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Senate Passes New Bankruptcy Legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The biggest rewrite of bankruptcy laws in 27 years is about to turn the path to a debt-free second start, undertaken by more than 1 million Americans each year, into a road less traveled.

A bankruptcy overhaul bill the Senate passed by a 74-25 vote on Thursday would require people with incomes above a certain level to pay credit-card charges, medical bills and other obligations under a court-ordered bankruptcy plan