The oldest living American, Alelia Murphy of New York, has died at 114

(CNN)Alelia Murphy, a 114-year-old former seamstress who’d been recognized as the oldest living American, has died. The cause of Murphy’s death was not immediately available. Murphy was 114 years, 140 days when she died, the Gerontology Research Group verified. With her passing, the group lists Hester Ford of North Carolina, who also was born in 1905, as the oldest living American. The world’s oldest person is Kane Tanaka of Japan at 116 years old, it says. What she credited for her longevity Murphy’s 114th birthday on July 6 was cause for community celebration. Officials in the Harlem section of New York City, where Murphy had lived since 1926, declared it “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.” New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin …

Matthew Shepard will be honored with a plaque at the Washington National Cathedral

(CNN)The Washington National Cathedral will dedicate a plaque next week to memorialize Matthew Shepard, whose cremated remains were interred there one year ago. On Monday, the Washington National Cathedral and the Matthew Shepard Foundation will hold a ceremony to dedicate the Matthew Shepard Memorial Plaque to honor this legacy. Shepard’s remains are held in the cathedral’s West Crypt Columbarium but are not accessible to the public. In the same crypt, deaf-blind author and activist Helen Keller’s remains are also held. Over the past year, a slow but steady trickle of visitors has come to the chapel to honor Shepard, leaving notes, flowers, candles, and other mementos that are preserved in the cathedral archives, a cathedral spokesperson said. Shepard’s plaque will …

Bob Barker Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Bob Barker, former host of the “Price is Right.” Birth name:Robert William Barker Father: Byron Barker, a utility worker Mother: Matilda (Tarleton) Barker Marriage: Dorothy Jo (Gideon) Barker (January 12, 1945-1981, her death) Education: Drury College, B.A., 1947 Military service: US Naval Reserves, 1943-1945 Other Facts Ended each episode of the “The Price is Right” with the line, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” Winner of 19 Daytime Emmy Awards. Also received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. Barker contributed $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a marine wildlife and environmental protection group, to help end international whaling. The society named a ship …

The pastor of a black church targeted in a foiled attack praises a student for preventing ‘a bloodbath’

Gainesville, Georgia (CNN)On a typical Sunday, about 40 congregants gather at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. “We stand with Bethel AME,” one colorful sign read. “Keep hate out of Georgia,” another poster said. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Michelle Rizer-Pool, said she’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. She knew exactly what she wanted to tell her congregation during Sunday’s service. “My message today is about encouragement,” she said. “We cannot be afraid.” Alert student helped prevent ‘a bloodbath’ Last week, police arrested a 16-year-old Gainesville High School student for allegedly planning to attack the church. “I have no doubt that we thwarted an attack that would’ve been ugly,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish …