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Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69

A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69.

Texas research facility fined for deaths of primates

A South Texas research facility has been fined after 13 primates died of hyperthermia in overheated rooms, a federal official said Friday.

Prince tribute concert set for October at U.S. Bank Stadium

Prince's family says an official tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis.

Ken Barrie, voice of Postman Pat, dies at 83

Ken Barrie, who provided the voice of affable animated letter-carrier Postman Pat, has died. He was 83.

Stylist and fashion muse Marta Marzotto dies at 85

Italian stylist and fashion muse Marta Marzotto has died following a brief illness at the age of 85.

Personal computing pioneer, former MIT professor dies at 98

A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science and electrical engineering professor who helped usher in the personal computing age has died. Robert Fano was 98.

Obituary: Saul Charles Smiley designed hospitals across Minnesota

  From Hennepin County Medical Center to the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, the buildings Saul Charles Smiley helped create dot Minnesota. Lisa Smiley-Greenblat recently scanned…

Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global candy empire, dies at 84

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84.

Talk show host, actor Jerry Doyle found dead at Vegas home

Actor and syndicated conservative talk show host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60.

James Alan McPherson, prize-winning author, dead at 72

James Alan McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection "Elbow Room" and a longtime faculty member at the University of Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop, has died.

Founder of Christmas Tree Shops discount retail chain dies

The man who founded the Christmas Tree Shops discount retail chain with a single store on Cape Cod has died. Charles Bilezikian (bihl-uh-ZIHK-ee-un) was 79.

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87

Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of 87.

Obituary: Philip Dacey, 77, was a prolific poet and an inspired teacher

On the first day of his introduction to poetry class, Philip Dacey often had his students shout “POETRY SUCKS!” Over and over again they would…

Land speed racer Sam Wheeler dies at Utah's Salt Flats

Sam Wheeler, a renowned land speed motorcycle racer, is dead after the high-performance bike he was testing at Utah's famed Bonneville Salt Flats fish-tailed, went airborne and crashed at 200 mph. He was 72.

Oklahoma's first black state senator dies at 86

Oklahoma's first black state senator, one of the state's most prominent civil rights leaders, died at his home in Oklahoma City, his daughter said.

Candy magnate Forrest Mars Jr. is dead at 84

His company has 80,000 employees worldwide.

Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator Jack Davis dies

Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.

Sandy Pearlman, produced Clash, Blue Oyster Cult, dead at 72

Sandy Pearlman, a pioneering rock critic who later produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult and worked with The Clash, Patti Smith and other punk artists, has died.

Services set for Nebraska punter killed in Wisconsin crash

Services have been scheduled for Nebraska football player Sam Foltz, who died Saturday in a Wisconsin car accident.