mile is a shopping destination with a vintage vibe
Barcelona is a city for the ages

Obituary: Entrepreneur Elliott Royce was a remarkable retiree

At age 96, Elliott Royce attended trampoline class three times per week. The hobby fit with his retirement routine of falling five times every morning…

Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art
Dennis Anderson

Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.

Al Farmes' gone, but his legacy lives
Dennis Anderson

Al Farmes died Wednesday at 93, but the 'Save the Wetlands' program he helped create saved many prized habitats for posterity.

Protests outside senators' offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 19, 2017. In a meeting with Senate Republicans on Wednesday, President Donald Trump vigorously defended the all-but-dead Senate health care bill, pressuring lawmakers with both humor and thinly veiled threats. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

5 reasons why health care bill would fail, 3 why it may not

Can the president be indicted? A long-hidden legal memo says yes
Christie OKs law to give schools transgender policy guidance
Contest winner disqualified over pro-Trump Instagram post

Police Chief William McManus, left, and San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood speaking to the media about a tractor trailer cab found with multiple bodies at a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio.

8 found dead in sweltering truck in immigrant smuggling case

Father of Colorado boy, 13, arrested for boy's 2012 death
No butts about it: tiger and goat cohabitate
Fourth man charged in sex attack on New York churchgoer

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis address the media after a week of negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday July 20, 2017. The European Union and Britain are still trying to bridge their differences on a Brexit financial settlement as the second round of negotiation concluded Thursday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

12 US paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania
Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak ends his term
The Latest: Turkey's president in Gulf to tackle Qatar rift

Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano (22) is congratulated by Eddie Rosario, right, after Sano scored on a double by Robbie Grossman off Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Six-run cushion helps Twins hold off Tigers' surge

Twins' trip to Dodgers' Chavez Ravine could be difficult
Twins, Braves still discussing Jaime Garcia trade
Who will Molitor use to set up for Twins if Rogers needs a break?

Minnesota Vikings newly acquired running back Latavius Murray worked out at Winter Park in April.

New Viking Murray dedicates season to slain friend

Souhan: No reason to doubt Vikings can get to the playoffs
Hartman: Bradford feels better prepared than last year
Tech company uses data from jumps to predict injuries

Britain's Prince William, center, and Britain's Prince Harry, right, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year. (Philippe Huguen/Pool Photo via AP)

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

'Home Alone' actor John Heard dies at 72 following back surgery
'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery cited for loaded gun at airport
Linkin Park cancels tour after Chester Bennington's death

Actor John Heard, of 'Home Alone' movies, dies at 71

Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died. He was 71.

Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Kirsten Langsetmo’s determination was evident long before her second daughter, Ellen, was born. She was one of only a few women to graduate with an…

Jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane dies in NY at age 85

Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, whose creations caught the fancy of high society and the QVC crowd alike, has died in New York. He was 85.

A look at Linkin Park's top-selling albums and songs

Since releasing their debut album in 2000, Linkin Park has been one of the top-selling acts in music, selling nearly 26 million albums and over 31 million tracks, according to Nielsen Music.

Jayhawks co-founder Caleb Palmiter dies at 53

For many, he was one of the Twin Cities music scene's great unsung forces.