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Obituary: Donald Banham, a police officer who braved the color line

Donald Banham wasn’t trying to be a trailblazer. He just quietly was one. Banham became the first black police officer on the University of Minnesota Police Department in 1958, survived …

San Francisco Chronicle heir, board member Nan McEvoy dies

Nan Tucker McEvoy, the last member of the San Francisco Chronicle's founding family to head the newspaper, died Thursday after a long convalescence. She was 95.

Hollywood golden age actress Sally Forrest dies at 86

Sally Forrest, an actress-dancer who graced the silver screen throughout the '40s and '50s in MGM musicals and films such as the 1956 noir "While the City Sleeps," died on March 15 at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 86 and had long battled cancer.

Founder of St. Paul women's shelter killed in car crash in Cuba

Sharon Rice Vaughan, 73, “became a powerful spokeswoman for the hidden plight of battered women and their children.”

Narcotics dog who ingested meth during search dies

Barney, the Tacoma police narcotics dog that became sick after ingesting methamphetamine during a drug investigation, has died.

Obituary: Maureen Flahaven was leader on many local, state issues

Maureen Flahaven, a civic leader and activist who played important roles working for DFL candidates, promoting Minnesota and rebuilding St. Paul’s downtown sports arena, died of cancer March 2 …

Lawsuit: Boy, 11, died of allergic reaction to Publix cookie

The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

Details of victims in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

They came from as far away as Australia, Iran, Morocco and Venezuela, and their lives ended together in France's deadliest plane crash in decades. The victims included two babies, schoolchildren …

Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49

Neil Alexander, a financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. He was 49.