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Firefighter Robert Louis Smith Jr. won multiple awards for bravery, service

Mr. Smith

Detroit — Fighting fires and saving lives was not only Robert Louis Smith Jr.'s job, it was also a mission he strongly believed in, his family said. More

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill. John Dixon / AP

Scarborough, Maine — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. More

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday. AP

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43. More

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Mexico City — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87. More

New York political leader Basil Paterson dies

Basil Paterson in 2010 Richard Drew / AP

New York — Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87. More

'Super mom' nurse always up for adventure

Mrs. Messinger

Some women wear wigs when they lose their hair from chemotherapy. Norma Messinger was never like some women. More

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