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Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.

Still no will, but work to settle Prince estate forges ahead

Work to settle Prince's estate is moving forward, and a closed hearing is expected to be held this week to resolve an undisclosed dispute between the likely heirs and the trust company that's managing the estate. Court papers say only that the dispute involves "confidential business agreements." Five months after the musician's death, here's a look at where things stand:


Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.


Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.


Bill Nunn, actor in "Do the Right Thing," dead at 63

Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the "Spider-Man" movie franchise to such Spike Lee films as "Do the Right Thing" and "He Got Game," has died.


Text of Obama's remarks at museum dedication

Text of President Barack Obama's remarks on Saturday at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as provided by the White House.


WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in presidential election

A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:


New African-American history museum took a decade in build

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opening this weekend in Washington took more than a decade to build. A look at some of the key milestones in its construction:


Obituary: The Rev. Stephen Goold, 68, led New Hope megachurch

After the gay nightclub shootings in Orlando last June, the senior pastor of a conservative evangelical church in New Hope recalls standing before his congregation…


'Tobacco Road' songwriter John D. Loudermilk dies

John D. Loudermilk, a singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," has died. He was 82.


Former North Stars owner and president Walter Bush dies at 86

Walter Bush was selected the NHL's Executive of the Year in 1972 by The Hockey News, and won the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1973 for his contributions to the sport in the United States.


Ed Temple dies: Coached Wilma Rudolph to Olympic gold medals

Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.


Obituary: Former inmate John Troyer gave others a second chance

John Troyer would often sit in the front row of church dressed in tattered clothes, appearing to be homeless. Sometimes, ushers asked him to leave.…


Pioneering California physicist dies; built important tool

A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who helped build a key tool for studying the universe and played a role in the project that created the first atomic bomb has died, a lab official said Thursday.


Cystic fibrosis patient dies 5 days after husband passes on

A Kentucky woman afflicted by cystic fibrosis died Thursday, five days after losing her husband to the same genetic lung disease.


Obituary: Richard 'Dick' Earp, prominent tax accountant, was opposite of lawman relative

Richard Wyatt Earp's profession as a tax accountant was the polar opposite of his namesake and distant cousin Wyatt Earp, the Old West lawman romanticized…


'8 Mile' director, Oscar-winning writer Curtis Hanson dies

Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for "L.A. Confidential" and directed the psychological thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop "8 Mile," has died. He was 71.


Ex-Nebraska Rep. Bill Barrett, who pushed farm issues, dies

Longtime Nebraska politician Bill Barrett, who was known for seeking consensus and compromise while helping shape the nation's farm policy during his decade in Congress, has died. The conservative Republican was 87.


World's oldest Catholic bishop, Peter Gerety, dies at 104

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, says the world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop has died. The Rev. Peter Gerety was 104.