XML query output question

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I am toying around with 2 solutions to an xml report I have to generate.  1 way is via XML in SQL 2005.

I have this query below.  

with xmlnamespaces ('uri' as tns)
select id as 'tns:id',
field1 as 'tns:field1',
field2 as 'tns:field2',
field3 as 'tns:field3',
field4 as 'tns:field4'
from reporting.xmlreport
where pid = 17591
for xml path('tns:TPO'), root('tns:Claim')

The output is fine except for the very first xml element

<tns:Claim xmlns:tns="uri">

This element should simply be
<tns:Claim >

How is this done?  I know its a problem for how I am using the xml namespaces, but I can't find a way to use the namespace and not have that xmlns:tns="uri" part included.
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Well the concept of a namespace is actually giving it a name.  If you want the generic SQL XML name space use this
WITH XMLNAMESPACES ('urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-sql' as sql)

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