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  • 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...
  • Augusto Odone dies at 80; used 'Lorenzo's oil' to treat ailing son

    Augusto Odone was a charismatic Italian economist whose job with the World Bank afforded a cosmopolitan lifestyle. But the important work he performed for impoverished countries paled by comparison to the job that began to consume him in 1984: saving...
  • PASSINGS: Raul Ramirez, Al Ruscio

    Raul Ramirez Award-winning investigative journalist Raul Ramirez, 67, an investigative newspaper journalist who went on to help build a prominent Northern California public radio news operation, died Friday at home in Berkeley, said San Francisco...
  • Manfred Rommel dies at 84; son of 'Desert Fox,' former German mayor

    Manfred Rommel, the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart and the son of the World War II field marshal dubbed the "Desert Fox," has died. He was 84. Rommel died Thursday, local authorities said in a statement on Stuttgart's official website....
  • Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the 'Greensboro Four'

    When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so...
  • Bill Eppridge dies at 75; took famed photo of RFK after shooting

    Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge was on assignment taking pictures of wild horses in the Montana mountains in 1968 when he got word that Robert F. Kennedy was running for president. "I jumped into my Jeep, drove about 20 miles down the worst...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fannie Mae posts 2nd-quarter profit, will pay U.S. $10.2 billion

    Fannie Mae posts 2nd-quarter profit, will pay U.S. $10.2 billion
    WASHINGTON -- Boosted by the housing market rebound, bailed-out mortgage-finance giant Fannie Mae posted its sixth straight quarterly profit in the April-June period and will pay an additional $10.2 billion in dividends to the federal government. The...
  • Sara Fritz dies at 68; former Times journalist

    Sara Fritz dies at 68; former Times journalist
    Sara Fritz, an award-winning journalist who covered politics on Capitol Hill for more than three decades, including 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, died Wednesday in Washington, D.C. She was 68. Fritz developed a lung infection after successful hip...
  • Treasury's Lael Brainard is reportedly considered for Fed board seat

    Treasury's Lael Brainard is reportedly considered for Fed board seat
    WASHINGTON -- With the Federal Reserve Board facing the potential departure of all its women members, President Obama reportedly is considering nominating a top female Treasury official, Lael Brainard, to fill one of the seats. Brainard, the...