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Al and Tipper Gore to separate

From MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell and Adam Verdugo
NBC News confirms that after 40 years of marraige Al and Tipper Gore are separating. The Gores have nothing further to add to statement and will not have anything more to say. They ask for privacy at this time.

A source close say it was a mutual decision. The Gores said it was "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration." Both are still living in Nashville.

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