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Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams dies in California at 95

Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military color barrier during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.

Inventor of the 1970s phenomenon Pet Rock dies

It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere $3.95, a consumer could buy … a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock …

Obituary: U Prof. Josef Mestenhauser championed Czech culture

For nearly half his life, Josef Mestenhauser lived a sort of double life. In Minnesota, he was a revered professor who won international awards promoting student exchange programs around the …

Jeremy Brown, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts guitarist, dies

Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years old.

Obituary: Jack Puterbaugh, DFL stalwart and advance man for JFK's final trip

Jack Puterbaugh, a stalwart DFL activist and advance man in Minnesota in the 1950s, could never have guessed that when he went to Dallas in November 1963 to make …

Wisconsin trooper who died in the line of duty buried

The young trooper killed in a confrontation with a bank robbery suspect in Fond du Lac has been laid to rest.

Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93

Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," has died. He was 93.

Obituary: Priscilla Stanko channeled grief into Ronald McDonald House at U of Minn.

More than 4,000 families a year spend nights at the Ronald McDonald House, a shelter on the University of Minnesota campus that Priscilla Lou Stanko helped start after her …

Oscar-nominated Czech cameraman Miroslav Ondricek dies at 80

Miroslav Ondricek, the Czech director of photography who was twice nominated for the Academy Awards, has died. He was 80.