- Obama tells DNC fundraising crowd: ‘I’m not overly partisan’
- Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin
- Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi
- White House: More changes to contraception mandate coming
- ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’
- Netanyahu’s spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel
- Oregon vandals smear cars with doughnuts, pastries, chocolate bars
- Obama’s ‘Katrina moment’ leaves his favorability factor at 42 percent
- Feds tout nearly 200 arrests, $625K in seized cash in Texas border crackdown
- Joy Behar: Sarah Palin should be ‘turning letters over on some game show’
Shirley Lasswell, 84, ‘Pooh’ rights owner
Question of the Day
Mrs. Lasswell died of respiratory failure at her daughter’s Beverly Hills home, family spokesman Lonnie Soury said.
Mrs. Lasswell, born Shirley Ann Basso on May 27, 1923, was married to the late Stephen Slesinger, who in 1930 obtained U.S. and Canadian licensing and merchandising rights to Pooh, Christopher Robin and other characters created by British author A.A. Milne.
When her husband died in 1953, she took over development of the characters and creating clothing, dolls and other items.
She licensed Pooh to Disney in 1961, the first of two licensing agreements between Stephen Slesinger Inc. and the Walt Disney Co.
Stephen Slesinger Inc. sued Disney in 1991, claiming the company miscalculated royalties due under that deal. Disney denies additional royalties are owed.
A dismissal of Mrs. Slesinger’s main lawsuit is being appealed in state court.
In 1964, she married Fred Lasswell, the cartoonist behind “Snuffy Smith” and “Barney Google.” He died in 2001.
Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
- HURT: The cost of 'free' water in Detroit
- EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care
- Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
- Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq