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  • Ben Bradlee, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Ben Bradlee

    NANCY BENAC, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the...

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  • Oscar de La Renta, 80 (1934 - 2014)

    Oscar de La Renta

    SHELLEY ACOCA, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of...

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  • Raphael Ravenscroft, 60 (1954 - 2014)

    Raphael Ravenscroft

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos of all time on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," has died. He was 60.Ravenscroft's family says he died Sunday after being taken to a hospital near his home in Exeter, southwest England. The BBC said a heart attack was the suspected cause of death.The bluesy eight-bar sax riff helped...

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  • Nelson Bunker Hunt, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Nelson Bunker Hunt

    The Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88.Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said.Hunt was among the world's wealthiest men. His father was...

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  • Raymond Beadle, 70 (1943 - 2014)

    Raymond Beadle

    The Associated PressWACO, Texas (AP) — Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70.The NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.Beadle fielded his first NASCAR team in...

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