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1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73

Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.

Through his life, Tom Hayden dedicated to changing the world

During more than 50 years in the public eye, Tom Hayden went from firebrand college liberal to mainstream politician to elder political statesman. Through it all he remained the person he said he always wanted to be: someone dedicated to changing the world.

Tom Hayden, '60s activist and liberal statesman, dead at 76

In one of the most dramatic personal transformations in American political history, Tom Hayden went from being a famed 1960s and 1970s student radical to a mainstream elected official and elder statesman of the country's left. He died Sunday at age 76 following a lengthy illness.

Poet and novelist Lucia Perillo dies at 58

Lucia Perillo, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, has died at the age of 58.

Sheikh Khalifa, deposed former ruler of Qatar, dies at 84

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the former emir of the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar who was deposed by his son in a bloodless…

Chicago DJ Herb Kent dies after 7-decade career in radio

One of Chicago's earliest African-American disc jockeys, Herb Kent, has died at age 88 after a seven-decade career.

Comic's comic Kevin Meaney has died at age 60

Kevin Meaney, a comic's comic who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series "Uncle Buck," has died at age 60, his agent said Saturday.

Project marks graves of Rochester State Hospital patients

Elisa Skjordal was a 27-year-old mother of two young girls when she died as a patient at the Rochester State Hospital.

Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man

A decorated U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma who both had been deployed multiple times to support military operations in Afghanistan were killed in an attack this week in Kabul, the Defense Department said.

Drew Sharp, longtime Detroit sports columnist, dies at 56

The Detroit Free Press says sports columnist Drew Sharp has died. He was 56.

Princeton's 17th president, William Bowen, dead at 83

Princeton University says the Ivy League school's 17th president has died. William Bowen was 83.

Central Ohio firefighter hit by lightning dies 2 years later

A central Ohio firefighter struck by lightning at a charity event two years ago has died from an infection attributed to his injuries.

Obituary: Richard Jamieson, award-winning Minnesota filmmaking pioneer

The year was 1979, and the record album and phonograph needle were kings. But a prescient Richard Jamieson was asked about an emerging technology known…

Betsy Bloomingdale private collection going to auction

Personal belongings of the late fashion icon, socialite and philanthropist Betsy Bloomingdale will be auctioned in New York later this year and next year.

Obituary: Dr. Frederick Hass, 97, founder of North Clinic in the Twin Cities

Dr. Frederick M. Hass was a patient’s doctor, quick on his feet during the most trying of times. When he was a young doctor, a…

Phil Chess, co-founder of blues label Chess Records, dies

Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess, who with brother Leonard helped launch the careers of Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and others and amassed a catalog of rock and electric "Chicago" blues that profoundly influenced popular music in the 1950s and beyond, has died. He was 95.

Obituary: Varjo Jurisoo, drafted by three armies, immigrated to U.S.

"He went through more in his first 25 years of life than I ever will in my whole life," said his son David Jurisoo.

Thom Jones, author of 'The Pugilist at Rest,' dies at 71

Thom Jones, an acclaimed short-story writer who drew upon family tragedy and his own painful struggles for "The Pugilist At Rest" and other collections, has died.

Robert 'Big Sonny' Edwards, member of The Intruders, dies

An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.