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Claude Dilain, 66 (1948 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Claude Dilain, a Socialist politician who became a leading advocate for France's most troubled and impoverished neighborhoods as mayor of a town at the heart of three weeks of rioting in 2005, has died, officials said. He was 66.He died at a Paris hospital of complications from a recent heart attack, said Lamya Monkachi, an adviser to Dilain when he was mayor of...
Natalia Revuelta Clews, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Natalia Revuelta Clews, the Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her diamond jewelry to support Fidel Castro when he was a little-known insurgent, has died. She was 89.Revuelta, who first caught the eye of the young revolutionary in 1952, opened her home for Castro to plot a barracks assault the following year that is...
Deedee Corradini, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deedee Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, has died. She was 70.Corradini died Sunday at her home in Park City from the effects of lung cancer, according to a Women's Ski Jumping USA news release. As the president of that organization for 10 years, she led a push to get women's...
Tom Schweich, 54 (1960 - 2015)
By DAVID A. LIEB, The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, an outspoken critic of the uncompromising nature of modern politics, is expected to speak Tuesday at a memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who fatally shot himself not long after entering a combative campaign for governor. Many of Missouri's top elected officials were to join...
Deng Liqun, 99 (1915 - 2015)
The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — Deng Liqun, a former conservative propaganda chief known for his criticism of China's economic reforms, died Tuesday in Beijing of illnesses, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. He was 99.Xinhua did not specify the illnesses.Unrelated to Deng Xiaoping, the former Chinese leader who championed economic reforms after decades of class struggle, Deng...
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, 56 (1958 - 2015)
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, The Associated Press TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest...
Richard von Weizsaecker, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he...
Zhelyu Zhelev, 79 (1935 - 2015)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He...
John Myers, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressCOVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died.Owner Robert Shelby of Shelby Funeral Home in...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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 —...
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...