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In this September 30, 2000 file photo, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Lindy Boggs speaks during a news conference in Rome. Boggs, of Louisiana, who fought for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was 97. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File)

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana dies at 97

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, a plantation-born Louisianan who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday. She was 97.

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