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  • Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.

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FILE - Nashville attorney George Barrett appears at a news conference in this Wednesday, April 18, 2012 file photo taken in Nashville, Tenn. The longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, died Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014. He was 86.

    Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

    George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

  • Peruvian journalist Zileri dead at 83

    Enrique Zileri, who as longtime director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, died Monday at age 83.

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This undated photo provided by the Apollo Education Group shows John G. Sperling, founder of the Univertsity Of Phoenix. Sperling, 93, a billionaire, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at a hospital near San Francisco, according to a statement from Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix.

    Correction: Obit-Sperling story

    In a story Aug. 25 about death of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day that Sperling died. He died Friday, not Sunday.

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FILE - In this May 17, 1970 file photo, British actor Richard Attenborough, center, who portrays mass murderer John Reginald Christie in the lead role of "10 Rillington Place" stands alongside John Hurt, right, and Judy Geeson in London, England. Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90.

    Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

    In an obituary Aug. 24 on actor-director Richard Attenborough, The Associated Press erroneously reported that "In Which We Serve," a movie starring Attenborough, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. The film did not win that award — the best picture that year was "How Green Was My Valley."

  • Oglala Sioux leader Gerald One Feather dies

    Gerald One Feather, the legendary Oglala Sioux leader, former tribal president and tireless advocate for educational opportunities, has died. He was 76.

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File - The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in France,  answers questions after signing an accord at the Opus One winery in Oakville, Calif., in this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 file photo. Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday Aug. 24, 2014. She was 80.

    De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

    Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80.

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In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut Steven R. Nagel poses for a picture. Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle flights, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, after a long illness. He was 67.

    NASA: Former astronaut Nagel dies after illness

    Steven R. Nagel, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, has died after a long illness. He was 67.

  • B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian guru who helped popularize yoga in West, dies at 95

    Before he became one of the West's most influential teachers of yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar was a frail baby in a poor family in India. Born in 1918 during a worldwide flu epidemic, he survived infancy only to struggle with other deadly maladies, including malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis.

  • Veteran music agent Peter Grosslight dead at 68

    A longtime Los Angeles music agent who represented such artists as Whitney Houston, the Eagles, Tom Petty and Journey has died.

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FILE - In this March 10, 1969, file photo taken by Toby Massey, President Richard M. Nixon waves from the doorway of Air Force One in Homestead, Fla. Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of many prominent events during his 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 80.

    Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies

    Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.

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File - In this undated file photo, Robert Hansen leaves court in Anchorage, Alaska. Hansen, a convicted Alaska serial killer who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 75. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, file) THE MAT-SU VALLEY FRONTIERSMAN OUT

    Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

    Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.

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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Joseph "Powda" Bennett, of the band The Jolly Boys, poses for a portrait in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Jamaican folk musician died in his Caribbean homeland at age 76 on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Jolly Boys played a rollicking genre of Jamaican folk music known as Mento.

    Mento performer Joseph 'Powda' Bennett dies at 76

    Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.

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In this photo taken on Feb. 23, 2013, Cardinal Edmund Szoka sits for a portrait in Northville, Mich.  Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II,died of natural causes Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich, the Archdiocese of Detroit said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 86. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals)  DETROIT NEWS OUT;  NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT

    Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86

    Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.

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FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1994.  file photo of  Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, right, as he  stands with U.S. Vice President Al Gore at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Authorities Thursday Aug 21, 2014, said that  Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimerís disease. He was 81.  Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions operating rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994.

    Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

    Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.

  • DEATHS | María Eulalia Perou Duany, 98

    Former Cuban countess Maria Duany dies at 98

    María Eulalia Perou Duany, who rose from a humble background to become a countess in Cuba, has died in her South Miami home.

  • Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95

    Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.

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This Sept. 25, 1982 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo. Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96.

    Don Pardo: a link to TV's birth, says 'SNL' boss

    Don Pardo was a timeless classic, and in selecting him as the announcer for the brand-new "Saturday Night Live," Lorne Michaels must have known it.

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In this Aug. 27, 2007 photo, Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, right, talks to Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, during a meeting on women's rights, in Tehran, Iran. Famed Iranian poet Behbahani has died at the age of 87, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Iranian singers often used Behbahani’s poems in love songs, but her writing also focused on the challenges facing Iran in the wake of its Islamic Revolution in 1979 and women’s rights.

    Report: Famed Iranian poet Behbahani dies at 87

    Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

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File - In a Sept. 6, 2007 file picture Romanian oil tycoon Dinu Patriciu, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press, in Bucharest Romania. Dinu Patriciu, an emblematic politician from Romania’s early post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by legal troubles, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the age of 64, in a London hospital, said former Prime Minister Petre Roman.

    Ex-Romanian politician, oil tycoon dies at 64

    Dinu Patriciu, an emblematic politician from Romania's early post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by legal troubles, died Tuesday after a series of illnesses. He was 64.

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This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live."  Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96.

    Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

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This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live."  Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96.

    Don Pardo, iconic TV announcer, dies at 96

    Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, including "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Arizona. He was 96.

  • Rep. who helped deregulate savings and loans dies

    A man who represented Rhode Island in Congress for 28 years and co-sponsored a 1982 bill that deregulated savings and loans has died. Fernand St Germain was 86.

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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2005, file photo, Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., talks during an interview at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Washington. He was 80.

    Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.

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This May 1989 photo shows then Mayor Sophie Masloff giving the thumbs up after casting her ballot in Squirrel Hill, Pa. Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. She was 96.

    Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

    Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.

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