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FILE -In a Dec. 5, 2012, file photo Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., speaks to witnesses, during a hearing on Superstorm Sandy on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, has died at age 89. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

N.J. Sen. Lautenberg dead at 89

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The next time a flight attendant reminds you there's no smoking or you witness a teenager getting carded at a liquor store, think of Frank Lautenberg.

The Democratic senator from New Jersey left his mark on the everyday lives of millions of Americans, whether they know it or not. In the 1980s, he was a driving force behind the laws that banned smoking on most U.S. flights and made 21 the drinking age in all 50 states.

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