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'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76.

Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died

Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.

Thousands mourn fallen firefighters in Washington state

Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state.

Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77.


1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.


Obituary: Pianist Thelma Hunter was a major figure in Twin Cities' music scene

Thelma Hunter knew what it was like to play on the big stage. At age 5, the pianist performed at Carnegie Hall as one of the “talented youth of …


Augsburg women's basketball coach Bill McKee dies

McKee also coached at Mounds View, Blaine and Cretin-Derham Hall


Legionnaires' kills 2 Illinois veterans' home residents

Two residents of an Illinois veterans' home have died of Legionnaires' Disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.