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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) – Joan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange 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.

Sep 4, 2014

No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Joan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange 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.

Aug 13, 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89: Bogart Estate

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes and husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart’s heart both on and off the movie screen, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on a verified Twitter account.

Jul 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, salty star of Broadway, dies at 89

By Bill Trott and Eric Kelsey

(Reuters) – Elaine Stritch, a husky-voiced actress whose performances over six decades lit up New York’s Broadway and London’s West End and brought a touch of the profane to the stage with her brassy personality, died on Thursday at age 89.

Stritch, who also had Emmy-winning roles on the television shows “30 Rock” and “Law & Order,” died at home in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of her native Detroit, from natural causes, her spokesman said. She had suffered from diabetes for several years and had been in declining health.

Jul 17, 2014

American stage actress Elaine Stritch dies at age 89

By Bill Trott and Eric Kelsey

(Reuters) – Elaine Stritch, whose husky voice and brassy demeanor dominated stages from New York’s Broadway to London’s West End in a career of more than 60 years, died at age 89 on Thursday, her spokesman said.

Stritch, who also had Emmy-winning roles on the television shows “30 Rock” and “Law & Order,” died in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of her native Detroit, from natural causes. She had suffered from diabetes for several years and had been in declining health.

Jun 25, 2014

Prolific U.S. character actor Eli Wallach dies at 98 – NYT

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Eli Wallach, an early
practitioner of method acting who made a lasting impression as
the scuzzy bandit Tuco in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, died
on Tuesday at the age of 98, the New York Times reported.

Wallach appeared on the big screen well into his 90s in
Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” and Oliver Stone’s “Wall
Street” sequel and other films.

May 28, 2014

U.S. author, poet, rights activist Maya Angelou dies at 86

By Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott

(Reuters) – American author and poet Maya Angelou, whose groundbreaking memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” earned her international acclaim with its unflinching account of rape and racism in the segregated South, died on Wednesday at age 86.

The prolific African-American writer, known for her lyrical prose and regal speaking voice, died quietly at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Angelou’s family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

May 28, 2014

U.S. author, poet Maya Angelou dies at 86

By Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – American author and poet Maya Angelou, an eloquent commentator on race and gender best known for her groundbreaking autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” has died at age 86 in North Carolina.

The prolific African-American writer died quietly at her home in Winston-Salem, Angelou’s family said in a statement on Wednesday.