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Democrat Oberstar, Who Led U.S. House Transportation Panel, Dies

Former U.S. Representative James Oberstar, a one-time chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who devoted his lengthy congressional career to modernizing America’s roads, bridges and ports, died yesterday. He was 79.

Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat, died in his sleep at his home in Potomac, Maryland, according to the Associated Press. A cause of death wasn’t provided.