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Big Bird, Ronstadt, Sally Field celebrated at Kennedy Center

Dec. 8, 2019 10:41 PM 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...

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

Dec. 8, 2019 6:52 PM 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...

Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies

Dec. 8, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying troops of...

Former Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott dies at 94

Dec. 8, 2019 12:58 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former University of Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott has died, the university announced. He was 94. Elliott died Saturday, according to a statement from his family that the university released on Sunday. The statement did not include a cause of death. Elliott was a star halfback...

Former Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell dies at age 98

Dec. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa congressman and businessman Berkley Bedell has died at age 98. Bedell's son, Tom Bedell, said in a post on Facebook that his father died Saturday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Berkley Bedell represented northwest Iowa's 6th District in the U.S. House of...

Welcome to Tommytown, a rural Florida community with heart

Dec. 8, 2019 3:10 AM EST

TOMMYTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The younger girls squirmed in their assigned spots, giggling as two older girls stood facing them, one wringing her hands, the other adjusting the floor-length, pink skirt draped over her jeans. “Hi, I’m Daniela,” one of the older girls said, a nervous tinge in...

Longtime WFSB-TV news anchor dies suddenly

Dec. 7, 2019 10:51 PM EST

Longtime and award-winning WFSB-TV news anchor, Denise D'Ascenzo, died suddenly at her home Saturday night, according to the television station. She was 61. “The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable," the station wrote on its website. “We are devastated for her husband and daughter who were...

Co-inventor of New Orleans 'hand grenade' cocktail dies

Dec. 7, 2019 9:07 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The co-founder of a chain of bars in New Orleans' French Quarter who helped create an iconic cocktail known as the “hand grenade” has died. Earl Bernhardt died Thursday at the age of 80 from natural causes, Bernhardt's business partner Pam Fortner said in a statement,...

Woman who lost foot to cancer helps others feel whole again

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) — There was a time — not too long ago, in fact — when the mere thought of an amputee or a prosthetic limb would sink Jenn Andrews into a depression that might take days to dig herself out of. She couldn’t identify. Didn’t want to identify. If she tried to...