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Obituary: Audrey Benson, advocate for the disabled

On the back of her electric wheelchair, Audrey Benson left an entertaining compilation of messages in her wake. “Why be normal? Be free,” read one piece of paper taped near …

Ohio veteran who rescued orphans in Korean War dies at 97

A retired Air Force colonel who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits inspired a movie starring Rock Hudson has died in Ohio. Dean Hess was 97.

Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.

Actor known for role as dim-witted boss on 'Seinfeld' dies

Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.

Obituary: Greg Pratt, documentary producer for WCCO-TV and PBS

As a journalist, Greg Pratt was fearless, tenacious and curious. Combined with his passion for storytelling and his keen ability to put words and pictures together, Pratt tackled compelling …


Obama, Carter, Rice pay tribute to Notre Dame's Hesburgh

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years as president, was remembered Wednesday as a world leader in social issues but someone whose main goal was helping people connect with God.


Obituary: John Novachis was business leader at Edina's shopping hub

John Novachis ran an upscale men’s clothing store near the corner of 50th and France long before the area was trendy, outfitting customers ranging from high-profile Twin Cities celebrities …


Planned Parenthood director Thomas Webber bravely led through turbulent times

One day in 1989, a man called Thomas Webber’s St. Paul office and asked to talk. He was a reporter for a Catholic newspaper, he said, and wanted an …


Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy

Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend to kill himself.