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George Weymouth, artist who hid Wyeth's 'Helga' works, dies

A Pennsylvania conservationist and artist who for years helped hide a secret cache of Andrew Wyeth's "Helga" portraits has died.

Remo Belli, musician who pioneered synthetic drumheads, dies

Remo Belli, who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound, has died.

Scalia's loss raises questions for Supreme Court

Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight?

Funeral for ex-Patriot Ron Brace scheduled for Monday

Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace is being laid to rest in his home town.

Born on Iron Range, peace activist and priest Daniel Berrigan dies

His defiant protests helped shape Americans' opposition to the Vietnam War. And they landed The Rev. Daniel Berrigan behind bars.


Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94.


Obituary: Ruth Johnson showed gunnery sergeants what expert meant

Her children described her as demure, but it turned out Ruth Johnson had an instinct for firearms. Before all those decades of faithful attendance at…


Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies in Hawaii

Tommy Kono, who took up weightlifting in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States, has died. He was 85.


Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies in Hawaii

Tommy Kono, who took up weightlifting in an internment camp for the Japanese and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States, has died.


ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.


Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.


ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.


Willmar sailor's remains return home 72 years after his D-Day death

A nephew's years of sleuthing led to identification of remains in an unmarked grave in France.


Frederick Mayer, German Jew who returned to Nazi Europe as U.S. spy, dies

Frederick Mayer was a person, a friend once observed, whose “fear nerve is dead.” A German-born Jew, he fled his home in the Black Forest…


Obituary: Robert Schumacher was a 'judge's judge'

From the value of the land of the Minnesota Twins stadium to disputes in lawsuits over Catholic clergy abuse, Robert Schumacher had a…


Les Waas, creator of the Mister Softee jingle, dies at 94

Les Waas, the advertising legend behind the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks for more than half a century, has died. He was 94.


APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.


Obituary: Actor Richard Holmberg was longtime Santa at Bachman's

He was a truck driver, a scoutmaster and a chemical dependency counselor, but it was Richard Holmberg’s career as Santa Claus that gave him a…


Prince's estate to be temporarily managed by trust company

A Minnesota judge appointed a corporate trust company on Wednesday to temporarily oversee Prince's multimillion-dollar estate, saying the emergency appointment was necessary because the superstar musician doesn't appear to have a will and immediate decisions must be made about his business interests.