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'Star Trek' writer, story editor DC Fontana dead at age 80

Dec. 4, 2019 5:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — D.C. Fontana, a writer and story editor for the original “Star Trek” television series and later a contributor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation" and other related projects, has died at age 80. Fran Evans, a family friend, told The Associated Press that she died...

High school football star dies in shooting; brother charged

Dec. 4, 2019 9:12 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A star Philadelphia high school football player was shot and killed when a gun his twin brother was handling somehow went off, authorities said. Eighteen-year-old Suhail Gillard was shot once in the chest around 5:20 p.m. Sunday while the brothers were in a city apartment, police said....

Townshend regrets not staying to mourn after Who stampede

Dec. 4, 2019 6:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Forty years after a stampede left 11 people dead and 23 injured at a Who concert in Cincinnati, Pete Townshend says he’s always regretted not sticking around to deal with the aftermath. Instead, the band left the Riverfront Coliseum on December 3, 1979, and moved on to Buffalo, New...

Children of Casey Kasem settle lawsuit with widow over death

Dec. 3, 2019 6:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members of radio personality Casey Kasem have settled dueling lawsuits alleging that the longtime “American Top 40" host was badly mistreated before his death in 2014. The two sides filed a joint request Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss a wrongful death...

Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras

Dec. 1, 2019 1:53 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where...

Director, Beyond the Fringe star Jonathan Miller dies at 85

Nov. 27, 2019 9:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Jonathan Miller, the polymath British stage director, filmmaker and comedian who co-created groundbreaking comedy revue “Beyond the Fringe,” has died at the age of 85. Miller’s family said Wednesday that he “died this morning peacefully at home with his family...

Reward increases in Florida hit-and-run crash death

Nov. 27, 2019 9:14 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The reward has increased for information to help solve the case of a hit-and-run crash that killed a man in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the victim’s celebrity cousin has spoken out about his death. Broward Crime Stoppers said Tuesday the reward is now $6,000. The Sun...

Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side

Nov. 27, 2019 9:04 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who helped transform the stodgy reputation of British food, has died aged 59 with his wife Jennie by his side, his family said Wednesday. Rhodes’ family said in a statement that he died Tuesday, but did not elaborate on the cause of...

Singer Goo Hara’s death shines light on dark side of K-pop

Nov. 27, 2019 5:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The death of South Korean singer and actress Goo Hara, whose body was found at her home in Seoul this week, has again shone a spotlight on pressures that stars, especially females, face in the cutthroat K-pop industry and in deeply conservative South Korean society. Goo’s...

Diahann Carroll’s legacy as a trailblazer remembered

Nov. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the poignant memorial service for Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress was remembered for all the things that made her famous — her glamour, her sublime talent, her beauty and her elegance. But with each luminary and loved one who remembered her, what was also underscored...