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Ted Stevens dies at 86; Alaska's U.S. senator for 40 years
Ted Stevens dies at 86; Alaska's U.S. senator for 40 years

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, 86, who died in a plane crash Monday, was a brusque political patron who dominated Alaska's transformation from wild frontier to modern state until he became entangled in corruption charges. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican in Senate history and an unrivaled federal benefactor for his state when his political career came to a stormy end less than two years ago. After 40 years in office, the senator narrowly lost a bid for reelection in 2008, one week after he was convicted in a federal corruption trial. A judge later tossed out the verdict and accused prosecutors of misconduct. But the episode had already cut short a political reign built on the...

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