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King Abdullah, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By LEE KEATH and ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long have held a lock on all aspects of society, King Abdullah's incremental reforms echoed mightily. When Abdullah took the unprecedented step of opening a new university where men and women could mix...
Wendell Ford, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM, The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared him to voters in a state that once thrived on tobacco and coal, has died at age 90. Ford's health had declined in the last two weeks, said Mike Ruehling, who had worked for him both as governor and...
Robert E. White, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Robert E. White, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and strong critic of U.S. policy in the region during the Central American wars, has died at age 88, according to the Washington-based Center for International Policy where he was a senior fellow .White, who died Tuesday of cancer, spent 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was ambassador to El...
Jozef Olesky (2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven accusations of spying for Russia, died Friday. He was 68.An official with Oleksy's Democratic Left Alliance party, Krzysztof Gawkowski, said Oleksy died after a long, serious illness. He was being treated...
Arch Alfred Moore, Jr., 91 (1923 - 2015)
The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia Gov. Arch Alfred Moore Jr. possessed personal charisma, strong oratory gifts and an uncanny ability to recall names — attributes that helped him score important political victories and establish himself as the most successful Republican of his era in a Democrat-dominated state. But his successes were also deeply tainted...
Martin Anderson, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated Press PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Martin Anderson, a top domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and author of several books about his life and legacy, has died. He...
Edward W. Brooke, 95 (1919 - 2015)
By SYLVIA WINGFIELD and MARK PRATT, The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to...
Mario Cuomo, 82 (1932 - 2015)
By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL HILL, The Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Mario Cuomo had a loud and liberal voice that inspired a generation of politicians to turn to public service, and a...
Omar Karami, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) — Former Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami died Thursday at the age of 80 after suffering from an undisclosed illness, the government said.Karami died Thursday...
James B. Edwards, 87 (1927 - 2014)
By BRUCE SMITH, The Associated PressCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan...
Mike Mokrzycki (2014)
The Associated PressWEST NEWBURY, Massachusetts (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business...
David Garth (2014)
By KILEY ARMSTONG and JONATHAN LEMIRE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Powerful political adviser David Garth, who spearheaded the creation of the modern political TV commercial and helped...
Rose Clayton Cochran (2014)
By JACK ELLIOTT JR., The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Rose Clayton Cochran — who became a focal point in the re-election campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was...
John Driggs, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, who is credited with helping establish a group of mountain parks in the desert city, has died at the age of 87.Mayor Greg...
Herman Badillo, 85 (1929 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Herman Badillo, a New York City politician who became the first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman, died Wednesday morning. He was 85.The...
Dennis Walaker, 73 (1941 - 2014)
By DAVE KOLPACK, The Associated PressFARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo, North Dakota, Mayor Dennis Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state's largest city through several successful...
Corinne Pulliam Quayle (2014)
The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Corinne Pulliam Quayle, the mother of former vice president Dan Quayle and a newspaper owner and publisher, has died. She was 92. Pulliam Quayle died of...
Marion Barry, 78 (1936 - 2014)
BEN NUCKOLS, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking...
William Frenzel, 86 (1928 - 2014)
JEFF BAENEN, The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Rep. William "Bill" Frenzel, a deficit hawk who spent 20 years in the U.S. House and later successfully helped lobby for the...
Jane Byrne, 80 (1934 - 2014)
By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jane Byrne, who capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history and...
Kakha Bendukidze (2014)
The Associated PressTBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Kakha Bendukidze, the author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia's post-Soviet economy, has died in London where he was recovering from heart...
Marge Roukema, 85 (1929 - 2014)
BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated PressTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Marge Roukema, a New Jersey Republican who spent more than two decades in Congress sparring regularly with ideologues within her party,...
Phil Crane (2014)
MICHAEL TARM, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime Illinois U.S. Rep. Phil Crane — an anti-tax crusader and ardent advocate of limited government even before those views became a...
Former US Rep. Lane Evans, 63 (1951 - 2014)
JASON KEYSER, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Rep. Lane Evans, a Vietnam War-era Marine who fought for veterans' rights during his 24 years in the U.S. House, has died after a...
Thomas M. Menino, 71 (1942 - 2014)
PHILIP MARCELO, The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of the most beloved, was remembered at his funeral Monday as "the doer of small things,"...
President Michael Sata, 77 (1937 - 2014)
NOEL SICHALWE, The Associated Press LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness....
Frank Mankiewicz, 90 (1924 - 2014)
JENNIFER C. KERR, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as...
Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, 83 (1931 - 2014)
The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing...
Gough Whitlam, 98 (1916 - 2014)
ROD McGUIRK, The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short...
Tom Slade (1936 - 2014)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Slade, who led the Republican Party of Florida as Jeb Bush and the GOP rose to power, died Monday after being hospitalized last week for heart...