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Ted Kennedy Dead at Age 77

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HYANNIS PORT, Mass. - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,
the liberal lion of the Senate, has died after battling a brain
tumor. He was 77.
      Kennedy's family announced his death in a brief statement
released early Wednesday.
      For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a dominant
voice on health care, civil rights, war and peace, and more. To the
American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving
brother of a storied political family.
      Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when his brother John
was president, and served longer than all but two senators in
      Over the decades, Kennedy put his imprint on every major piece
of social legislation to clear the Congress.