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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders say they are close to reaching a new agreement to sustain their Catholic-Protestant government, but face all-night talks to see whether they can seal a deal.
Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said Monday. Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, made a breakthrough when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival by playing the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of the rock era's most successful covers. "He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain," his agent, Barrie Marshall, said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday evening.