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  • Larry Speakes dies at 74; served as President Reagan's press secretary

    Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74. Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He...
  • 'Enforce the law? Who, us?'

    'Enforce the law? Who, us?'
    Despite having authority to regulate airline fees on international tickets, the U.S. Department of Transportation decided on Nov. 6, 2012 not to enforce its statutory requirement. This decision was in response to a formal July 2, 2012 complaint by...
  • Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85

    Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85
    Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85. Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif.,...
  • Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94; creator of the AK-47 assault rifle

    Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94; creator of the AK-47 assault rifle
    Interviewers always asked Mikhail Kalashnikov the same question and he always gave the same answer: Yes, he could sleep at night. Quite easily, thank you. Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, a cheap, simple, rugged assault rifle that became the weapon of...
  • Steve Jobs getting his own postage stamp in 2015

    IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then...
  • Meet "The Mask": Possibly world's most advanced computer spy outfit

    Meet "The Mask": Possibly world's most advanced computer spy outfit
    Governments. Embassies. Energy companies. Universities. Activists. They've all been victims of what researchers are calling one of the most advanced cybersecurity threats they've ever seen.  On Monday, a Kaspersky Lab security research team released...
  • U.S. intelligence gathering not likely to change much

    WASHINGTON — "I already won," Edward Snowden declared recently about the reaction to his disclosures of National Security Agency secrets. But as President Obama prepares to unveil new recommendations and rules for government surveillance in a...
  • Leonard Kerpelman dies at 88; lawyer in landmark school prayer case

    Leonard Kerpelman dies at 88; lawyer in landmark school prayer case
    Activist attorney Leonard J. Kerpelman, best known for representing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair in the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case that outlawed prayer in public schools, died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital of complications from a tumor. He was...
  • Frank Wess dies at 91; key player in major jazz ensembles

    Long before jazz pianist Billy Taylor became world-famous, he planned in high school to switch to saxophone. But then he heard the new kid in school — Frank Wess — play the horn. "He's the reason I don't play the tenor saxophone," Taylor...
  • Maxine Kumin dies at 88; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

    Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers,"...
  • PASSINGS: Mary Finch Hoyt, Antonia Bird, Francisco Mayoral, Bill Mazer

    Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington...