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Broadway giant James 'Jimmy' Nederlander dies at 94

James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.

American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies

A longtime representative of South Dakota's Lakota people, Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr., has died on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. He was 97.


Ex-lawmaker who helped bring Confederate flag off dome dies

Former South Carolina Rep. Bill Cotty, a champion for public education who helped bring the Confederate flag off the Statehouse dome, has died. He was 69.


Longtime UCLA med school dean Sherman Mellinkoff dies at 96

Dr. Sherman Mellinkoff, who took the newly created School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and turned it into a powerhouse of medical research and academics, has died at age 96.


Tim LaHaye, author of "Left Behind" end-times novels, dies

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the "Left Behind" series, a multimillion-selling literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday. He was…


Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, has died at 86

Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as "West Side Story," ''The King and I" and "My Fair Lady," has died. She was 86.


Tim LaHaye, author of 'Left Behind' end times novels, dies

The author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels about the return of Jesus and the rapture has died.A publicist for the Rev. Tim LaHaye says…


Ex-Lebanon hostage Thomas Sutherland dies in Colorado

Thomas Sutherland, a teacher was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died.


The Latest: Medical examiner: Coger died from enlarged heart

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Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.


Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.


Gregarious Twin Cities bar owner Matt Lokowich, dead at 49, was a friend to all

"It's pretty evident that he loved people. People loved him. There's a lot of heartache on this one."


2-time Pulitzer-winning reporter for Chicago Tribune dies

William Gaines, who won two Pulitzer Prizes as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has died. He was 82.


Bill Cardille, former Pittsburgh local TV host, dead at 87

Bill Cardille, a Pittsburgh TV personality nicknamed "Chilly Billy" who hosted late-night "Chiller Theater" as well as "Studio Wrestling," has died. He was 87.


Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home after a months-long battle with cancer.


Obituary: Professor, nonprofit leader Alvera Mickelsen blended feminism and Christian teaching

Alvera Mickelsen devoted her life to the conversion of her fellow Christians, not to faith but to feminism. A lifelong evangelical, Mickelsen dedicated her career…


Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home Wednesday after a months-long battle with cancer.


Obituary: Capt. James Borden flew during the golden age of aviation

Capt. James W. Borden's childhood dream was to fly airplanes — one he fulfilled many times over as an adult flying for Northwest Airlines for…


Reaction to the death of writer-director Garry Marshall

Reaction to the death Tuesday of TV and film writer and director Garry Marshall of "Happy Days" and "Pretty Woman" fame:___"RIP Garry Marshall, whose humor…