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Reports: Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell dead at 46

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R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell died Saturday, according to Danish media reports. She was 46.

The cause and place of death have not been confirmed.

"Bad things happened to the most innocent people," her brother, Brandon, wrote on Twitter. "My sister died in the most terrible way, and I'm in so much pain right now."

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Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone, became famous in the '90s. She later pursued a solo career, Billboard reports.

Maxwell and her husband, Danish producer Carsten Schack, lived together in Los Angeles with their son, according to reports from Us Weekly and the New York Daily News.

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Bob Simon, CBS correspondent, remembered

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You could see the sorrow on Scott Pelley's face Wednesday as he informed viewers of "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon's death.

"Our colleague, Bob Simon, of '60 Minutes,' was 73 years old," said Scott Pelley on CBS.

Simon, a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, was killed in a car crash in New York City Wednesday. 

Major media outlets across the country shared thoughts and condolences for Simon and his family.

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"We have breaking news tonight here in New York City — very sad news. CBS News tonight has announced the death of long time correspondent Bob Simon, whose career spanned five decades," said Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.

"A major loss in the world of television journalism," said Antonio Mora on Al Jazeera.

"Bob Simon was the best of the best. A reporter's reporter. ... Generous, kind, sharp as a tack and obviously someone who would never hesitate to ask hard questions, but he would ask them kindly," said Randall Pinkston on Al Jazeera.

Others reminisced about the journalist's five-decade career — one in which he reported on the Vietnam War, conflicts in the Middle East and was even held captive in Iraqi prisons for some 40 days. 

"He covered virtually every major overseas conflict in the 1960s, most notably in the Middle East," recounted Anderson Cooper on CNN.

"He was a '60 Minutes' correspondent for 19 seasons. This was his 19th season. He just had a report on this Sunday about Selma," said Brian Stelter on CNN.

Simon is survived by his wife and one daughter, who is a producer for "60 Minutes."

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Biden, de Blasio join family in remembering slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos

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Public officials, police officers, friends and family filled a Queens church Saturday to remember Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers killed last week.

Both Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the ceremony.

“I’m sure I speak for the whole nation when I say to you that our hearts ache for you,” said Biden.

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“Our hearts are aching today. We feel it physically. We feel it deeply. New York City has lost a hero,” said de Blasio.

About 730 police officers from across the nation who were flown in by JetBlue also were in attendance.

The funeral came a day after an equally packed wake that lasted eight hours. Because of the crowds, the event had to be projected on a screen to onlookers outside.

“My father was a man of character, a selfless man. Dad, I'm forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jayden,” said Justin Ramos.

Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot to death Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car.

Police say the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, also shot and injured his ex-girlfriend earlier that day.   

Ramos was studying to become a pastor, and those who knew the officer said he viewed his work in the police force as “a ministry.”

Ramos leaves behind a wife and two children. Funeral plans for Ramos’s partner, officer Wenjian Liu have not yet been announced.

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Rock singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70

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Musician Joe Cocker died Monday morning in his Colorado home after battling lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

Born in 1944, Cocker grew up in Sheffield, England, and began pursuing a music career in his 20s. He shot to fame in 1968 when his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" rose to No. 1. Cocker's version of the hit song would later be used as the theme song for the ABC television show "The Wonder Years." (Video via Regal Zonophone / Joe CockerABC / "The Wonder Years")

In 1983, Cocker won a Grammy for "Up Where We Belong." The duet with Jennifer Warnes was featured in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."

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Queen Elizabeth awarded Cocker an Order of the British Empire in 2007 for his services to music, and in 2010, Cocker was included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. The outlet called his voice "an irresistible force that combines a love of American soul music with an undeniable depth of feeling."

Cocker released his 23rd and final album in 2012. It hit No. 1 on Germany's charts.

After learning of Cocker's death, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends. peace and love."

And Sony Music's chief executive, Edgar Berger, released a statement saying, "Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met."

Cocker leaves behind his wife, stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

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Norman Bridwell, creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' books, dies at 86

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Norman Bridwell, best known as the creator of the children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died. He was 86.

According to his publisher, Scholastic, Bridwell died Friday at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The cause of death was not released.

Scholastic first published Bridwell's extensive "Clifford" series more than 50 years ago. Since then, it's reportedly sold more than 129 million copies in 13 different languages.

