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Funeral services start for Massachusetts firefighter

Nov. 18, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Mourners have filled a Massachusetts church for the funeral of a fire lieutenant who died after saving two colleagues. Funeral services for Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard started Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester. They will be followed by a private burial...

Cremated remains of 20 babies found at mortuary buried

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The cremated remains of more than 20 babies that were found on mortuary shelves in Roseburg, Oregon will be buried Sunday a special ceremony. The remains were discovered by a woman who was searching for the unclaimed remains of veterans who had not received funerals. A funeral for the...

Funeral programs connecting African-American families

Nov. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EST

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Volunteers across the state are combing through a large collection of old African American funeral programs to help families connect with distant relatives of the past. "It amazes me how many of these (funeral) programs include the mother's maiden name, places they've lived and...

Friends, family mourn gymnast who died after accident

Nov. 16, 2019 4:46 PM EST

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Friends and family have gathered to mourn the death of a college gymnast from Connecticut who died after a training accident. The Connecticut Post reports that more than 200 people attended a private funeral service for Melanie Coleman on Saturday at St. Mary Church in Milford. Crowds...

Remains of long-missing soldier coming home to Mississippi

Nov. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi family will hold a funeral next month for a soldier who died during the Korean War. The remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant were identified in September. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported a funeral is set for Dec. 13 in Avant’s hometown of Greenwood....

Michigan woman sues over priest who criticized son's death

Nov. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a Michigan teenager who killed himself is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit for the alleged harm she suffered during his funeral when a priest questioned whether her son would go to heaven. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County on behalf of the teen’s mother, Linda...

Funeral arrangements set for Connecticut gymnast

Nov. 14, 2019 5:19 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Funeral arrangements for the collegiate gymnast from Connecticut who died after suffering an injury during a training accident have been set. The service for 20-year-old Melanie Coleman will be held at St. Mary Church in Milford on Saturday. The Southern Connecticut State University...

Calling hours, funeral Mass scheduled for fallen firefighter

Nov. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts fire lieutenant who died looking for a baby possibly trapped inside a burning home will be laid to rest next week. The city of Worcester announced Thursday that calling hours for Lt. Jason Menard are scheduled for Sunday at the Mercadante Funeral Home. A funeral Mass...

Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Nov. 14, 2019 4:12 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway...

Police chief says 'hearts are broken' over slain detective

Nov. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says hearts are broken over the death of a detective shot while serving a drug-related warrant. Dayton Chief Richard Biehl called Det. Jorge Del Rio a "noble, selfless public servant" during funeral services Tuesday for the 30-year police veteran at the University...