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Historian Robert Conquest, Soviet regime expert, dies at 98

British-born historian Robert Conquest, whose influential works on Soviet history shed light on the terror during the Stalin era, has died. He was 98.

Obituary: Gillian Furst was a warrior for workers, women's rights

For decades, Gillian Furst organized strategic meetings out of her living room, offering rank-and-file workers a safe haven from corporate oversight and a vision for the future of the …

Obituary: Hamline grad Coleen Gray was film-noir good girl

“I was always the goody-two-shoes,” actress Coleen Gray often said, “but I wanted to be a sex symbol.” She had grown up on corn and dairy farms in the …

Famed country producer Billy Sherrill dies at age 78

Country record producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill, who helped create the smooth "countrypolitan" sound of the 1960s and 1970s, has died. He was 78.

Georgia lawyer shot with Hustler publisher in 1978 dies

A retired Georgia judge who was nearly killed in the 1978 shooting that injured Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt has died.

Chris Hyndman, host of TV show 'Steven and Chris,' has died

Chris Hyndman, co-host of the Canadian lifestyle show "Steven and Chris," has died.

Former Lions running back Mel Farr dies at age 70

Mel Farr, a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 70.

Philanthropist, GOP powerbroker Elsie Hillman dies at 89

Elsie Hillman, a philanthropist and political activist who helped propel moderate Republicans to state and national offices, died Tuesday. She was 89.

Designer Arnold Scaasi dead at 85

Designer Arnold Scaasi, whose bright, flamboyant creations adorned first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush and film stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Barbra Streisand, has died. He was 85.