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Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at 61

Dec. 10, 2019 8:45 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday. Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and...

Rule-breaker Boris Johnson faces toughest test in election

Dec. 10, 2019 8:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson defies political gravity. Britain’s prime minister has failed to deliver on his core promise -- to take the country out of the European Union by Oct. 31. He has repeatedly been caught lying. He has used offensive and racist language, and most voters don’t trust...

Former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov dies at 83

Dec. 10, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The former mayor of Moscow and one of the founders of Russia's ruling United Russia party, Yuri Luzhkov, has died at the age of 83. Russia's Ren TV channel reported Tuesday that Luzhkov died in Munich, Germany, where he was undergoing heart surgery. Luzhkov, a political heavyweight of the...

Kim Woo-choong, founder of Daewoo business group, dies

Dec. 10, 2019 4:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Woo-choong, the disgraced founder of the now-collapsed Daewoo business group whose rise and fall symbolized South Korea’s turbulent rapid economic growth in the 1970s, has died. He was 82. Kim died of pneumonia on Monday night at a hospital in Suwon, just south of...

George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94

Dec. 9, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94. A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Sean Bannon...

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Dec. 9, 2019 5:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement....

Ex-Fed Chair Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession

Dec. 9, 2019 12:49 PM EST

Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office. He was 92. Volcker took charge of the Fed in August 1979, when the U.S. economy was in the grip...

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

Dec. 9, 2019 4:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which...

Big Bird, Ronstadt, Sally Field celebrated at Kennedy Center

Dec. 9, 2019 4:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year's class were conductor Michael Tilson...

‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79

Dec. 8, 2019 10:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his...