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New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

Weekend memorial events set for singer-musician Dr. John

Jun. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Weekend memorial services have been scheduled in New Orleans for singer and musician Malcom "Mac" Rebennack Jr., better known by his Voodoo-inspired stage name, Dr. John. Rebennack, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, died June 6 at age 77. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage...

Firefighter who died during training exercise identified

Jun. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — A firefighter who died during a training exercise in Alabama has been identified. News outlets report 35-year-old Jared Wayne Echols died Monday in Anniston. Springville Fire Chief Richard Harvey says Echols was a volunteer firefighter who was working to become certified for full-time...

Italian woman who was Europe's oldest person has died at 116

Jun. 18, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died. The Italian news agency ANSA said Giuseppina Robucci died Tuesday in the southern Italian town of Poggio Imperiale, where she was born on March 20, 1903. She lived 116...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Racehorse takes lead, dies at Laurel Park; Maryland's 12th

Jun. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was unharmed....

'Greening of America' author Charles Reich dead at 91

Jun. 17, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Reich, the author and Ivy League academic whose "The Greening of America" blessed the counterculture of the 1960s and became a million-selling manifesto for a new and euphoric way of life, has died. Reich's nephew Daniel Reich said he died Saturday after being briefly hospitalized....

Native American activist Frank LaMere dies at age 69

Jun. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Frank LaMere, a Native American activist who fought for a variety of causes and crusaded to close beer stores near a dry South Dakota Indian reservation, has died. He was 69. LaMere's daughter, Jennifer LaMere, said her father died Sunday at an Omaha hospital. LaMere, who was a Winnebago...

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

Jun. 17, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of...

Alan Brinkley, scholar of liberalism, dead at 70

Jun. 17, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Daughter Elly Brinkley says he died of...