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Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89

Oct. 14, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he...

Richard Jackson, publisher of Judy Blume, dead at 84

Oct. 14, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of acclaimed children's books by Judy Blume, Paula Fox and others has died. Richard Jackson was 84. Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing announced Monday that Jackson died Oct. 2. Additional details were not immediately available. Jackson was editorial director of...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

The Latest: Famous figures pay tribute to Jessye Norman

Oct. 12, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local): _____ 5 p.m. Famous faces, family members and close friends have honored the life and legacy of international opera icon Jessye Norman at her funeral. Norman's four-hour public service was...

First female head of Nobel's literature award body has died

Oct. 12, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Swedish institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at age 57. Her family told Swedish news agency TT that Danius, a literary scholar, critic and author, passed away early Saturday following a long illness. Swedish media said she...

Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78

Oct. 12, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in "Jackie Brown," died Friday. He was 78. Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness. He was at...

Late opera star Jessye Norman's US hometown honors her life

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days of...

The Latest: Opera star's hometown names street after her

Oct. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on ceremonies honoring renowned opera star Jessye Norman (All times local): 6 p.m. Jessye Norman's U.S. hometown has named a street for the late opera star. Students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia, unveiled the sign honoring the soprano Friday....

More fetal remains found as probe of late doctor continues

Oct. 11, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The discovery of more than 2,400 sets of fetal remains in the Illinois garage and a car owned by a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana for decades has left authorities in the two states trying to figure out what happened, if any laws were broken, and why he held onto the...

Alexei Leonov, 1st human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

Oct. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85. The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave...