Sotomayor approved as Supreme Court judge

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The Independent US

Judge Sonia Sotomayor won US Senate approval yesterday to become the first Hispanic on the US Supreme Court.

The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines, 68-31, to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Sotomayor, a federal appeals judge in New York, for the lifetime appointment.

Sotomayor, 55, is expected to be sworn in on Saturday.

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