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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, has died. He was 81

ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association team into a four-decade cash cow worth nearly $800 million in NBA money, 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.


Toby Keith reflects on Merle Haggard ahead of tribute

Country star Toby Keith said it was always a thrill to perform with Merle Haggard, whether it was playing together for fun or helping Haggard finish one of his last shows before his death at age 79.


The Rev. Billy Kyles dies; was present when ML King was shot

The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a longtime civil rights leader who was present when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a hotel balcony, has died in Memphis. He was 81.


Dead whale brings majestic moments, big problems for beach

For those who could stand the smell, and stifle their gags, it was something to behold — the sad but riveting sight of a 40-foot whale lying dead on its side on a Southern California beach known for its surfing.


Obituary: Wesley Cox, a Spring Lake Park founder, first police chief, helped city grow

Wesley Cox was one of Spring Lake Park's founding fathers and helped shepherd the young city for decades.He was elected one of its first constables…


Prince's lawyer: Death a shock; singer led clean lifestyle

Prince's longtime lawyer called the death of the superstar a complete shock and said Monday that the singer lived a clean and healthy lifestyle, disputing…


South Dakota wildlife artist Terry Redlin dies at 78

Redlin won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition twice and created an art center in his hometown of Watertown, S.D.


Muhammad Salah, acquitted of supporting Hamas, dead at 62

Muhammad Salah, a suburban Chicago man who fought off charges he supported Hamas, has died. He was 62.