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Obituary: Pete Gaylord, a force behind fantasy games

Former IG fired by Obama over investigation dies at 84

Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the federal AmeriCorps program who was fired by President Barack Obama over his handling of an investigation into a California mayor and Obama supporter, has died. He was 84.


Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies

Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket," died Thursday after a long illness. He was 76.


Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe dies at 72

Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe, whose family sold The Columbus Dispatch last year and still owns television and radio stations, has died at age 72.


Bernie Worrell, masterful P-Funk keyboardist, dead at 72

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious "Wizard of Woo" whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.


Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, has died. He was 89.


Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday. He was 89.


1 of 2 remaining Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders — who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale — has died in Montana, his family said.


Ellen Soeteber, former editor of the Post-Dispatch, dies

Veteran journalist Ellen Soeteber, the former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has died after a brief illness. She was 66.


Fiat Chrysler speeds up recall of confusing gear shifters

Fiat Chrysler is speeding up a recall of 1.1 million vehicles with confusing gear shifters like one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.


Whitewater rafter dies from amoebic infection after NC trip

An Ohio woman who went whitewater rafting in North Carolina has died of an infection after being exposed to an amoeba naturally present in warm fresh water.


The Latest: Whitewater Center open after Ohio teen's death

The Latest on the death of an Ohio woman after a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina: (all times local):


Click here when I die: Sites lay out plans for loved ones

Several websites are trying to make death easier -- for the people left behind.


Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns duo dies at 74

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74.


Wayne Jackson, half of Memphis Horns duo, dies at age 74

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74.


Walker says he's waiting on timeline for replacing Rhoades

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to wait until after the funeral for Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades to talk about a timeline for naming a successor.


Frank Chapot, Olympic show jumper and coach, dies at 84

Frank Chapot, a champion show jumper who competed in six Olympics before coaching the United States equestrian team to gold, has died. He was 84.


Obituary: Sister Jean Thuerauf left North Side legacy with Cookie Cart

Thomas Dixon grew up in a world where adults sometimes drank and partied too much, and children sometimes didn’t get the help they needed. One…


The Latest: Feds now involved in Yelchin death investigation

The Latest on the death of "Star Trek" film actor Anton Yelchin (all times local):