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FILE - In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

Oct. 25, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics but whose leadership was also marred by corruption convictions, died on Sunday. He was 78. Lee died with his family members by his side,...

David Karnes, Omaha civic leader, briefly U.S. senator, dies

Oct. 25, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — David Karnes, an Omaha civic leader who was briefly a U.S. senator, has died at the age of 71. Karnes died Sunday of cancer in Boston, where he was undergoing a clinical trial, The Omaha World-Herald reported. In March 1987, then-Gov. Kay Orr shocked Nebraska Republicans by appointing...

Former longtime New Mexico lawmaker Nick Salazar dies at 91

Oct. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico state Rep. Nick Salazar, who served in the Legislature for 46 years until his retirement in 2018, has died. He was 91. State officials said Salazar died late Friday. No cause of death was immediately available. But when Salazar announced his intention to retire, he...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 1977 file photo, Screenwriter William Blinn, left, Ed Asner, center, and David Greene pose with their Emmy statuettes at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song”, “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)

'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83. Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, his...

Carlinville city council to choose acting mayor

Oct. 25, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Carlinville officials will choose an acting leader this week after the central Illinois city's mayor died this month. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported that the city's council is set to choose an acting mayor from among its eight members on Thursday. City...

American Legion Auxiliary member Pat Washburn, at left, and Marine Corps League and American Legion member Ron Brooks are among a group of volunteers planting 22 crosses in front of the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell Township, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The effort was part of a 30 day project to represent the approximately 22 deaths by suicide of American veterans nationally each day, as estimated by the Veterans Administration, according to Veterans Service officer Jon Luker. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)

660 crosses going up at an American Legion post near Howell

Oct. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — When U.S. Army veteran Jon Luker returned from serving in the Panama Canal Zone during the Vietnam War era he struggled with his mental health. “I was just walking around confused and not motivated to get involved in anything, but I didn’t understand the source of my...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

Two-sport standout Tom Yewcic dies at age 88

Oct. 24, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Tom Yewcic, a multisport standout who played one game at catcher for the Detroit Tigers before spending several years as a punter with the Boston Patriots, has died. He was 88. An obituary posted on the website of Keefe Funeral Home in Massachusetts said Yewcic died Tuesday. Yewcic...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2005 file photo shows Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker at a campaign fundraiser at Willie Nelson's ranch outside Austin, Texas.  The Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

Oct. 24, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. “He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,”...

Texas fire chief in photos eating sushi put on naked woman

Oct. 23, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officials in San Antonio said they are reviewing the actions of the city’s fire chief after photos were made public in which he was eating sushi displayed on a mostly nude woman at a firefighter’s birthday party this year. The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that...