Read the latest on the deaths of notable people. These news stories recount the lives that made them prominent locally, nationally and worldwide.

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Hugh Downs, 99, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday.Guinness World Records recognized Downs as having logged more hours in front of the camera than...

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Michael Hawley, 58, a computer programmer, professor, musician, speechwriter and impresario who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for what is now called the Internet of...