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Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic impact on rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 74

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Buycott empowers consumers by revealing which corporations are responsible for the contents of your basket

Retail: The secret shopper in your pocket

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Book of a lifetime: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, By Louis Armstrong

My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was compelling evidence he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said

Suspected 93-year-old Auschwitz guard Hans Lipschis arrested in Germany

German authorities say they have arrested a 93-year-old alleged former Auschwitz guard who once lived in the United States on suspicion of accessory to murder.

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A group of teenage girls holds an initiation ceremony to the Vampire Society in a Chicago cemetery at midnight.

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice

Jimmy Dawkins: Blues guitarist

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice.

Liberty Head 'Walton' nickel from 1913 rakes in more than $3m at auction

The 5 cent coin was one of five produced illegally by a rogue US Mint worker

George Beverly Shea has died aged 104

Baritone George Beverly Shea dies aged 104

George Beverly Shea, whose booming baritone voice echoed through stadiums, squares and souls during a decades-long career with evangelist Billy Graham, has died aged 104.

Bubba Watson breaks down in tears during yesterday’s press conference

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Roger Ebert, one of the most popular film reviewers of his time, has died at the age of 70

Pulitzer Prize-winning US film critic Roger Ebert dies, aged 70

Ebert’s show with Gene Siskel was full of verbal sparring and thumbs up/ thumbs down reviews

Maria Llanos watches on as her daughter hugs a friend at the soon-to-close Lafayette School in Chicago

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