September 4, 2005 3:00 AM

Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies at 80

William Hubbs Rehnquist, the 16th chief justice of the United States and leader of sweeping efforts to curb federal power and expand state authority, died Saturday night, ending a nearly yearlong fight with thyroid cancer. Court officials said Rehnquist, who was 80, died at home in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his three adult children. His death ends one of the 20th centurys most distinguished high court careers and is likely to touch off a heavily financed and bitterly partisan battle over his replacement.

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