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Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, stands with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., on Jan. 28, 2008, during a rally for Obama at American University in Washington, where Obama was endorsed by Kennedy.
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Kennedy, dead at 77, called 'singular figure' in America's life

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.