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Ex-Brooklyn Dodgers catcher, Mets coach Pignatano dies at 92

May. 23, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a big leaguer, Joe Pignatano had a career that was more noteworthy than notable: He played in the last game at Ebbets Field, he homered off three future Hall of Famers and he hit into a triple play with his final swing in the majors. It was out in the bullpen at...

New this week: Dinosaurs, Def Leppard and 'The Responder'

May. 23, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

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 — In the satirical comedy “Emergency,” college seniors Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean...

Creator of 'Star Wars' X-wing and Death Star dies at 90

May. 22, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

Colin Cantwell, the man who designed the spacecraft in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 90. The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Sierra Dall, Cantwell's partner, confirmed that he died at his home in Colorado on Saturday. Cantwell designed the...

Jacksonville State offensive coordinator Calvin Magee dies

May. 20, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jacksonville State offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has died. He was 59. The school said the longtime college football coach died on Friday but didn't release the cause of death. New Jacksonville State coach Rich Rodriguez hired Magee in...

Longtime New Yorker writer, editor Roger Angell dies

May. 20, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Angell, the celebrated baseball writer and reigning man of letters who during an unfaltering 70-plus years helped define The New Yorker’s urbane wit and style through his essays, humor pieces and editing, has died. He was 101. Angell died Friday of heart...

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

May. 20, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease's recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West...

Mississippi doctor and civil rights historian dies, age 68

May. 20, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Gilbert Mason Jr., who grew up in the civil rights movement and became a physician and a Black and civil rights historian, has died at age 68. Mason died Wednesday and funeral arrangements were not yet complete, according to Infinity Funeral Home in Biloxi. ...

US attorneys do not oppose lifting restrictions for Hinckley

May. 20, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

Attorneys for the U.S. government have indicated that they will not oppose a plan to lift all remaining restrictions next month on John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington ruled last...

Vangelis, the Greek 'Chariots of Fire' composer, dies at 79

May. 19, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and...

Rosmarie Trapp, whose family inspired 'Sound of Music,' dies

May. 19, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

Rosmarie Trapp, whose Austrian family the von Trapps was made famous in the musical and beloved movie “The Sound of Music,” has died. She died Friday at the age of 93 at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge announced. Her brother Johannes is president of the...