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Gerson, scribe of 'Monsters, Inc.,' 'Big Hero 6' dies at 49

Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," has died. He was 49.Gerson's family said in a…

Providence says goodbye to colorful ex-Mayor Buddy Cianci

Providence said goodbye on Monday to former Mayor Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking king of one-liners who led the city during a turbulent and troubled six terms.

Mourners pay respects to Buddy Cianci for second day

Mourners for the second day in a row paid their respects to former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) at the building where he worked for more than 21 years.

Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74.

Obituary: Paul Savage was unselfish volunteer who made a difference in St. Paul neighborhood

Paul Savage was one of those people any organization counts itself lucky to have. The person who helps keep everything running, who solves problems, who…


New York real estate developer John Tishman dies at age 90

A builder whose company worked on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Century City complex in Los Angeles and Walt Disney's EPCOT center in Florida among other high-profile developments has died. John Tishman was 90.


Late ex-Mayor Cianci returns to beloved Providence City Hall

Buddy Cianci, the former mayor of Providence who presided over the city's revitalization during two stints in office cut short by criminal charges and prison, returned to City Hall on Saturday, lying in repose outside the office he occupied for more than 21 years.


Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90

Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90.


Former Minnesotan who gave name to 'Peanuts' Linus dies at age 90

Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90.


Obituary: Curious and gregarious, Charles Brin was the voice of Fresh Air Radio

Charles Brin loved Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart." An actor and co-founder of KFAI Fresh Air Radio and longtime host of the weekly program…


Judge who presided over Martha Stewart's NY trial dies at 86

A federal judge who presided over Martha Stewart's criminal trial in New York has died. Miriam Cedarbaum was 86.


Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring physics, the mind, and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85.


Ferd Kaufman, longtime AP photographer, dead at 89

Ferd Kaufman, an Associated Press photographer who was at Dallas police headquarters as authorities brought in President John F. Kennedy's assassin, has died in Texas. He was 89.


Joe Dowell, had No. 1 hit with 'Wooden Heart," dies at 76

Joe Dowell, a singer briefly popular in the early 1960s who had a No. 1 hit with the ballad "Wooden Heart," has died. He was 76.


Texas Western celebrating historic title 50 years later

David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western's historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky.


A look back at Earth Wind & Fire's greatest hits

A look back at Earth, Wind & Fire's highest charting songs following the passing of founding member Maurice White, who died Wednesday at age 74:


Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.


Ex-Indiana Gov. Whitcomb, POW in World War II, dies at 98

Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb, who escaped from a Japanese prisoner camp by swimming overnight during World War II and then made an around-the-world solo sailing trip while in his 70s, has died at age 98.


Obituary: Mary Beth Blegen, National Teacher of the Year, dies at 72

Being widely known as National Teacher of the Year didn’t faze Mary Beth Blegen, who patted President Clinton on the shoulder after he spoke in…