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Thomas M. Menino, 71 (1942 - 2014)
BOB SALSBERG, The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in...
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. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South...
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 political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.Mankiewicz died of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, said a family friend, journalist...
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 tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor Party...
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 the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83.Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors the supreme leader and picks a successor after his death....
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...
Jean-Claude Duvalier (2014)
EVANS SANON, The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that...
Shlomo Lahat, 56 (1957 - 2014)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87.Lahat's...
James Traficant (2014)
MARK GILLISPIE, The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — James Traficant, the colorful politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from...
Mike Harari, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972...
Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. (2014)
ALAN FRAM, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it...
Stefan Andrei, 83 (1931 - 2014)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.Andrei died Sunday at...
Joseph Persico, 84 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressGUILDERLAND, New York (AP) — A best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for then-New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller has died. Joseph Persico was 84.His wife, Sylvia...
Roger Clarke (2014)
DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died...
Albert Reynolds, 81 (1932 - 2014)
SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his...
Edmund Szoka, 86 (1927 - 2014)
MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II...
James Jeffords, 80 (1934 - 2014)
DAVE GRAM, The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an...
Sophie Masloff (2014)
KEVIN BEGOS, The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.She died at an area hospice, said...
Ricardo Izurieta, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Ricardo Izurieta, the general who succeeded dictator Augusto Pinochet as head of Chile's military, died Sunday at age 71.A statement from the Chilean army...
Fernand St Germain, 86 (1928 - 2014)
The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who represented Rhode Island in Congress for 28 years and co-sponsored a 1982 bill that deregulated savings and loans has died. Fernand St...
George Hansen, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — George Hansen, a former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Cornelison Funeral Home said. He was...
James Brady, 73 (1940 - 2014)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — James Brady, the White House press secretary gravely wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday, his family...
Paul Schell, 76 (1937 - 2014)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.Schell died Sunday morning at a...
Vic Atiyeh, 91 (1923 - 2014)
JONATHAN J. COOPER, The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died...
Ken Gray, 89 (1924 - 2014)
The Associated PressWEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray, who represented southern Illinois in Congress and earned the nickname the "Prince of Pork" for bringing $7 billion in...
Eduard Shevardnadze, 86 (1928 - 2014)
The Associated PressTBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, has died at the age of 86.His...
Alan Dixon (2014)
The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois has died. His son Jeffrey Dixon tells The Associated Press that the 86-year-old died Sunday at his home...
Leslie Manigat, 83 (1930 - 2014)
EVENS SANON, The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leslie Manigat, a prominent figure in the Haitian political establishment whose term as president was cut short by a military coup in...
Sen. Howard Baker, Jr., 88 (1925 - 2014)
CONNIE CASS, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" Repeated over and again in...
Ramon Jose Velasquez, 97 (1916 - 2014)
Associated Press, The Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former Venezuelan president Ramon Jose Velasquez, known for his role in opposing dictatorship in the South American country, has died...