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J. California Cooper, novelist and playwright, dies at 82

Ms. Cooper wrote plays, novels and short stories focused on the lives of African American women.

Nicolae Corneanu, Romanian Orthodox bishop, dies at 90

The bishop was praised for speaking out about his past collaboration with the communist government.

John Mack Carter, magazine editor, dies at 86

Mr. Carter spent decades as the editor of McCall’s, Ladies’ Home Journal and Good Housekeeping.

James A. Traficant Jr., expelled congressman, dies at 73

James A. Traficant Jr., expelled congressman, dies  at 73

A glib master of the outrageous, Mr. Traficant was convicted of corruption and expelled from Congress.

Oleg Ivanovsky, Soviet rocket scientist, dies at 92

Oleg Ivanovsky, Soviet rocket scientist, dies at 92

Mr. Ivanovsky was a key designer of Vostok I, the craft used in the first manned space flight in 1961.

High-profile police chief Joseph McNamara, 79, dies

High-profile police chief Joseph McNamara, 79, dies

As a California police chief, Mr. McNamara was critical of the war on drugs, the gun lobby and Daryl Gates.

Guinter Kahn, who helped develop baldness remedy, dies

Guinter Kahn, who helped develop baldness remedy, dies

Dr. Kahn, 80, a South Florida dermatologist, shared a patent for minoxidil, an ingredient in Rogaine.

Christopher Hogwood, British conductor, dies at 73

Christopher Hogwood, British conductor, dies at 73

Mr. Hogwood founded the Academy of Ancient Music, an ensemble that used period instruments.

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Notable deaths of 2014

A look at those who have died this year.

James Traficant dies at 73

Ohio congressman, 73, was convicted on corruption charges and served time in prison.

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

Bacall, widow to late actor Humphrey Bogart, played major roles in such films as “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.”

The life of former U.S. senator Howard Baker

The Senate majority leader and White House chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan died June 26 at age 88.

Notable deaths of 2014

A look at those who have died this year.

Herb Jeffries (1911-2014)

Herb Jeffries, historic actor and jazz musician has died.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

The Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” influenced generations of writers around the world.

Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

The former singer, actor and dancer dies at age 93.