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Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.

Ex-US Sen. Griffin, who hastened Nixon resignation, dies

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, has died at age 91.

Obituary: Marlene Smith, the 'Water Tower Lady' of Lindstrom, was an accomplished executive

Raised on a farm, Smith appreciated hard work and loved to help others.

Paul Almond, creator of "Seven Up!" documentary, dies at 83

Paul Almond, a Canadian-born filmmaker whose landmark 1964 documentary "Seven Up!" inspired an extended look at British children's unfolding lives, has died. Almond was 83.

Caseworkers assigned to toddler who starved to death resign

Two caseworkers assigned to a 2-year-old Ohio girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury have resigned.

Chef Homaro Cantu, who blended science and food, dies

Chef Homaro Cantu, who artfully blended science and fine dining at his Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, has died.

Single session launched Percy Sledge, No. 1 hit, and a sound

Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in 1965.

Obituary: Students lined up to take Qiguang Zhao's class

His class was a favorite among Carleton College seniors and often had a list of students waiting to get into it. Word quickly spread over the years about Prof. Qiguang …