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Coal magnate Robert Murray dead at 80, days after retiring

Oct. 26, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Coal magnate Robert Murray died at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement as board chairman of a major U.S. coal operator. Michael Shaheen, an attorney who had recently been representing Murray, confirmed the Sunday morning death of the 80-year-old in...

FILE - In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

Oct. 25, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics but whose leadership was also marred by corruption convictions, died on Sunday. He was 78. Lee died with his family members by his side,...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 1977 file photo, Screenwriter William Blinn, left, Ed Asner, center, and David Greene pose with their Emmy statuettes at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song”, “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)

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

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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. Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, his...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

Two-sport standout Tom Yewcic dies at age 88

Oct. 24, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Tom Yewcic, a multisport standout who played one game at catcher for the Detroit Tigers before spending several years as a punter with the Boston Patriots, has died. He was 88. An obituary posted on the website of Keefe Funeral Home in Massachusetts said Yewcic died Tuesday. Yewcic...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2005 file photo shows Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker at a campaign fundraiser at Willie Nelson's ranch outside Austin, Texas.  The Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,

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

Oct. 24, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

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 cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. “He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,”...

FILE - This Nov. 17, 1982 photo shows Minnesota Vikings Matt Blair.  Blair, one of the great linebackers in Minnesota Vikings history and a six-time Pro Bowler who played in two Super Bowls, has died. He was 70 years old.  Blair, who had been suffering from dementia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 after an extended period in hospice care, according to the Star Tribune.  (Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via AP)

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

Oct. 23, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Blair, one of the great linebackers in Minnesota Vikings history and a six-time Pro Bowler who played in two Super Bowls, has died. He was 70 years old. His death was announced by the team. Blair, who had been suffering from dementia, died Thursday after an extended period in...

This Feb. 24, 2020, photo provided by Alison Reeder shows Murphy Davis, in Baltimore. Davis, a determined advocate for homeless people and death row inmates in Georgia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. (Alison Reeder via AP)

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

Oct. 22, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — 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. Davis had been in hospice care in Baltimore, where she and her husband, Eduard Loring, lived after leaving Atlanta a few years earlier....

FILE  - In this Dec. 8, 1969, file photo, from left, New York Jets' Joe Namath, Bill Mathis, Pete Lammons and Emerson Boozer model Cardin Resort clothes during a New York City taping of the Joe Namath TV show. Bill Mathis, a versatile running back and an original member of the Jets franchise, has died. He was 81.
The team announced Mathis' death Tuesday,  on Wednesday night, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)

Bill Mathis, original member of Jets franchise, dies at 81

Oct. 22, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Mathis, a versatile running back and an original member of the New York Jets franchise, has died. He was 81. The team announced Mathis' death Tuesday on Wednesday night. There was no cause of death given, but the team said Mathis had long been dealing with several health issues. Mathis...

This combination of photos obtained by WikiLeaks shows 16 of the 18 Yemeni prisoners who were detained in Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade and were transferred years ago by the United States to the UAE with promises that they would be integrated into society. Instead, the UAE held the men in indefinite detention, according to families and lawyers. Most recently, UAE is allegedly forcing the men to return to Yemen, a country torn among rival factions, each running networks of secret prisons. (WikiLeaks via AP)

Sent from Gitmo to UAE, detainees fear final stop: Yemen

Oct. 22, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

The Guantanamo detainees were promised they were being sent to a Muslim country for rehabilitation that would help integrate them into society, opening the way to jobs, money, and marriage, according to their lawyers and families. It was a lie. Instead, the detainees — 18 Yemenis and one Russian, swept up...