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Obituary: Mary Thornton Phillips was an education leader with style

Rob Wasserman, accomplished bass player, dead at 64

Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died. He was 64.


New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.


Oldest known surviving Pullman porter dies at 106

– Lee Wesley Gibson, believed to have been the oldest living Pullman porter, died as he lived — calm, quiet and in…


Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87

Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.


Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87

Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.


Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84

Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.


Obituary: David Forster Jr.'s aspirations as an athlete, businessman cut short

A week after running alongside his fiancée in Grandma's Marathon, helping her finish her first 26.2-mile race, the 27-year-old elite runner collapsed on an evening run near his Minneapolis home and died.


Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and master of defense, dies at 85

Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. Neither did his fierce defenses that won two Super Bowls.The pugnacious coach and defensive mastermind whose…


Mack Rice, composer of 'Mustang Sally,' dies at 82

Mack Rice, the composer of '60s hit "Mustang Sally" and co-writer of the Staple Singers' landmark "Respect Yourself" has died in Detroit. He was 82.


Fiat Chrysler gearshift probe finds 266 crashes, 68 injuries

A government investigation into confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin found 266 crashes that injured 68 people.


Italian film comic Bud Spencer, the 'good giant,' dies at 86

Bud Spencer, a burly comic actor dubbed the "good giant" for punching out bad guys on the screen, often in a long series of spaghetti westerns, has died in Italy. He was 86.


Obituary: Public schoolteacher Rose Asao found, fostered a deep love of learning

As World War II loomed in 1941, Rose Asao caught the last boat from Tokyo to return to her Midwestern hometown. If the upheaval upset…


Bill Cunningham, NY Times fashion photographer, dies at 87

Bill Cunningham, a longtime fashion photographer for The New York Times known for taking pictures of everyday people on the streets of New York, has died. He was 87.


Obituary: Ralph Talbot was Anoka County's longest-serving sheriff

Ralph "Buster" Talbot's proudest identity was as a family man, but generations of Anoka County residents knew him as "Sheriff."First appointed to the top law…


Bernie Worrell, masterful P-Funk keyboardist, dead at 72

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious "Wizard of Woo" whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.


Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies

Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket," died after a long illness. He was 76.


Obituary: 'Mr Wonderful' Byron Bradley was quiet giant on state's art scene

An authoritative account of Grand Marais’ rise as a North Shore artist colony mentions the flamboyant Birney Quick about three times as much as his…


Former IG fired by Obama over investigation dies at 84

Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the federal AmeriCorps program who was fired by President Barack Obama over his handling of an investigation into a California mayor and Obama supporter, has died. He was 84.