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This undated photo provided by Robert Hayes McNeill shows Christian Garrison, a filmmaker and author of children's books and crime novels who died Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 78 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Robert Hayes McNeill via AP)

Christian Garrison, author, filmmaker, dies in NC at age 78

Jul. 3, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Christian Garrison, an author and filmmaker who displayed an unfiltered slice of 1960s Mississippi hill country life in a short film about influential blues guitarist Fred McDowell, has died. He was 78. Garrison's sister, Gail McNeill, said her brother died Thursday at his home...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Indian choreographer Saroj Khan is presented a special award during the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Mumbai, India.  Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital early Friday, July 3, 2020, her family said. She was 71. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Top Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 71

Jul. 3, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital early Friday, her family said. She was 71. The three-time National Award winner was hospitalized last Saturday after she complained of breathlessness. She tested negative for COVID-19, the Press Trust of...

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2012 file photo shows Hugh Downs at the

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Jul. 2, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his...

In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, provided by Andréa de Sousa, her daughter Vitoria Gabrielle looks up while leaning against a wall, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The girl with a constant smile celebrated her first birthday in February, but after recovering from viral meningitis, Vitoria Gabrielle suffered gastrointestinal problems that sent her from her mother's barely furnished hilltop home back to the hospital several times for treatment. It was during an April hospital stay that de Sousa suspects her daughter was infected with the coronavirus that was just starting to circulate in Rio and Brazil. Vitoria Gabrielle died in June. (Courtesy of Andréa de Sousa via AP)

Lives Lost: Brazilian toddler was saying her first words

Jul. 2, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vitoria Gabrielle crawled all the time and was starting to walk this year with a little help, hanging on to her 4-year-old brother's arm while exploring her mother's small apartment on a cobblestone street in Rio de Janeiro's working-class Piety neighborhood. The girl with a constant...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, center left, applauds, as his brother, Georg, right, looks on, during a concert by the German Symphonic Orchestra Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Bamberger Symphoniker, at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died at age 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said in a statement on his website that he died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother

Jul. 2, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96. The Diocese of Regensburg said Thursday that Ratzinger will be laid to rest in the Bavarian city's Catholic cemetery Wednesday...

Name of ex-Supreme Court justice taken off historic warship

Jul. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The name of a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who had ruled before the Civil War that free Black people and enslaved persons were not U.S. citizens is being removed from a historic warship. Roger B. Taney’s name has been taken off the retired warship that survived the...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2006 file picture Pope Benedict XVI, right, walks with his brother priest Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, southern Germany. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died at age 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said in a statement on his website that he died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher, File)

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

Jul. 1, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died. He was 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said that he died Wednesday. His death came...

A Saudi vendor is seen through a bracelet as a woman buys jewels at the gold market a day before the expected increase of VAT from 5% to 15%, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi shoppers rush to buy gold before taxes triple

Jul. 1, 2020 3:57 AM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi shoppers have rushed to buy big-ticket items such as gold, appliances and electronics ahead of the announced tripling of taxes on basic goods on Wednesday as the government tries to shore up revenue for its economy battered by the coronavirus and low oil prices. The...

In this June 6, 2016 image, New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya poses for a photograph in his home writing studio. Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano literature movement with his novel

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Jun. 30, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82. Anaya’s niece, Belinda Henry, said the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico,...

FILE - In this May 26, 1963 file photo, Carl Reiner shows holds two Emmy statuettes presented to him as best comedy writer for the

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' dies

Jun. 30, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old...