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Li Peng, Chinese premier during Tiananmen crackdown, dies

Jul. 23, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The legacy of former Chinese Premier Li Peng is reflected in modern China itself, where extended and broad-based economic growth is inextricably coupled with authoritarian political controls. Li, who died Monday at 90, warned Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters in May 1989 that "the...

Russian boxer, 28, dies after suffering brain injury in ring

Jul. 23, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Boxer Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday, four days after suffering a brain injury in a fight in Maryland. He was 28. The Russian Boxing Federation said Dadashev suffered a brain swelling in Friday's light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill,...

Boris Johnson's chaotic path to power finally pays off

Jul. 23, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson aspires to be a modern-day Winston Churchill. Critics fear he's a British Donald Trump. Johnson won the contest to lead the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday, and is set to become Britain's prime minister on Wednesday. Like revered World War II leader Churchill, Johnson...

James Harvey _ mayor, congressman, judge _ dies at 97

Jul. 23, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — James Harvey, a former Saginaw mayor, congressman and federal judge, has died. He was 97 years old. The U.S. District Court in Detroit says Harvey died Saturday in Naples, Florida. His first name was Russell, but he was known as James. Harvey was a federal judge in eastern Michigan from 1974...

Former McCook Gazette publisher dies Sunday at age 80

Jul. 23, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Former McCook Gazette publisher Gene O. Morris has died of pneumonia and heart complications. He was 80. Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook says Morris died Sunday at the Kearney Regional Medical Center. The McCook Gazette reports that Morris, who retired from the Gazette in 2008,...

George Hodgman, author of best-seller 'Bettyville,' dies

Jul. 23, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author George Hodgman, whose best-selling memoir "Bettyville" about caring for his ailing mother in rural Missouri won him critical acclaim, has died in his New York apartment. Hodgman died Saturday at the age of 60. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that his cousin, Molly Roarty, says...

Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Jon Thompson dies at age 65

Jul. 23, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Court of Appeals judge has died. State courts spokesman Aaron Nash confirms that Judge Jon W. Thompson died Monday at a hospital but said cause of death was not immediately available. The 65-year-old Thompson was an attorney in private practice in Flagstaff when he was appointed...

In NYC beset by crime, Morgenthau was made-for-TV prosecutor

Jul. 22, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He seemed almost out of central casting — tall and patrician, with a cultivated above-the-fray presence. And in fact, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau inspired some television casting of his own, as the model for the avuncular character of prosecutor Adam...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Kraft, the founder of NASA's mission control, died Monday, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95. Kraft made key decisions on launches as the U.S. was learning how to put a man into space. Astronaut Neil Armstrong once called him "the man...