Lesley Gore, 68, singer known for pop hits from the 1960s, including “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me,” which became an anthem for the feminist movement.
By Walmart, that it will raise wages for a half-million employees to $9 an hour, above the federal minimum wage. The company said the initiative would cost $1 billion this fiscal year.
In a car accident, Bob Simon, 73, a 47-year veteran of CBS News who spent 19 seasons as a correspondent for 60 Minutes, often reporting from war zones. He won 27 Emmy Awards.
By President Obama, a bill to authorize construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The veto of the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico was only the third of Obama’s presidency.
Philip Levine, 87, a former U.S. poet laureate whose collection The Simple Truth won a Pulitzer Prize. He taught English for three decades at California State University at Fresno.
This appears in the March 09, 2015 issue of TIME.