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Md. flags flying at half-staff to honor NJ senator

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 2:11pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

The 89-year-old Democrat died Monday. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the U.S. and Maryland flags flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday.

Lautenberg served nearly three decades in the Senate in two stints. He first won a seat in the Senate in 1982 and served three terms, retiring in 2000. He won re-election again in 2002. He won his last race in 2008, becoming the first New Jersey politician ever elected to five Senate terms. Lautenberg had said he would not seek re-election in 2014. He was the oldest person in the Senate and the last of 115 World War II veterans to serve there.

A funeral is planned for Wednesday in Manhattan.

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