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Wallace Broecker, a professor at Columbia University in New York, speaking during the Balzan Prize ceremony in Rome in 2008. Broecker, a climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming," died Monday. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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In this file photo, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., stands in front of photos of fallen soldiers along a hallway leading to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Jones, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken Republican critic of the war, died Sunday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Izzy Young in Sept. 2007. Frank Beacham/Courtesy of Frank Beacham hide caption

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Izzy Young, Center To The Folk Music Revival, Dies At 90

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Mourners transport the flag-draped coffin of Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani, seen in the poster, for burial during her funeral procession in the National Museum in Baghdad on Jan. 21. Iraq is mourning the loss of a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild her country's leading museum in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Joseph Walker, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was honored with a full military burial on Monday. After officials warned that he might be buried without anyone in attendance, a huge crowd responded. Texas General Land Office hide caption

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Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi during an interview conducted in Jan. 2018. A portrait of his son — Sam Mtukudzi, who died in a 2010 car crash — can be seen over his shoulder. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jonas Mekas, seen in 2015 in Venice, Italy, where the filmmaker's digital works were exhibited at the same time as the Venice Biennale. Mekas died Wednesday at the age of 96. Awakening/Getty Images for Zuecca Project Space hide caption

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Guitarist Reggie Young, pictured in 2017, died Jan. 17 of heart failure. Anthony Scarlati /Courtesy of Chart Room Media hide caption

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Reggie Young, Revered Studio Guitarist, Dies At 82

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Tony Mendez, the former CIA officer who rescued six American diplomats from revolutionary Iran in 1980, died Saturday. He's shown here in 2012 in Washington, D.C., at the premiere of Argo, a film based on his operation in Iran. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Tony Mendez, The 'Argo' Spy Who Rescued Americans In Iran, Dies At 78

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For 15 years, Bob Carr welcomed visitors to his crystal cave and a swap meet he ran in California's Yucca Valley. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Joshua Tree Artist Built A Crystal Cave Of Wonder With Chicken Wire, Spray Foam

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Poet Mary Oliver speaks at the 2010 Women's Conference in California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Beloved Poet Mary Oliver, Who Believed Poetry 'Mustn't Be Fancy,' Dies At 83

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John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, died on Wednesday at the age of 89. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Jack Bogle, Father Of Simple Investing, Dies At 89

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American actress and singer Carol Channing starred in the musical "Hello Dolly!" in New York City in 1964. She died at 97. Archive Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Bidding Farewell To 'Hello, Dolly!': Actress Carol Channing Dies At 97

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