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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) – 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.