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Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' rapper, dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.

Oscar-winning writer of 'Dances With Wolves' novel dies

Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died.

'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.

Obituary: Ruth Rendell, popular author of mystery novels

Prolific writer of mystery novels was credited with pushing the genre into new themes.

Russian ballerina Plisetskaya dies at 89

Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at age 89.


Obituary: Oksana Bryn, opera singer and teacher

When former international opera singer and voice coach Audrey Stottler sees Twin Cities artists perform, she can immediately tell which ones have been trained by Oksana Bryn. They are more …


Frank Olivo, Santa pelted with snow at '68 Eagles game, dies

The fill-in Santa whose downfield jaunt at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 lives on in sports history for the hail of snowballs and shower of boos that rained down on him has died. Frank Olivo was 66.


Pete Brown, first black player to win PGA Tour event, dies

Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80.


Feds: Criminal charges dropped in huge California wildfire

Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.