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'Foyle's War' returns for a final, satisfying season

The end is at hand for "Foyle's War," the absorbing, impeccably produced World War II-era series that moved smoothly from crime to spy drama as the years passed.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Correction: Obit--Edward Saylor story

In a story Jan. 29 about the death of Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew a risky raid during World War II, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the mission. It was April 18, 1942, not April 28, 1942.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Helen Eustis, award-winning mystery writer, dead at 98

Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98.


Charles Townes, who helped invent now-ubiquitous laser, dies

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.


Brown University's founding dean of medicine dies at 92

The founding dean of Brown University's medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92.


Obituary: Marcus Borg, Christian scholar

Marcus J. Borg, a scholar who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure, died Wednesday at his home …


Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.