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Obituary: At NASA or Land O'Lakes, Arlene Stansfield was an industry leader

Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.


National Guard releases funeral details for Gen. Vessey

The Minnesota Army National Guard has released details of funeral services planned this week for retired Army Gen. John Vessey, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Obituary: Gene Wilder gave a deft comedic touch to his neurotic roles

Gene Wilder, an actor whose work with comics Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor made him one of the most popular stars of the 1970s and…


Appreciation: In Gene Wilder's madcap roles, a magical mania

Gene Wilder was terrific when he was calm and collected. But when he lost it, he was transcendent.


Mel Brooks, Gervais, more pay tribute to Gene Wilder

Tributes from peers and admirers poured in Monday for Gene Wilder, who died Sunday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.


Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.


Former Patriots lineman, dentist, Bill Lenkaitis dies

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman and team dentist Bill Lenkaitis has died.


Pro wrestling's Mr. Fuji dies at 82

World Wrestling Entertainment says the former star wrestler and manager Harry Fujiwara, better known as Mr. Fuji, has died at age 82. An obituary posted on WWE's website Sunday said Fujiwara died that morning. The obituary doesn't say where he died or list a cause of death. The WWE hasn't responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.


Nobel-winning scientist dies in St. Paul hospital

James W. Cronin's work helped explain evolution of the universe.


Rudy Van Gelder, legendary jazz recording engineer, dies

Rudy Van Gelder, the audio engineer who helped shape the sound of modern jazz on thousands of recordings, including such timeless albums as John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" and Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," has died. He was 91.


Longtime Associated Press TV columnist Jerry Buck dies at 85

William G. (Jerry) Buck, a columnist who chronicled the television industry for The Associated Press in New York and Los Angeles, died Friday at age 85.


Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.


WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:


Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, no stranger to political stage

Anne Holton first stepped into the spotlight in 1970 as a white student enrolling in a predominantly black middle school in Virginia's capital as part of a push for school integration by her father, the state's governor at the time.


Butter plant expansion forces closure of Hillsboro airport

There is no lack of quaintness at the Joshua Sanford Field Airport.


Retired Gilbert teacher reconnects students to their past

Richard Roach, former longtime English teacher in Gilbert, put the following message on Facebook on June 1:


Actor Marvin Kaplan, a diner patron on 'Alice,' dead at 89

Veteran actor Marvin Kaplan has died at 89.


Obituary: Tom Metzen's passion helped horse racing thrive in Minnesota

Fans at Canterbury Park on the final day of the season next month will witness something new: a race named after Tom Metzen, a Minnesota…