Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Feb 2, 2014

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died. He was 83. Schell’s agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said on Saturday that he had ...

Ohio biker's wish comes true when he's buried on a Harley

Feb 1, 2014

Ohio biker's wish comes true when he's buried on a Harley

A motorcycle-loving man’s family has fulfilled his dying wish: to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson encased in a see-through casket. But it wasn’t easy. The project required an extra-large cemetery plot to accommodate a Plexiglas casket for Billy Standley and his hulking custom-painted ...

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Jan 29, 2014

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents, has died at the age of 94. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he ...

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

Jan 17, 2014

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. She was 95. With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive. Duccini died ...

Sharon's death celebrated with candy in Palestine

Jan 12, 2014

Sharon's death celebrated with candy in Palestine

Adel Makki rushed into the street in Beirut’s Shatila Palestinian refugee camp Saturday to hand out sweets when he learned of the death of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli leader Palestinians blame for a massacre of hundreds there and in the nearby Sabra camp. “I ...

Jan 4, 2014

Car in Walker crash hit nearly 160 kph

The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker may have been going 160 kph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner’s report released Friday. Investigators found no mechanical problems with the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ...

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Jan 4, 2014

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

Dec 29, 2013

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

In the end, indigenous leader Nicolasa Quintreman was buried apart from the plot of land where she had lived nearly her entire life. Her decadelong battle against the construction of a 155-meter-tall dam on the Bio Bio River in south-central Chile was lost years ...

Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

Dec 29, 2013

Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died at age 82. Maurice Vincent, a senator and the mayor of Saint-Etienne, said in a ...