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Utah climber dies after climbing up Everest in 7 summit bid

May. 23, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A Utah climber with a long-held dream to climb the highest mountains on the planet's seven continents died on top of Mount Everest after reaching his final summit, one of his daughters said. Don Cash, 55, died "at the peak of Mt. Everest accomplishing his dream of summiting the 7...

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

May. 23, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Judith Kerr, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95. HarperCollins chief executive Charlie Redmayne announced her death Thursday. The publisher said she died at her home on...

Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland

May. 23, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali. Graceland officials say the 80,000-square-foot...

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S. border. It was...

Jake Black, of Alabama 3 and 'Sopranos' theme fame, dies

May. 22, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened "The Sopranos" and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced Black's death Tuesday on Facebook and says it is "heartbroken." His age and the cause of death were not available. The group wrote that Black, who...

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

May. 22, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Africa's best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. The Kenyan author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The...

Spanish economist, science TV show host Punset dies at 82

May. 22, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Eduard Punset, a Spanish writer, economist and lawyer known for his popular science shows on Spanish television, has died at age 82. Punset passed away in Barcelona following a lengthy illness, relatives said in a Twitter post that included video highlights from a public broadcaster's science...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...

The Latest: Hamilton says Lauda 'bright light in my life'

May. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Niki Lauda's death (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said Niki Lauda was a "bright light in my life" and that he is "struggling to believe you are gone." Hamilton drives for Mercedes, where Lauda served in recent years as the non-executive...

F1 great and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70

May. 21, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Formula One great Niki Lauda, who won two of his world titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. Lauda's family issued a statement saying the three-time world champion "passed away...