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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Johanna Neuman
Robert S. Strauss, a one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95. A spokesman for Strauss' Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, confirmed his death but would release no other details. A U.S. trade representative in the Carter administration, Strauss was a poker-playing, cigar-chomping, power-lunch-eating rainmaker who was so successful at recruiting mega-clients that he stopped billing by the hour in the 1970s.
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NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
LOS OSOS, Calif. - He led an active electronic life, so the cyber silence was ominous. No emails. No posts to any of the thousand-plus friends on Facebook. When word finally surfaced, it wasn't from him. "If you have noticed Jim's absence from Facebook, there is a reason. He has been doing poorly for a week or so ... and yesterday they detected a mass in his brain. Having elected to have no extraordinary medical measures, he is at home in Los Osos and we are waiting for hospice to come.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer, This post has been updated as indicated below.
An Ohio attorney whose body was found in a Palm Springs hotel room in November died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Riverside County coroner's office said Wednesday. The Palm Springs Police Department has been investigating the death and will present its findings to the Riverside County district attorney's office for possible criminal charges, said Palm Springs Police Lt. Mitch Spike. Mark Walter Ruf, 48, was found dead on the floor of his room at the Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort on Nov. 13. Ruf's family had notified Palm Springs police after he failed to return from a vacation as scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 24-year-old man who was shot multiple times while in front of a Compton home Tuesday night was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities said the man was standing in front of a home in the 1700 block of Graham Avenue at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday when, according to witnesses, gunshots rang out. The Homicide Report: A story for every victim When they went to check on the man, they saw that he had been shot and took him to the backyard until...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By August Brown
A third person has died of injuries received last week after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, officials said. Sandy Le, 26, of Austin, who had been in critical condition with head injuries, died Monday at University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.  She was one of 22 people injured Thursday after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver attempted to evade a DWI checkpoint and plowed into a crowd of pedestrians outside the Mohawk nightclub, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Scott Asheton, the rhythmic anchor of the Stooges and a godfather of punk rock, died Saturday of unspecified causes. He was 64. Asheton's death was made public by Iggy Pop , now the sole surviving founding member of the Stooges, a group whose aggressiveness and divisiveness would in the late '60s and early '70s lay the foundation for punk and alternative rock. The Stooges' most recent publicity firm, Nasty Little Man, also acknowledged Asheton's death. “Scott was a great artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late fashion designer and model L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday, was best known for her work on the runway, and for her long romantic relationship with rock star Mick Jagger. Over the course of her career, though, Scott also served as a stylist to the stars and designed costumes for a handful of Hollywood movies. Scott was in her late 40s at the time of her death. Here's a look at her five most memorable films. "Diabolique" (1996): Scott served as the costume designer on this Jeremiah S. Chechik-directed thriller starring Sharon Stone as the mistress of a cruel headmaster (Chazz Palminteri)
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
IndyCar legend Gary Bettenhausen has died at age 72, officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Monday. Bettenhausen drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993, finishing as high as third in 1980 and leading 138 laps in 1972. He also was the top qualifier in 1991. A member of a famous racing family, Bettenhausen's father, Indy 500 veteran Tony Bettenhausen, was killed in a practice crash at the speedway in 1961. “Gary Bettenhausen was the perfect definition of a race car driver of his time," Indianapolis Motor Speedway  President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement.
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