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Becky's Cafeteria founder Clayton Sonmore dies at 92

Becky's Cafeteria founder Clayton Sonmore dies at 92

The engineer-turned-restaurateur bought Becky's in 1949 with his wife, Jeanne, and turned it into what AAA called "the most unique cafeteria in the nation" until its closure in 1986.

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

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A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.

David Haugo, family farmer, agriculture advocate dies at 82

March 24

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Celebrities
March 25

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it.
Celebrities
March 25

The Latest: Reynolds, Fisher remembered for wit at memorial

The Latest on a public memorial honoring late actress Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the mother-daughter duo who died one day apart in December. (all times local):
St. Paul
March 23

Obituary: Dr. Gregory Gepner brought humor, kindness to his work

Rebecca Gepner remembers not paying much attention to the handsome boy in her German class. She’d just had her heart broken, and had decided to…
TV & Media
March 23

Don Carter, a newsman for 5 decades, dies in Georgia at 99

Don E. Carter, a newspaper reporter, editor and executive whose career began before World War II and spanned nearly five decades, has died at age 99.
Nation
March 23

Cardinal Keeler, who led Baltimore archdiocese, has died

Cardinal William Keeler, who helped ease tensions between Catholics and Jews and headed the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 18 years, died Thursday. He was 86.
Music
March 23

Ex-Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies during set on classic-rock cruise

Sib Hashian, the original drummer for the rock group Boston, has died. He was 67.
Music
March 23

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at age 67 on cruise

John "Sib" Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67.
Celebrities
March 23

Debbie Reynolds' son says she prepared him for her death

Todd Fisher says his mother, Debbie Reynolds, set him up "for her leaving the planet" the day his sister and Reynolds' daughter, Carrie Fisher, died in December.
Business
March 22

Correction: Endangered Seal Death-Aquaculture story

In a story March 17, about an endangered Hawaiian Monk seal dying in a fish farm pen, The Associated Press reported erroneously a funding source for the farm. The farm, Blue Ocean Mariculture, has not received federal funding. The NOAA research funding was granted to the previous owners of the facility, under the name Kona Blue Water Farms.
National
March 22

Breslin celebrated for bringing 'honor' to his press pass

Generations of New York journalists and political leaders joined Jimmy Breslin's family Wednesday in celebrating the life of the pugnacious Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who championed the downtrodden and battled corrupt public officials for more than five decades.
Celebrities
March 22

'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87.
Minneapolis
March 21

St. Mark's pastor Doug Fontaine, who championed civil rights, dies at 86

The Rev. H. Douglas Fontaine believed a newspaper was a vital ingredient in a good sermon. The towering, charismatic dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral —…
World
March 21

Martin McGuinness, Irish revolutionary turned statesmen, dies at 66

DUBLIN – Martin McGuinness took up arms to fight British soldiers in the streets but ended up shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth. A militant…
Books
March 21
FILE - This is a Oct. 27, 2000 file photo of British author Colin De...

Colin Dexter, creator of curmudgeonly Inspector Morse, dies at 86

Colin Dexter, the unassuming British writer who created curmudgeonly, music-loving Oxford detective Inspector Morse, has died aged 86.
St. Paul
March 20

Obituary: Lee Smith, owned Lee and Dee's Barbecue in St. Paul

He was “Bubba” to family and “Mr. Lee” to others, but to legions of barbecue-loving diners in St. Paul, Lee Claudie Smith was the man…
Nation
March 20

Michigan man dies, day after event to celebrate his life

A Michigan lawyer and Republican activist has died, a day after hundreds of people responded to his published invitation to attend an open house to celebrate his life.
Business
March 20

Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101

David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving.
Business
March 20

The Latest: Clintons say Rockefeller used fortune for good

The Latest on the death of billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller (all times local):
Variety
March 20

Robert Silvers, edited New York Review of Books, dead at 87

Robert B. Silvers, the exacting and perpetual editor of The New York Review of Books who responded to private groaning over the state of criticism and helped create a literary magazine of lasting influence, died Monday at age 87.
Variety
March 19
Jimmy Breslin in New York in 1970. Breslin, the New York City newspape...

Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies

Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's grave-digger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear.