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Former Biloxi mayor dies at 93; was WWII fighter pilot

Former Biloxi, Mississippi, Mayor Jerry O'Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a fighter pilot in World War II, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Steven Hill, who played 'Law & Order' DA Schiff, dies at 94

Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," died Tuesday. He was 94.


Wisconsin families fight drug addiction through obituaries

Some people who have lost loved ones to drug addiction are speaking out in obituaries as heroin and prescription opioid abuse continue to cause a rising toll of fatal overdoses in Wisconsin and across the nation.


Alabama funeral planned for journalist George Curry

Funeral plans are set for George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States.


Filmmaker who made illustrations into moving images dies

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died at his Connecticut home. Morton Schindel was 98.


Last resident of historic Chinese shrimping village dies

The last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay has died.


Researcher who led fight to eradicate smallpox dies at 87

The American epidemiologist whose unwavering leadership resulted in the eradication nearly 40 years ago of smallpox, one of the world's most feared contagious diseases, has…


Former AP correspondent Mark Chellgren dies at age 62

Mark R. Chellgren, who covered Kentucky state government for about two decades for The Associated Press, has died at age 62.


Funeral being held for son of late DC Mayor Marion Barry

A funeral is being held for the son of the late District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry.


Trump family unity aided by bulldozers, hard hats

There's something about bulldozers and hard hats that brings a family together.


Prominent black journalist, publisher George Curry has died

George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, has died. He was 69.


Donald "D.A." Henderson led international effort that eradicated smallpox

Dr. Donald "D.A." Henderson, an American epidemiologist who led the international war on smallpox that resulted in its eradication in 1980, the only such success…


Italian soprano Daniela Dessi dies at 59 after brief illness

Italy's La Scala opera house says soprano Daniela Dessi has died. She was 59.


'NSync, Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman dies in prison

Lou Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme.


Prize-winning author Joyce Carol Thomas dead at 78

Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78.


Musicologist who reinvigorated Jesuit musical tradition dies

The former director of the Boston College Jesuit Institute whose research helped to revive the Jesuit religious order's musical tradition has died. Rev. T. Frank Kennedy was 67.


Funeral services set for Gen. John Vessey of Minnesota

Funeral services are set for Gen. John Vessey Jr., a Minnesotan who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan.


Former Travelers CEO Jay Fishman dies at 63 after ALS battle

Former Travelers Group insurance company chief executive Jay Fishman, who became a national advocate for research into Lou Gehrig's disease after being diagnosed with it, died at his home in New Jersey on Friday. He was 63.


Jack Riley, Mr. Carlin on 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 80

Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob Newhart Show" and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats," died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according to his representative Paul Doherty.