U.S. focused on promoting democracy in Libya

Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 11:13 a.m. CDT; updated 3:25 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials already were focused on helping the new Libyan leaders build a stable government before word came Thursday that former dictator Moammar Gadhafi was dead, seven months after the U.S. and NATO began their bombing campaign in Libya.