This file photo taken on February 11, 1993 shows US President Bill Clinton (R) looking on after naming Miami prosecutor Janet Reno (L) to be attorney general during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC.
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Blunt-spoken Janet Reno, who served eight years as the first woman U.S. attorney general and authorized the deadly 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian cult compound in Texas just weeks into the job, died on Monday at age 78 .Reno died in Miami of Parkinson's disease complications, according to her goddaughter, Gabrielle D'Alemberte. Reno was diagnosed with the progressive central nervous system disorder in 1995 .Reno served as the United States' top law enforcement official during Democrat Bill Clinton's presidency from 1993 to 2001, becoming the longest-tenured attorney general of the 20th century.Reno was only 38 days into the attorney general's job when she approved the April 19, 1993, FBI raid that led to the deaths of about 80 people, including many children, at the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas.Reno was in the job longer than anyone except William Wirt, who held it from November 1817 until March 1829 .Reno was born on July 21, 1938, in Miami to parents who were newspaper reporters.
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