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Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

Obituary: Gerald 'Jerry' Siegel, U pioneer in speech pathology

Gerald “Jerry” Siegel’s life revolved around communication. For more than 30 years, he was a fixture of the University of Minnesota’s speech pathology department, a pioneer in research about …

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Banker who lived to 109 credited unlisted number

A Pennsylvania banker and philanthropist who said the key to his longevity was having an unlisted phone number has died at age 109.

Obituary: Malcolm McLean, former president of Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

Malcolm McLean was enjoying a distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat in Central America until he got a call from an old family friend. It was the early 1970s. The …


Longtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40

Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.


Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.


Coffee House Press founder Allan Kornblum passes away

Allan Kornblum, the wiry-haired, keen-minded founder of the internationally renowned Coffee House Press, died Sunday morning at his home in St. Paul. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in …


Obituary: Theodore Papermaster, longtime Twin Cities pediatrician, World War II vet

Theodore “Ted” Papermaster, a longtime Twin Cities pediatrician known for a prodigious memory and swift diagnostic skills, died Nov. 10 after a brief illness. He was 100. A World War …