Obituaries

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right after his 1986 selection by President Ronald Reagan


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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, Elizabeth Wallner, left, and Christy O'Donnell, who both have terminal cancer, celebrate after lawmakers advanced right-to-die legislation they support, at the Capitol in Sacramento,Calif. O'Donnell, the single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47. Her brother Jay Watts said in a Facebook posting Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, that O'Donnell died Saturday, Feb. 6.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

“Yet, I have suffered more emotional and physical pain than anyone should have to endure,” she wrote. “My daughter and I fought very hard during the last months of my life to try to bring about positive change in this World. My daughter has unselfishly given up her time with me to all of you, so that no child will ever again have to watch the person they love suffer at their death. I ask you all to continue making your voices heard for those who are suffering.”


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NASCAR officials confirmed Hall’s death early Wednesday, with chairman and CEO Brian France saying “the entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years.”


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FILE - This Feb. 6, 1984, file photo shows American Olympic downhill skier Bill Johnson during the third training run for the Winter Olympic alpine skiing events, near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The U.S. ski team says the former Olympic downhill champion has died after a long illness. He was 55. Megan Harrod, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Alpine team, says Johnson died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016  at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz, File)

“Bill Johnson was cut from a different cloth,” American ski great Phil Mahre said in a statement. “Billy was a fighter and went about things his way. That toughness allowed him to reach heights in the skiing world that few will ever accomplish.”


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FILE - This November 21, 1966, file photo shows French author Edmonde Charles-Roux signing copies of her book "Oublier Palermo" (To Forget Palermo), during a press reception in Paris. Edmonde Charles-Roux, a French writer who was among the founding editors of Elle magazine and a longtime editor of Vogue before turning to literature, has died. She was 95. (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy, File)

The daughter of a diplomat who spent most of her childhood outside France, Charles-Roux obtained a nursing degree in 1939 when World War II broke out. She was wounded in a bombing in 1940 and ultimately was honored by the French Foreign Legion.


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