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Luke Somers (2014)
By The Associated Press, The Associated PressLuke Somers, an American who was killed during a rescue attempt against his al-Qaida captors in Yemen, had been working as a freelance photographer and editor in that country, and those who knew him say he had "wanderlust" and was drawn to new experiences.Lucy Somers told The Associated Press Saturday that that she learned of her 33-year-old brother's...
Pierre Korkie (2014)
By ANDREW MELDRUM, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Pierre Korkie was just a day from freedom, after being held captive for 18 months by al-Qaida in Yemen, when he was killed in a U.S. rescue attempt Saturday, according to the non-governmental group Gift of the Givers.Korkie, one of two hostages killed in the military effort, had been working as a teacher in Yemen before he...
Thomas Eric Duncan (2014)
EMILY SCHMALL, The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, grew up next to a leper colony in Liberia and fled years of war before later returning to his country to find it ravaged by the disease that ultimately took his life. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas in late September, realizing a long-held ambition to join relatives....
Werner Franz (2014)
FRANK JORDANS, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Werner Franz, believed to be the last surviving crew member of the German airship Hindenburg that crashed 77 years ago, has died. He was 92.Franz was a 14-year-old cabin boy when the hydrogen-filled Zeppelin caught fire and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. The disaster was captured by waiting photographers, film crews and a radio...
Relatives of Pope Francis (2014)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after their car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge...
Fallen Boston Firefighters (2014)
By BOB SALSBERG and DENISE LAVOIE — Mar. 27, 2014 5:28 PM EDT BOSTON (AP) — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race...
Sparks Middle School Shooting Victims (2013)
A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police...
Washington Navy Yard Shooting Victims (2013)
Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there: Profiles of Victims WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter also was killed...
Willie Louis (2013)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A witness who went into hiding after testifying at the Emmett Till trial about hearing the lynching victim's screams has died in a Chicago suburb at the age of 76...
Oklahoma Tornado Victims (2013)
CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, The Associated Press MOORE, Okla. (AP) — One was an animal lover. Another loved the spotlight. Another was nicknamed "The Wall" because of the force he brought to the soccer...
Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Victims (2013)
WEST, Texas (AP) — Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the...
Boston Marathon Explosion Victims (2013)
BOSTON (AP) — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and...
Elwin Wilson (2013)
MARTHA WAGGONER, The Associated PressElwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized for years of violent racism, including the beating of a black Freedom Rider who went on to...
Jeremiah MacKay (1977 - 2013)
TAMI ABDOLLAH, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with a man believed to be fugitive former LAPD officer Chris Dorner had gone into...
Brazil Nightclub Fire (2013)
SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a crowded, windowless nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, filling the air in seconds with flames and a thick, toxic smoke that...
Connecticut School Shooting Victims (2012)
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to...
Colorado Shooting Victims (2012)
By THOMAS PEIPERT and P. SOLOMON BANDA Associated Press AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado suburb shocked and saddened by a deadly shooting spree at a midnight unveiling of the latest Batman movie...
Tornado Victims of Joplin (2011)
LATEST UPDATE -- 10 still missing in Joplin; 120 dead identified JOPLIN, Missouri (AP) — Fewer than a dozen people remain unaccounted for after the tornado that hit Joplin last week. Missouri...
New Zealand Earthquake Victims (2011)
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The siblings huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of a building that collapsed with their mother inside. They hadn't heard from...
American Hostage Killings (2011)
By JASON STRAZIUSO and MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya – A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four...
Arizona Shooting Victims (2011)
By TERRY TANG, AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID ESPO Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday by a gunman who opened fire outside a...
Ron Clark, 69 (2010)
SUE MAJOR HOLMES, The Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ron Clark, a member of the four-man crew that made the first balloon crossing of the Pacific Ocean in 1981, has died. He was 69.Clark...
Greyhound Bus Crash Victims (2010)
FRESNO, Calif. (July 22) -- A Greyhound bus traveling to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California's Central Valley early Thursday morning, killing six and seriously injuring...
Tennessee Flood Victims (2010)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. One couple was swept away by floodwaters while driving to dinner, part of the routine they cherished in retirement. Another retired couple died on the way to church, while a...
Chinese Earthquake Victims (2010)
By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer JIEGU, China (AP) -- Tibetan monks prayed over hundreds of bodies Friday at a makeshift morgue next to their monastery after powerful earthquakes destroyed...
W. Va. Mining Disaster (2010)
By DENA POTTER and PETER PRENGAMAN MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Searchers found four bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine shattered by an explosion, raising the death toll to 29 and ending an...
Chile Quake Victims (2010)
The Associated Press SANTIAGO, CHILE -- Rescuers searched for survivors Sunday, a day after one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history rocked Chile, killing more than 700 people while...
Dawn Brancheau (2010)
The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. -- Spectators watched in horror as veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was pulled into the tank by a 12,000-pound killer whale and dragged under water...
Haiti Quake Victims (2010)
By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the...
Jeanette Scola Trapani, 107 (1902 - 2009)
(Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO - Jeanette Scola Trapani, one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, has died at age 107. Dolores Legge told the San Francisco...