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787 Dreamliner cleared for takeoff after battery issue

Crowds gather to watch the new Boeing Dreamliner 787 arrive at Manchester Airport during it's tour of the world on April 24, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)
Crowds gather to watch the new Boeing Dreamliner 787 arrive at Manchester Airport during it's tour of the world on April 24, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 4/19/2013 5:09 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Boeing 787 will be in the air again soon. 

Federal officials have accepted Boeing's revamped battery system for its beleaguered 787 Dreamliners and intend to lift a 3-month-old order grounding the planes. 

Lifting the grounding order gives Boeing the go-ahead to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system. 

The root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one of the planes and smoke on another remains unknown. 

Flights for the 787 could resume within a week.

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