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1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Helen Eustis, award-winning mystery writer, dead at 98

Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98.

Charles Townes, who helped invent now-ubiquitous laser, dies

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.

Brown University's founding dean of medicine dies at 92

The founding dean of Brown University's medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92.


Obituary: Marcus Borg, Christian scholar

Marcus J. Borg, a scholar who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure, died Wednesday at his home …


Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.


Former Arizona Republic publisher dies at age 67

Sue Clark-Johnson, a pioneering figure in the newspaper industry who served as publisher of the Arizona Republic and Reno Gazette Journal during a lengthy career at Gannett Co., has died. She was 67.


Obituary: Donald Kahn pictured the world through mathematics

With Donald Kahn, a quick question about math often inspired an hourlong conversation about something else entirely. Music. French politics. Photography. During his decades at the University of Minnesota, the mathematics …