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Noel Robinson, University of Minnesota voice instructor, bicyclist, 'vagabond,' dies at 85

Noel Robinson

Duncan Hannah, Minneapolis kid turned international artist, dies at 69

Duncan Hannah, Minneapolis kid turned international artist, dies at 69

His memoir, "Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies," paints New York through his eyes as he rubbed shoulders with David Bowie, Andy Warhol and others.


Correction: Obit-Louise Fletcher story

In a story published September 23, 2022, about the death of actor Louise Fletcher, The Associated Press erroneously reported her alma mater. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, not North Carolina State University.


In Lebanon, boat tragedy kills 94 but others plan to migrate

Thousands of Palestinians held prayers on a small soccer field in a refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Saturday, to mourn one of the scores of migrants who died after their boat sank off Syria's coast this week, even as others vowed to undertake the same perilous voyage.


Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

The tattoos on Billie Stafford's hands — inspired by street art and full of references to her work helping prevent drug-related deaths — have become an indelible memorial to the friend who inked them and the opioid crisis that killed him in April.


Hilary Mantel, author of 'Wolf Hall' Tudor saga, dies at 70

Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author who turned Tudor power politics into page-turning fiction in the acclaimed "Wolf Hall" trilogy of historical novels, has died, her publisher said Friday. She was 70.


Antony Blinken's father, former diplomat and banker, dies

Secretary of State Antony Blinken's father, Donald, a former U.S. diplomat, investment banker and modern art collector, died on Thursday. He was 96.


Montana voters to decide on 'born alive' abortion bill

A referendum on the Montana ballot in November raises the prospect of criminal charges for health care providers unless they take "all medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve the life" of an infant born alive, including after an attempted abortion.


'Larger than life' Stillwater chef and pirate Shawn Smalley dies at 45

Beloved Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar chef remembered as loyal and generous.


Wednesday was 'final patrol' for Anoka police officer who died unexpectedly

Eric Groebner had worked for the Anoka Police Department for the past nine years.


DIARY: Queen's death reveals fragmented views about monarchy

The silence was palpable when the imperial state crown was removed from the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II and placed on the altar of St. George's Chapel — the first time in 70 years the dazzling symbol of Britain's monarchy was separated from the sovereign.


Wills, base-stealing shortstop for Dodgers, dies at 89

Maury Wills, who intimidated pitchers with his base-stealing prowess as a shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers on three World Series championship teams, has died. He was 89.


With ceremonies over, King Charles III faces biggest task

The cannons have sounded, the bells have rung and the mourners have paid their respects.


Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral

The United Kingdom and the world bade farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a state funeral that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers — and crowds in the streets of London and at Windsor Castle — to honor a monarch whose 70-year reign defined an age.


Lucille Babineaux, late Louisiana governor's mom, dies

Lucille Fremin Babineaux, matriarch of a large family that included Louisiana's first female governor, died Monday, two weeks before what would have been her 103rd birthday.


Harry Burke, among the 'Chosin Few' of the Korean War, dies at 93

Burke was a member of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division that secured an escape route from the Chosin Reservoir.


Valery Polyakov, took longest single trip to space, dies

Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for the longest single stay in space, has died at age 80, Russia's space agency announced Monday.


They ended wanted pregnancies. Post-Roe, they face new pain.

Ashley Lefebvre hugs her unborn daughter's urn each night. Sarah Halsey treasures the tiny hat worn by her baby who lived just 38 minutes. Abi Frazier moved away from her home with a furnished nursery.


Henry Silva, known for many tough-guy roles, dies at 95

Henry Silva, a prolific character actor best known for playing villains and tough guys in "The Manchurian Candidate," "Ocean's Eleven" and other films, has died at age 95.