March 15, 2018
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Two crew members were killed on Wednesday when a Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Key West.

The Navy said that the F/A-18 Super Hornet was preparing to land at the naval air station Wednesday afternoon when it crashed into the water. Both the pilot and weapons system officer ejected and were recovered, but later died. The Navy, which is investigating the cause of the crash, has not released the names of the crew members. Catherine Garcia

February 14, 2018
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Prince Henrik, the outspoken husband of Danish Queen Margrethe, died Tuesday night. He was 83.

In January, Henrik, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2017, was hospitalized with a lung infection. The royal palace said he was moved on Tuesday to his home north of Copenhagen, and he died surrounded by the queen and their sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Prince Henrik was born in France on June 11, 1934, the son of a count and countess. His name was Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat; when he married Margrethe in 1967, his name was changed to Henrik and he became a Lutheran. Henrik often spoke about the frustration he felt over not having equal status to his wife and son Frederik — in the 1980s, after he complained publicly, a law was changed so he received a paycheck rather than relying on the queen, and last August, he caused a stir by saying he did not want to be buried next to Margrethe in the custom-designed sarcophagus waiting for the couple at Roskilde Cathedral. This bucked tradition, but Margrethe agreed.

Henrik held several honorary ranks in the Danish military, including general in the army and air force and admiral in the navy, bestowed to him as a member of the royal family. In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by eight grandchildren. Catherine Garcia

February 4, 2018
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Colts lineback Edwin Jackson, 26, was killed Sunday morning after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver while stopped on the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, the Indiana State Police Department announced Sunday.

Authorities say the car Jackson was in pulled over because he became ill. The driver, a 54-year-old ride-sharing operator named Jeffery Monroe, was outside helping Jackson when a person driving a Ford F-150 veered into the emergency shoulder and crashed into the back of the vehicle, hitting and killing Jackson and Monroe. One of the bodies flew and landed in the center lane of the interstate, where it was hit by a state trooper reporting to the scene. The driver of the F-150, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was believed to be intoxicated, and he was arrested after trying to run away from the scene.

In a statement, the Colts said the organization was "heartbroken" to hear of Jackson's death, and he was "loved by all." He had an "outgoing personality, competitive spirit, and hard-working mentality" and was "well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths." Jackson started eight of the 16 games he played during the 2016 season, but was out in 2017 due to an injury. Catherine Garcia

January 28, 2018

Ingvar Kamprad, the billionaire founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, died at his home in Smaland, Sweden, on Saturday, the company announced Sunday. He was 91.

Kamprad started Ikea in 1943 at age 17, but it wasn't until 1956 that he hit upon the store's trademark flat-packing system to cut costs by reducing transit space. He maintained a frugal lifestyle even after becoming wealthy, flying economy and buying his clothes at flea markets.

In his later years, Kamprad came under fire for youthful involvement in a Swedish nationalist group linked to the Nazis. He apologized, calling his actions "stupidity" and his "greatest mistake."

"Ingvar Kamprad was a great entrepreneur of the typical southern Swedish kind, hardworking and stubborn, with a lot of warmth and a playful twinkle in his eye," said a statement from Ikea on Sunday. "He worked until the very end of his life, staying true to his own motto that most things remain to be done." Bonnie Kristian

January 23, 2018
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Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, known for award-winning sci-fi and fantasy books like The Left Hand of Darkness, died Monday in Portland, Oregon. She was 88.

Le Guin was a writer for most of her life, submitting her first short story at age 11. She wrote about everything from gender roles to violence to conformity, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, and her Earthsea books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Author Mary Robinette Kowal told NPR that Le Guin was "a gateway drug" into science fiction and fantasy for many readers, and she "embraced new forms of technology" while "constantly pushing boundaries and barriers." In 2014, Le Guin received a lifetime achievement award at the National Book Awards. Catherine Garcia

January 22, 2018
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Naomi Parker Fraley, a former waitress who inspired the artist behind the 1943 "We Can Do It!" poster, died Saturday in Longview, Washington. She was 96.

Several people claimed to be the model for the poster, which was created for the Westinghouse Electric Corp., but in 2016, Seton Hall University professor James Kimble discovered that artist J. Howard Miller had most likely been inspired by a photo of Fraley that appeared in newspapers across the country. The photo showed Fraley, who worked in a Navy machine shop during World War II, standing at an industrial lathe, her hair up in a polka-dotted bandana. "The women of this country these days need some icons," Fraley told People in 2016, after Kimble tracked her down. "If they think I'm one, I'm happy."

Fraley was 20 when she she started working at the machine shop, along with her younger sister, Ada, and they spent their days drilling, patching airplane wings, and riveting. The poster was up in Westinghouse factories for a only brief time, and it didn't become a feminist symbol, with the woman dubbed Rosie the Riveter, until the early 1980s, The New York Times reports. Catherine Garcia

January 13, 2018

Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson died Friday evening, ESPN reported Saturday. He was 89.

Before he retired in 2006, Jackson spent five decades calling games, including the original Monday Night Football game in 1970. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family."

Jackson's expressions — like "whoa, Nellie" and "Big Uglies," and stadium nicknames like "The Granddaddy of Them All" for the Rose Bowl — became part of fans' lexicon during his years on air, and he was the first sportscaster to be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999.

In addition to football, Jackson broadcast NBA games, the World Series, and the Olympics, among other sports. He is survived by his wife, three children, and three grandchildren. Bonnie Kristian

December 30, 2017

Criminal justice reform advocate Erica Garner died Saturday, leaving behind two young children. She was 27.

Garner became a civil rights activist following the 2014 killing of her father, Eric Garner, at the hands of New York City police officers. His chokehold death was caught on camera, and his desperate plea of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality.

Erica Garner suffered two heart attacks this fall, the second of which left her in a medically induced coma on Christmas Eve. Her family confirmed her death in a series of posts on her Twitter account:

"She was a warrior. She was a fighter, and we didn't pull the plug on her," said Erica's mother, Esaw Snipes. "She left on her own terms."

The officer responsible for Eric Garner's death was never indicted, though the death was ruled a homicide and the Garner family won a civil settlement. Read The Week's Sarah Lustbader on six reforms that could help prevent such tragedies in the future. Bonnie Kristian

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