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Cassandra Butts, former deputy White House counsel, dies

Cassandra Butts, former deputy White House counsel and a classmate and friend of President Barack Obama, has died, her family and Obama said. She was 50.

Second baby eagle dies in Iowa nest connected to webcam

A second baby eagle has died in a northeastern Iowa nest that people around the world watch online through a webcam.

Woman dies from fire ant attack 1 day after her mother died

An Alabama woman standing atop a hay bale was attacked by fire ants and died of an apparent allergic reaction the day after her mother died, authorities and a relative said Friday.

'Groundhog Day' actress Angela Paton dies at age 86

Angela Paton (PAY-ton), an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," has died at age 86.

Minnesota eagle, a symbol for wounded vets, dies at age 35

A Minnesota eagle that gained fame in national TV appearances and as a symbol for wounded veterans has died at the ripe old age of 35, the National Eagle Center announced Thursday.


Gophers pitching coach Oakes remembered for values, leadership

Todd Oakes, who spent 18 years as Gophers pitching coach, mentoring Twins closer Glen Perkins and others, died Thursday after a four-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 55.


State judge in 'Mississippi Burning' trial dies at age 84

The state judge who presided over the "Mississippi Burning" trial in 2005 has died.


Jennifer Aniston announces death of mother Nancy Dow at 79

Jennifer Aniston's mother, Nancy Dow, has died. She was 79.


500-pound actor known for low-budget movies dies in NY at 62

Joe Fleishaker (FLY'-shay-kur), a 500-pound actor known for his work in low-budget horror films, has died. He was 62.


Obituary: Jean Dressel, librarian, artist and gardener

Before Google put instant information at everyone’s fingertips, reference librarians like Jean Dressel were human search engines, digging up nuggets of knowledge for library patrons.…


Missing Appalachian Trail hiker found dead last year kept journal of her ordeal

An Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost, kept a journal of her ordeal and ultimately resigned herself to the idea she was going to die and it could be years before her remains were located, according to investigatory documents.


Sheriff's deputies: Kiln man dies after fight with 3 sons

Sheriff's deputies say a 75-year-old Mississippi man has died after he was brutally beaten during a fight last week with three of his sons.


Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," has died. She was 74.


Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang dies at age 104

Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang, known for her prolific output and marriage to an equally famous author, died Wednesday at age 104, state media said.


Obituary: Pediatric cardiologist Dr. George Lund was pioneer, innovator

George W. Lund started his medical career by making house calls. He eventually made his mark as one of Minnesota’s first board-certified pediatric cardiologists and…


Jeanne Parr, TV correspondent and Chris Noth's mom, dies

Jeanne L. Parr, a former television correspondent in New York and mother of actor Chris Noth, has died. She was 92.


Burt Kwouk, veteran of the 'Pink Panther' movies, dies at 85

Burt Kwouk, an actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the comic "Pink Panther" films, has died. He was 85.


The Latest: Remains of New Orleans WWII veteran return home

The Latest on the return of the remains of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating to New Orleans (all times local):


Ex-Megadeth drummer Nick Menza collapses on stage, dies

A family spokesman says Nick Menza, former drummer for influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California.