Catholic educator Patricia DeMoully dies in St. Paul

Not even 5 feet tall, DeMoully is remembered as a giant in the schools where she taught and served as a principal for nearly five decades.

Harris Wofford, activist who served in Senate, dies at 92

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, a civil rights activist who staged an upset Senate win in 1991, has died. He was 92.

Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87.

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January 20
FILE - In an Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Antonio "Tony" Mendez, former CIA technical operations officer, poses for photographers at the premiere of the

Former CIA officer portrayed in 'Argo' film dead at 78

A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film "Argo," has died. He was 78.
January 20
The A Line bus is a local example of a successful Bus Rapid Transit route.

Metro Transit passes on bus-only lane on Hennepin Avenue for now

Metro Transit ran a three-day pilot last spring to see if lanes dedicated exclusively to buses would speed up rush-hour trips along traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue…
January 20

Sociologist and intellectual, Nathan Glazer, dead at 95

Nathan Glazer, a prominent sociologist and public intellectual who assisted on a classic study of conformity, "The Lonely Crowd," and co-authored a groundbreaking document of non-conformity, "Beyond the Melting Pot," has died at 95.
January 19
Tony Mendez in 2012. A 25-year CIA veteran, Mendez, who died Friday, was a forgery artist and master of disguise.

Tony Mendez, CIA master of disguise who was the real "Argo" spy, dies

Portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film, Mendez was a 25-year veteran of the spy agency who was in the business of geopolitical theater.
January 19

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.
January 19

Suspended pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33.U.S. Figure Skating released…
TV & Media
January 19

Frances R. Mears, longtime AP reporter and manager, dies

Frances R. Mears, an Associated Press reporter, editor and bureau chief during a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66.
January 18
Mary Oliver in 2012, photo by Mariana Cook.

Correction: Obit-Mary Oliver story

In a story Jan. 17 about the death of poet Mary Oliver, The Associated Press erroneously quoted one word in her poem, "When Death Comes." The last line should read "this world," not "the world."
January 18

Michigan man known for farm's pit-spitting event dies at 88

An agricultural tourism pioneer who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition that drew international competitors and attention to southwest Michigan has died at the age of 88.
St. Paul
January 17

George Rafferty, architect renowned for modernist church designs, dies at 101

George Rafferty re-imagined religious architecture in the wake of World War II — from imposing, awe-inspiring churches to welcoming places that fostered a sense of…
January 17
John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and advocate of low-fee investing, died Wednesday at age 89. File photo of Bogle during an interview with Th

John Bogle dies at 89; fought for lower fees for investors

When he lost his job running a mutual fund company after stocks tanked in the early 70's, John C. Bogle decided that money managers knew very little about predicting the market — and charged way too much for that lack of knowledge.
January 16

John Bogle, founder of Vanguard, dies at 89

John C. Bogle, who simplified investing for the masses by launching the first index mutual fund and founded Vanguard Group, died Wednesday, the company said. He was 89.
January 16

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.
January 15

Businessman and philanthropist Raymond Perelman dies at 101

Raymond Perelman, a businessman who built a fortune buying and selling factories and became one of the Philadelphia region's greatest philanthropists, has died. He was 101.
January 15
FILE - This June 19, 1978 file photo shows actress Carol Channing in New York. Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television ha

Effervescent 'Hello, Dolly!' icon Carol Channing mourned

Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and beyond. She died Tuesday at 97.
January 15

Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman dies at 94 in New Mexico

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico at age 94.
January 15

Alabama priest who sledgehammered abortion clinic dies at 79

A Catholic priest who served prison time for vandalizing abortion clinics in Alabama has died at 79.
January 14

Jimmy McGregor, who shined shoes and souls at the Minneapolis Athletic Club, dies at 81

With a big smile and a warm greeting — his gift of gab helped — Jimmy Edward McGregor welcomed patrons and everybody who passed through…
January 14

Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert

The late Aretha Franklin's songs were so impactful that some of music's bests from Alicia Keys to Celine Dion took the stage Sunday to relive the Queen of Soul's biggest hits in a taped tribute concert.
January 13

Filmmaker Jo Andres, wife of actor Steve Buscemi, dies at 64

Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to actor Steve Buscemi, has died. She was 64.Andres was married to Buscemi for more than three decades.…