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Nov 20, 2014

Award-winning American director Mike Nichols dies at 83: ABC

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate” and “Carnal Knowledge,” died on Wednesday at age 83, ABC News said.

Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC’s “World News Tonight” broadcast.

Nov 14, 2014

Pentagon says billions needed for neglected U.S. nuclear force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of dollars are needed in the next five years to ensure the security and effectiveness of the ageing U.S. nuclear deterrent, the Pentagon said on Friday, after reviews found evidence of neglect during years of conventional warfare.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, announcing an overhaul of the system, said Americans had never been endangered.

Nov 9, 2014

Two Americans freed by North Korea on their way home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea freed two Americans from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release.

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been doing hard labor for months in the reclusive country, were being accompanied home by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang.

Nov 8, 2014

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said on Saturday.

Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang.

Oct 22, 2014

Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman once considered the world’s richest man before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died on Tuesday at age 88.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Hunt died at an assisted-living center in Dallas suffering from dementia and cancer. Hunt’s sister-in-law, Nancy Hunt, confirmed the death on Tuesday night.

Oct 22, 2014

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at age 93

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday at age 93, the paper said.

As executive editor from 1968 until 1991, Bradlee became one of the most important figures in Washington, as well as part of journalism history, while transforming the Post from a staid morning daily into one of the most dynamic and respected publications in the United States.

Oct 2, 2014

Interim Secret Service head has been a familiar figure beside U.S. presidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a member of the U.S. Secret Service’s most elite detail, Joseph Clancy guarded the lives of three U.S. presidents and now will try to repair the agency’s damaged credibility after a spate of embarrassments and failures.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Clancy’s appointment as interim director shortly after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday.

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hit Russia’s largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

The sanctions, coordinated with similar European Union steps, were triggered by what the West sees as Moscow’s recent effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine by backing pro-Russian separatists with troops, heavy arms and cross-border shelling.. They are the latest economic penalties imposed by the West since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hit Russia’s largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country’s largest bank by assets, and Rostec, a conglomerate that makes everything from Kalashnikovs to cars, by limiting their ability to access the U.S. debt markets.

Sep 4, 2014

Nothing taboo for Joan Rivers, queen of acid put-downs

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) РJoan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a m̩lange of insult, insecurity, over-the-top cattiness and a nothing-is-sacred philosophy, died on Thursday at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

Rivers, an outspoken advocate of the plastic surgery that gave her a preternaturally preserved appearance, died after suffering cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords on Aug. 28 at a clinic in New York that had left her on life support for several days.