Lee Kopp was 86.

Lee Kopp, Edina investment executive and philanthropist, dies at 86

Considering himself a son of the working class, he eschewed a flashy lifestyle and the trappings of wealth.

Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and lived a cowboy life before becoming the 26th U.S. president, the library's foundation announced Tuesday.

Daniel Menaker, award-winning author and editor, dead at 79

Daniel Menaker, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction and a longtime editor at The New Yorker and Random House who worked with Alice Munro, Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann and many others, has died at age 79.

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Screenwriter William Blinn, left, Ed Asner and David Greene with their Emmy statuettes at the 1977 Primetime Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles.

'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects "Brian's Song" and "Roots" and the Prince film "Purple Rain," has died. He was 83.
October 26

Longtime federal appeals court Judge Juan Torruella dies

Judge Juan Torruella, the first Puerto Rican to sit on a U.S. federal appeals court, died Monday at the age of 87, the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.
October 26

Remembering his friends, Springsteen pens 'Letter to You'

Last year as Bruce Springsteen reflected on the death of his friend and teenage bandmate George Theiss, who died in 2018, he grabbed his guitar and pen and began writing a song about being the sole living member of his first band.
October 26

Coal magnate Robert Murray dies; he long fought regulators

Robert Murray, the board chairman of the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator, who long fought federal regulations to reduce black lung disease, died at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement, a lawyer said.
October 24
Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of…
October 23
Ex-Minnesota Vikings linebacker Matt Blair, pictured at his home in 2015, died Thursday at age 70.

Former Vikings great Matt Blair dies at age 70, likely linked to CTE

Including playoffs and two Super Bowls, Blair played 173 games. Only Scott Studwell and Roy Winston played more games at linebacker in Vikings history.
October 22

Activist for Georgia's homeless and death-row inmates dies

Murphy Davis, a determined advocate for death row inmates and homeless people in Georgia, died on Thursday of complications related to cancer. She was 72.
October 22

'Call them out': In Maine, Gideon asks voters to punish GOP

The last time Democrat Sara Gideon ran for office, she trounced her Republican challenger and spent a measly $4,299.99 doing it.
October 21
The Amazing Randi in "An Honest Liar"

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country's foremost…
October 21
Kenneth Meisel

Kenneth Meisel, federal air marshal and rancher, dies of COVID-19 at 55

  Ever since he was 18 years old, Kenneth Meisel was driven to protect and serve. First he was a U.S. Army paratrooper, then a…
October 21

Retired AP investigative reporter Pete Yost dies at age 73

Pete Yost, a retired Associated Press investigative reporter with a fierce, determined style of interviewing that contrasted with his low-key, modest personality, died Tuesday night at the age of 73.
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October 20

Dan Knuth, Minnesota lawmaker who shaped environmental policies, dies at 75

In his six years serving in the Minnesota Legislature, Dan Knuth's expertise in hydrology and environmental issues proved to be the right background for the…
October 20

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel "Sasha" Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
October 19

Robert Redford's son, James, dies of liver cancer at 58

James Redford, a filmmaker, activist and son of actor Robert Redford, has died. He was 58.
October 19

Priest and abstract-expressionist painter Bill Moore dies

Father Bill Moore, a Catholic priest and prominent abstract expressionist who spent decades spreading spiritualism through his paintings, has died at age 71.
October 19

Woman found alive at funeral home dies at Detroit hospital

A 20-year-old suburban Detroit woman who was declared dead only to be found alive at a funeral home in August has died, the attorney representing her family said Monday.
October 19

New this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish, Borat & 'Bad Hair'

Here's a collection curated by The Associated Press' entertainment journalists of what's arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.MOVIES— You have to…
October 18

Former Democratic power broker James A. Johnson dies at 76

James A. Johnson, a former Democratic campaign operative who was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s and served as chairman of Walter Mondale's presidential bid, died Sunday at his home in Washington. He was 76.