Today in the news: Margaret Thatcher remembered as 'great Briton'

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at 87, according to The Associated Press. Flags at Buckingham Palace were lowered to half mast, and a spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth II said the monarch would be sending a private message of sympathy to Thatcher's family. Thatcher was known as "The Iron Lady," and worked to modernize Britain's industrial system during her time in office. David Cameron, current British Prime Minister, called her "a great Briton" earlier today.

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