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Pop, country singer Billy Joe Royal dies at age 73

Billy Joe Royal, a pop singer who popularized the song "Down in the Boondocks," and crossed over into country music, has died. He was 73 years old.

Former GOP state chairman, campaign operative Leon Oistad dies at 72

Leon Oistad, a shrewd political operative who served in the 1980s as chairman of what was then called the state Independent-Republican Party, died Sept. 18 at his home in …

Belgian director Chantal Akerman is dead at 65

The Belgian avant-garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman, whose patient, personal reflections on the lives of women made her a leading figure of arthouse cinema, has died. She was 65.

Obituary: Rev. Noah Smith, 107, Wayman AME pastor

It may have taken him awhile to get started, but the Rev. Noah Spencer Smith, who was 52 when he was ordained as a minister, picked up steam and …

The West Bank's homeless fixture Chester is dead + Photo Gallery

The top-hatted busker was found dead Saturday in his makeshift homeless camp under a bridge.

Labor, civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at age 100

Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist who was part of the labor, civil rights, black power, women's rights and environmental justice movements, died Monday at her Detroit home. She was 100.

Memorial ceremony held in South Dakota for ex-Gov. Miller

Former South Dakota Gov. Walter Dale Miller was remembered Monday as a man who remained cool in a time of crisis during a memorial ceremony at the state Capitol …

Civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, a longtime civil rights activist, editor and publisher, has died. He was 65.

Al Abrams, Motown Records' 1st press officer, dies at 74

Al Abrams, the founding press officer and publicist for Motown Records, died Saturday following a battle with cancer, his wife said. He was 74.