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Senate panel backs nominee to top NY court

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination Tuesday of a longtime jurist to fill a vacancy on New York's top court, with all the senators giving her a standing ovation afterward. The committee voted unanimously after some senators said Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was the best-qualified nominee they had seen in decades. If confirmed by the full Senate as...

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