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Maggie Peterson, famous for 'The 'Andy Griffith Show,' dies

May. 16, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

Maggie Peterson, whose character on “The Andy Griffith Show” developed a memorable infatuation with Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor, has died, her family said Monday. She was 81. A post to her Facebook page said Peterson died in her sleep on Sunday with her family present. According...

Naomi Judd celebrated at 'River of Time' memorial service

May. 15, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd was celebrated with words and soaring music at a public memorial service Sunday that ended with her daughter Wynonna announcing that a tour planned for later this year would go on. “Tonight is a celebration, and at the same time I can't put...

Geena Davis memoir 'Dying of Politeness' comes out in fall

May. 10, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Geena Davis has a memoir coming out this fall, titled “Dying of Politeness,” and described by the actor as her “journey to badassery.” HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Tuesday that the book will be published Oct. 11....

Former NBA, Michigan State star Adreian Payne shot, killed

May. 10, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State basketball standout and NBA player, has died in a shooting. He was 31. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting at 1:34 a.m. Monday when Payne was identified and taken to a hospital where...

Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose Texas club helped inspire the film 'Urban Cowboy,' dies at age 86

May. 07, 2022 17:35 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose Texas club helped inspire the film 'Urban Cowboy,' dies at age 86.

McConnell, Utah leaders honor 'larger than life' Orrin Hatch

May. 06, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to the late Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday, celebrating the Utah icon as a principled conservative, committed public servant and man of faith. Two weeks after Hatch died at age 88 from complications stemming from...

Photographer Ron Galella, sued by Jackie Onassis, dead at 91

May. 03, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Galella, the photographer known for his visceral celebrity shots and his dogged pursuit of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who sued him and won a restraining order, has died at age 91. Galella died Saturday at his home in Montville, N.J., said Geoffrey Croft, a...

JMU cancels rest of softball season after player's suicide

May. 02, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the suicide of one of its star players last week. Lauren Bernett, a sophomore catcher and cleanup hitter for the Dukes, died April 25 following a stellar...

The Judds, Ray Charles join the Country Music Hall of Fame

May. 02, 2022 00:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ray Charles and The Judds joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony filled with tears, music and laughter, just a day after Naomi Judd died unexpectedly. The loss of Naomi Judd altered the normally celebratory ceremony, but the music...

ESSAY: For a gay country boy, Naomi Judd did build a bridge

May. 01, 2022 00:46 AM EDT

Somewhere in Michigan in the early 1990s, a teenage farm boy clings to a chain-link fence at the edge of the county fairgrounds. He is angling for a distant, and free, glimpse of Naomi and Wynonna Judd. They step into view briefly, gliding on high heels to the edge of the grandstand...