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Scholastic's CEO released a statement saying, "Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor."

Bridwell also was quite tenacious to get the book originally published. "Clifford" was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic finally gave it the green light.

The gigantic friendly canine even wound up in a PBS cartoon using the same name.

"Clifford" also made his debut on the big screen in 2004, and there's another movie in the works that's due out in 2016.

Bridwell completed two more "Clifford" books before he died: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah." Both are due out next year.

Norman Bridwell said, "I feel very fortunate in this part in teaching children to read. Something I didn't plan but it's worked out that way."

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Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge found dead

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Police in Columbus, Ohio, say they have found the body of missing Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge

Police Sgt. Rich Weiner told reporters, "We received a call from somebody stating they found a body in the dumpster at this location. ... We are able to confirm ... that it is the body of Kosta Karageorge."

According to the police, the former OSU lineman's body was found in a dumpster one block from his apartment. The investigation is still ongoing, but Karageorge appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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Karageorge had been missing since Wednesday, when he left his apartment after telling friends he needed to take a walk to clear his head. His disappearance sparked a city-wide manhunt for the missing student.

A police report says his mother told investigators Karageorge suffered concussions and spells of confusion, and Karageorge sent his mother a text complaining about his concussions half an hour before disappearing. 

Ohio State issued a statement saying, ​"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."

Karageorge spent three years wrestling for OSU before walking onto the football team this year. He was 22 years old. 

Director Mike Nichols dies; world reacts on social media

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The Associated Press is reporting that director Mike Nichols, husband of Diane Sawyer, has died at age 83.

Nichols was known for his work on films, television and stage shows such as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot."

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Rev. Myles Munroe reportedly among victims of Bahamas plane crash

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A small plane crashed Sunday in the Bahamas, killing all nine people on board, according to The Associated Press.

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation said the plane, a Lear 36 Executive Jet, had taken off from Nassau and crashed while attempting to land about 5 p.m. in Freeport.

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Among the victims was the Rev. Myles Munroe, leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries, the Bahamas Tribune reported.

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'Car Talk' host Tom Magliozzi dies at 77

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Tom Magliozzi, one half of "Click and Clack," the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk," passed away Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Magliozzi, shown here on the left, hosted the show with his younger brother, Ray. The show ran on NPR for more than 25 years and became more well-known for the on-air antics of its hosts than for its discussion of automobiles. (Video via Martha Stewart)

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Tom Magliozzi: "This is the only theory of which I'm sure: I don't know if the Earth goes around the sun or vice versa, I don't know about electromagnetism, but I know it never pays to buy a new car."

Tom and Ray stumbled into the radio business by accident. Tom was asked to speak during a local WBUR broadcast about cars in 1977 and was a hit. That station asked him back again, and that time he brought Ray. Their careers in talk radio took off from there.

A longtime producer of the show told NPR, "His laugh is the working definition of infectious laughter. ... I'd just hear his laughter and then there'd be more of it, and people would sort of gather around him. He was just kind of a magnet."

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For a while, the brothers owned a car repair shop in their hometown of East Cambridge, Massachusetts. They liked to pretend they were just regular mechanics, but both brothers had degrees from MIT, and Tom even received a doctorate from Boston University.

In a statement on the 'Car Talk' website, Ray said of his older brother, "We can be happy that he lived the life he wanted to live."

The brothers retired in 2012, but NPR still airs old episodes of the show. Ray asked that instead of flowers, people wanting to make donations should give to their favorite public radio station in Tom's memory.

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Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car crash

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Sad news out of professional baseball. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend have died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, his home country. Taveras was 22.

Details are still scarce, but USA Today reports that Dominican officials say Taveras and his girlfriend were involved in a crash while traveling to his hometown near Puerto Plata. A policeman said, "[Rainfall] might have contributed to the accident."

Taveras had been widely touted as one of the top hitting prospects in the Cardinals organization.

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He batted just .239 in his first season in the big leagues but left his mark in the playoffs with a big pinch-hit home run in the National League Championship series in Game 2 against the Giants.

Before his time at the professional level, Taveras had dominated the minor-league ranks with a .320 batting average over six seasons and was expected to have a bright future with the Cardinals.

Baseball America ranked Taveras the third-highest prospect in all of baseball in 2014.

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. released a statement on Facebook expressing grief for Taveras' passing. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Taveras was a "wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest." 

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