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Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

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Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images(ST. CHARLES COUNTRY, MO) — Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given.

A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department’s Facebook page reads, “St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.” The post concludes, “The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Berry popularized rock and roll with 1950s rock standards including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene,” fusing blues, rockabilly and R&B into a sound that helped define the genre, coupled with guitar virtuosity and showmanship that was emulated by countless performers in the decades after.

Berry directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks. John Lennon famously said of Berry, “If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry.”

Berry was a member of the very first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.

Berry’s music even made it into outer space — his 1958 hit “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called “Golden Record” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into the cosmos in 1977.

The rock legend was still performing and recording even in recent months. He announced in October 2016, on his 90th birthday, that he was releasing a new album this year, titled Chuck. It was to be his first new album in 38 years.

Asked ten years ago how he would want to be remembered, Berry replied, “I just want to be remembered. How? Any way. Any way you think of me.”

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Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

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By ABC News Radio

Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty ImagesRock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given.

A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department’s Facebook page reads, “St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.” The post concludes, “The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Berry popularized rock and roll with 1950s rock standards including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene,” fusing blues, rockabilly and R&B into a sound that helped define the genre, coupled with guitar virtuosity and showmanship that was emulated by countless performers in the decades after.

Berry directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks. John Lennon famously said of Berry, “If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry.”

Berry was a member of the very first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.

Berry’s music even made it into outer space — his 1958 hit “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called “Golden Record” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into the cosmos in 1977.

The rock legend was still performing and recording even in recent months. He announced in October 2016, on his 90th birthday, that he was releasing a new album this year, titled Chuck. It was to be his first new album in 38 years.

Asked ten years ago how he would want to be remembered, Berry replied, “I just want to be remembered. How? Any way. Any way you think of me.”

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Two brothers who live 1,000 miles away reunite in heartwarming viral video

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By Jonathan Sanders

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Brothers Adam and Aaron Davis are the best of friends.

Still, they’re now separated by more than 1,000 miles after Adam, 19, moved last August to Dallas, Texas, from their home in Columbus, Ohio, to study psychology at Southern Methodist University.

“Ever since I moved … he’s always asking me, ‘Hey, when are you going to come see me?'” Adam recalled to ABC News.

He and his 9-year-old brother Aaron have bonded over their love of basketball. In fact, Aaron is part of a little league and he’s always asking his older brother for tips.

He sends me different videos of him playing basketball and will ask, ‘Hey, what do I need to work on?’ and I’ll give him advice,” Adam said.

But when Aaron asked a week before Christmas if Adam could return home for the holiday season, he couldn’t make it happen.

“The plane tickets were really expensive,” Aaron said, adding that they were more than $500.

So instead he planned to come another time to surprise him. It just so happened that their spring breaks matched up this year, but Adam wanted to keep his Tuesday arrival a secret.

“My mom picked me up from the airport, and we come home and I stay in the garage,” Adam recalled. “My mom goes inside and tells Aaron to ‘Go to the garage to get the groceries out of the car,’ and when he comes out, he sees me and he loses it.”

A video of the brothers reuniting has gone viral on Twitter after Adam shared it. More than 20,000 people have retweeted the heartwarming moment, with more than 47,000 people liking it.

“It was very joyful,” Aaron told ABC News of the reunion, adding that he was “really happy.”

The brothers now are enjoying their spring break together, watching basketball and playing the game at home.

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Meals on Wheels donations surge after White House budget proposes funding cuts

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Meals on Wheels, a non-profit program that serves senior citizens around the U.S., has seen its online donations surge since President Trump’s administration released a budget proposal that could result in funding cuts for the organization.

The White House released its proposed budget early Thursday, and during the course of that day, online donations to Meals on Wheels were 50 times the usual daily total — $50,000 compared to the typical daily rate of $1,000, Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications for Meals on Wheels America, told ABC News.

The increased giving has continued. By Saturday afternoon, Meals on Wheels had received just over $100,000 in mostly small individual gifts since the proposed budget was released, Bertolette said.

She said the group is particularly gratified by people vouching publicly for the value of the Meals on Wheels network, which through a network of 5,000 programs in the U.S. serves nearly a million meals per day. Each year, 2.4 million older Americans, including 500,000 veterans, are served by the program.

“What is most valuable to us is the fact that so many people are speaking out in support of this public-private partnership and demanding that Meals on Wheels remain a funding priority,” she said.

The Meals on Wheels network receives its funding from a combination of state and local funding, private donations and other resources. Bertolette said 35 percent of its funding comes from the Older American Act Nutrition Program. That program’s funding could be affected by the White House’s proposed cut of about 16 percent to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The exact size of any possible cut to Meals on Wheels is unknown, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said, “Meals on Wheels sounds great. Again, that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion, to take the federal money and give it to the states, and say, ‘Look, we want to give you money for programs that don’t work,'” Mulvaney said.

In addition to the proposed cut to Health and Human Services, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate Community Development Block Grants, a $3 billion program that is provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and which some communities use to supplement Meals on Wheels and provide safety checks for the elderly. Both agencies provide funding for Meals on Wheels, although its main source of funding is the Older Americans Act overseen by the Health and Human Services Department.

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