Hayward "Chuck" Carbo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, whose ultra-smooth baritone fronted the 1950s quintet the Spiders that made the world aware of New Orleans rhythm & blues, died Friday. He was 82.

Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home said he died after a long illness.

Singer Aaron Neville, a longtime friend, says Carbo and his brother Leonard "Chick" Carbo were part of the premier New Orleans group in their day.

A young Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack produced several 1960s singles by Carbo and considered him an immense, if under-appreciated, talent.

Both sides of their 1954 debut for Imperial Records, "I Didn't Want to Do It" and "You're the One," cracked the Top 10 of the national rhythm and blues charts.

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Gene Looper

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ Gene Looper, a fixture on South Texas radio and television for more than 50 years, died last week. He was 86.

Looper's wife, Gloria, told The Associated Press he died at their home after a short illness.

He delivered news about hurricanes, the first moon landing, the Vietnam war and the John F. Kennedy assassination using a matter-of-fact, man-on-the-street style.

Looper was a television anchor and program director for Corpus Christi television station KZTV and worked for radio station KSIX starting in 1951.

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Archie R. McCardell

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) _ Archie R. McCardell, who headed International Harvester during a pivotal 172-day labor strike in 1979, died Friday. He was 81.

McCardell died at a Casper hospital from a heart-related problem, said his daughter, Laurie McCardell.

McCardell joined International Harvester, the Chicago-based manufacturer of agriculture equipment and machinery, as president in 1977 and became chief executive officer a few months later.

International Harvester posted record earnings of nearly $400 million in 1979, but began struggling when 35,000 employees represented by the United Auto Workers walked out Nov. 1 of that year. A settlement wasn't reached until April 1980.

International Harvester lost millions of dollars during the strike. Combined with the effects of a recession, the company started selling off units. The firm took the name Navistar in 1986.

McCardell resigned from International Harvester in May 1982.

McCardell was born in Michigan and served in the Army Air Corps before receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in business from the University of Michigan. He worked for Ford Motor Co. and Xerox, where he was president and chief operating officer, before joining International Harvester.

After leaving International Harvester, McCardell worked in businesses with his family in Connecticut, where he lived at the former Pepperidge Farm estate in Fairfield. He moved to Casper to be closer to family members in 1998, and split time between homes in Casper and Savannah, Ga., Laurie McCardell said.