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  • FILE This Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Sgt. Darren Manzella, an openly gay active duty soldier back from Iraq, speaks with reporters about serving under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, at the National Press Club in Washington. Manzella has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36. A relative Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, confirmed his death. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Manzella was driving on Interstate 490 in suburban Rochester about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle sideswiped a car. Deputies said he stopped his vehicle, got out and began pushing the car from behind. He was then hit by an SUV, pinning him between the two vehicles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

      FILE This Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Sgt. Darren Manzella, an openly gay active duty soldier back from Iraq, speaks with reporters about serving under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, at the National Press Club in Washington. Manzella has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36. A relative Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, confirmed his death. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Manzella was driving on Interstate 490 in suburban Rochester about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle sideswiped a car. Deputies said he stopped his vehicle, got out and began pushing the car from behind. He was then hit by an SUV, pinning him between the two vehicles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney

      Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney

  • Jesse Marcel Jr.

      Jesse Marcel Jr.

  • Soledad Mexia

      Soledad Mexia

 
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William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Association, has died. He was 90.

Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, died Friday at the age of 74.

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Heaney was the eldest of nine children from County Derry, Northern Ireland, and his rural upbringing was reflected in much of his poetry. While he was put by admirers on the level of Irish literary greats such as Yeats and Shaw, he said he was just the son of the farmer who was trying to write.

He moved to the Irish Republic and also taught at Harvard and the University of Oxford. His best-known books include "Field Work" and "North," published in the 1970s.

Muriel Siebert, whose success as one of Wall Street's early, influential female analysts earned her the contacts and nest egg to become the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died. She was 84.

In paying $445,000 for one of the NYSE's 1,366 memberships on Dec. 28, 1967, "Mickie" Siebert broke up the all-male bastion of the Big Board, which until then had permitted women on the trading floor only as clerks and pages to fill shortages during World War II and the Korean War.

She went on to serve five years as New York State's first female superintendent of banks. Following an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1982, she returned to her brokerage, which she took public in 1996 under the holding company Siebert Financial.

Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.

Bruce Murray, a former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was an ambitious proponent of space exploration and was among the first to emphasize the use of photography of other planets, died at his home in Oceanside, Calif. He was 81.

Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Manzella was driving on Interstate 490 in suburban Rochester about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle sideswiped a car. Deputies said he stopped his vehicle, got out and began pushing the car from behind. He was then hit by an SUV, pinning him between the two vehicles. He died at the scene.

Manzella's December 2007 appearance on "60 Minutes" from the combat zone in Iraq was followed by his discharge in June 2008 for "homosexual admission," a violation of the since-rescinded policy prohibiting service members from openly acknowledging they are gay.

The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

Soledad Mexia was born in Mexico but moved to the United States when she was very young and become an American citizen.

A widely loved publisher who worked with authors ranging from Doris Kearns Goodwin and Shirley MacLaine to Janet Evanovich and Augusten Burroughs has died. Matthew Shear was 57.

Shear died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan after a 3-year battle with lung cancer, according to St. Martin's Press, an imprint of Macmillan.

Longtime major league umpire Frank Pulli, who used instant replay to make a call nearly a decade before video reviews were allowed, has died. He was 78.

Pulli was among the 22 umpires who lost their jobs in a failed mass resignation. He was an MLB umpire supervisor from 2000-07 and charted pitches, helping umps improve their ball-strike calls.

Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Bruce C. Murray, who battled Washington and NASA over money, projects and policy, has died. He was 81.

Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M., has died at the age of 76.

Denice Marcel said her father was found dead at his home in Helena, Mont., on Saturday, less than two months after making his last trip to Roswell. He had been reading a book about UFOs.

Over the past 35 years, Marcel Jr. appeared on TV shows, documentaries and radio shows; was interviewed for magazine articles and books, and traveled the world lecturing about his experiences in Roswell.

Greek police say Michalis Aslanis, 63, one of the country's most prominent fashion designers, has been found dead in his Athens apartment.

His death Wednesday comes a week after Aslanis told a Greek newspaper that he had been "ruined" by close aides who allegedly stole large sums of money from him.

Gilbert Taylor was a master of black and white and a master of different universes.

Taylor, the influential "Star Wars" cinematographer who worked on a number of stellar films alongside some of the world's most famous directors, died on Friday at the age of 99, according to the British Society of Cinematographers.

Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat whose creation of the state income tax was his most lasting accomplishment and also the undoing of his political career, has died at age 92.

CBS News says longtime foreign correspondent Bruce Dunning has died at 73 from injuries suffered in a fall.

In 1975, Dunning captured part of the chaotic end to the Vietnam War. He reported on the last evacuation flight out of Da Nang and the scramble to get aboard as the city fell to North Vietnamese troops.

Richard "Dick" Thien, a veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc., has died. He was 73.

Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. He was 86.

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