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Gathering to celebrate the mom not talked about for 50 years

Aug. 18, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Her children talk about the pelicans, how they glided overhead as the singer finished the song. "Remember me" — the last lyric — faded with the evening sun on a Hilton Head Island beach. The birds' flight seemed preordained, part of the day's events. Margie...

Slain code officer remembered as feisty, fun-loving mother

Aug. 17, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — The four adult children of a West Valley City municipal code enforcement officer fatally shot while on the job remembered their mother as a funny, feisty and loving woman during a funeral Friday. Jill Robinson's children cried and hugged as they spoke during a public funeral...

Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

Aug. 17, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends. Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the...

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

Aug. 17, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of...

The Latest: Italy buries its Genoa dead as emotions surge

Aug. 17, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on this week's bridge collapse in Italy's Genoa (all times local): 10:20 p.m. With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a...

Remains of Fort Wayne sailor at Pearl Harbor identified

Aug. 17, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say the remains of a U.S. Navy sailor from Fort Wayne who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified and will be buried Tuesday in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday...

Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

Aug. 17, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-decked gun...

Kansas family dedicates Peru memorial to daughter

Aug. 17, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly three months after returning from a mission trip in Nepal, Lexi Darrah died on Jan. 4, 2018. She was 21. Her family is honoring her memory by carrying on Lexi's gift of helping others. Lexi was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 2 years old, meaning she was...

2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

Aug. 16, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On Tuesday, the...

Italy lowers confirmed death toll to 38 in Genoa collapse

Aug. 16, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — The death toll from the collapse of a highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa that is already confirmed to have claimed at least 38 lives will certainly rise, a senior official said Thursday. "Unfortunately, the toll will increase, that's inevitable" as rescuers continued to search...