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Senator Ted Kennedy dies at 77

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty, has died. He was 77.

One of the most influential senators in history, Kennedy died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer.

In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents, his assassinated brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them. Older brother Joseph was killed during World War II and Robert was felled by an assassin's bullet in 1968.

It fell to Ted Kennedy to deliver the eulogies, to comfort his brothers' widows and to mentor fatherless nieces and nephews. In the Senate, Kennedy compiled an impressive list of
legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education and more.

There's been praise from Republicans and Democrats, including President Barack Obama, who calls Kennedy "the greatest United States senator of our time."

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