- Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars Updated: Aug-31-15 4:47 am
TOKYO - The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
- From creativity to corruption, Mandel was a political force Updated: Aug-31-15 4:43 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A colorful and complex figure in Maryland politics, Marvin Mandel was seen by some as an innovator who reorganized state government to be more efficient. For others, he was forever stained by his conviction for selling the powers of office.
- Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76 Updated: Aug-31-15 4:29 am
LOS ANGELES - It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
- Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died Updated: Aug-31-15 12:47 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.
- Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76 Updated: Aug-31-15 12:11 am
LOS ANGELES - Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76.
- White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip Updated: Aug-30-15 10:54 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.
- Thousands mourn fallen firefighters in Washington state Updated: Aug-30-15 9:16 pm
WENATCHEE, Washington - Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state.
- Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77 Updated: Aug-30-15 4:39 pm
ANDALUSIA, Pennsylvania - Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77.
- 'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82 Updated: Aug-30-15 1:58 pm
NEW YORK - There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.
- Fund set up in honor of Vikings stadium worker who died Updated: Aug-30-15 12:42 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A fund has been set up in memory of the construction worker who died last week in a fall at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction in downtown Minneapolis.
- 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings dies Updated: Aug-30-15 10:54 am
SYDNEY - Bart Cummings, one of Australia's most successful racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, has died at the age of 87.
- Funeral for Michigan trooper set for Tuesday at high school Updated: Aug-30-15 10:14 am
FENTON, Michigan - Funeral arrangements are set for a Michigan State Police trooper who was hit while on motorcycle patrol in Oakland County.
- Longtime PR industy leader Ed Lewi dies at 81 Updated: Aug-29-15 10:05 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York - Ed Lewi, a longtime public relations executive with deep roots in horse racing, has died. He was 81.
- 1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies Updated: Aug-29-15 9:59 pm
NEW YORK - Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les MisÃ©rables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.
- 7 Aggie canine mascots buried outside updated Kyle Field Updated: Aug-29-15 12:53 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The remains of seven Texas A&M canine mascots have been buried outside Kyle Field following $485 million in renovations to the football stadium.
- Vatican: Heart attack killed ex-envoy charged with sex abuse Updated: Aug-29-15 11:46 am
VATICAN CITY - The former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, who went on trial at the Holy See this summer for alleged sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, according to initial autopsy results, the Vatican said Saturday.
- Belgium lays to rest heroine who saved countless GI lives Updated: Aug-29-15 11:07 am
BASTOGNE, Belgium - A Congo-born nurse was laid to rest in a quiet corner of Belgium on Saturday, surrounded by emissaries from the King and the United States, politicians and a military honor guard.
- Weaver connects cultures and generations at State Fair Updated: Aug-29-15 9:45 am
SALEM, Oregon - Salem native John Beard of Tigard has been making connections at the Oregon State Fair for more than three decades. He's made connections between warp and weft, the vertical and horizontal yarns that he weaves on his loom, but demonstrating the art of Ravenstail weaving is about more than the large and beautiful ceremonial robes he produces.
- Ex-Washington mayor Don Gronewald dead at 83 Updated: Aug-29-15 4:04 am
WASHINGTON, Illinois - Longtime Washington Mayor Don Gronewald, probably better known as a town-square pharmacy owner, has died. He was 83.
- Arbour's success with 1 team - Isles - stands out to Bowman Updated: Aug-29-15 3:56 am
Of Al Arbour's numerous NHL achievements, one stands out to his former coaching colleague and mentor, Scotty Bowman.
- Legionnaires' kills 2 Illinois veterans' home residents Updated: Aug-28-15 10:32 pm
QUINCY, Illinois - Two residents of an Illinois veterans' home have died of Legionnaires' Disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.
- Reaction to the death of Islanders coaching great Al Arbour Updated: Aug-28-15 5:56 pm
Reaction to the death Friday of four-time Stanley Cup-winning New York Islanders coach Al Arbour:
- Former Pennsylvania newspaper publisher Edward Hourigan dies Updated: Aug-28-15 12:05 pm
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - Edward P. Hourigan, a former publisher of The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre, has died.
- Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy Updated: Aug-28-15 5:47 am
KENEMA, Sierra Leone - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son.
- Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101 Updated: Aug-28-15 1:13 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.