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New York Giants matriarch Ann Mara dies at 85

Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, has died. She was 85.

Obituary: Gustavus Tennis coach Steve Wilkinson served up wins, lessons in respect

Steve Wilkinson’s recipe for success with his tennis players at Gustavus Adolphus College was to have a positive attitude, focus on their efforts and treat others with respect. It …

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism

Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.

Bernice Gordon, crossword puzzle constructor, dies at 101

Bernice Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, has died at the age of 101.

Federal appeals judge Arthur Alarcon dies in Los Angeles

Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89.

Father of 1st known surviving US quintuplets dies

Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so large: She was about to give birth to five babies, who would become the first known surviving quintuplets born in the U.S.

'Foyle's War' returns for a final, satisfying season

The end is at hand for "Foyle's War," the absorbing, impeccably produced World War II-era series that moved smoothly from crime to spy drama as the years passed.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.