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Obituary: Onetime journalist Ted Smebakken owned furniture store in St. Paul for decades

Without fail, Ted Smebakken reported to each yearly Canadian fishing trip with his former news colleagues sporting gear he gleaned from rickety old tackle boxes found at estate sales. “A …

Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from Holocaust, dies at 106

Hero was uncomfortable with honors he received.

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father's estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life.

Obituary: Humble beginning shaped interior designer Ann Birt's deep sense of style

Ann Carlson Birt could transform any room. She’d walk in, take a look and then start moving things around — a chair here, a plant there. Suddenly, the space …

Jack Carter, brash comic, dies at 93

Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said.


Chris Squire, bassist of progressive rock band Yes, dies

Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67.


Obituary: Fred Dereschuk championed workers' rights

Fred Dereschuk made it his business to fight for the working man and woman. “Fred exemplified what a labor leader is meant to be,” said Vincent Giblin, former general president …


Authorities: Anti-vaccine doctor dead in apparent suicide

Authorities say anti-vaccine Dr. Jeff Bradstreet has been found dead in an apparent suicide in North Carolina.


Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV series 'The Avengers,' dies

Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.