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WWII Code Talker and longtime N.M. lawmaker John Pinto dies at 94

John Pinto was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator.

Sol Yaged, a joyful New York jazz mainstay, dies at 96

Sol Yaged was 12 and living in Coney Island, N.Y., when he first heard Benny Goodman and his band on the radio in 1935. It was an experience that would guide him for more than 80 years.

Jake Black, a composer of the ‘Sopranos’ theme, dies at 59

Jake Black wrote “Woke Up This Morning,” the indelible theme song for the groundbreaking HBO drama “The Sopranos,” with a bandmate in the group Alabama 3.

‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ author Judith Kerr dies at 95

Judith Kerr was a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” and other beloved children’s books.

The Rev. Denise Karuth, who tirelessly advocated for the disabled, dies at 64

As a disabled, would-be bus and subway rider, Rev. Karuth gathered firsthand wisdom to pass along to MBTA officials, who more than 30 years ago thought it would be too difficult to make public transportation more accessible.

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday.

Neus Català, dogged anti-Fascist and camp survivor, dies at 103

In e1939, when General Francisco Franco’s troops invaded Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, Neus Català led 182 orphans in her charge out of the mayhem and across the snow-covered Pyrenees to safety in France.

Baby Jane Dexter, cabaret singer who brought poignancy to torch songs, dies at 72

Ms. Dexter first gained acclaim in the 1970s, when she appeared in New York nightclubs as a bluesy singer with a powerful voice and presence.