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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved John Roberts' nomination as the next Supreme Court chief justice, virtually assuring the conservative judge confirmation by the Senate next week.
Three Democrats joined the committee's 10 majority Republicans in a 13-5 vote to advance the nomination to the full Senate.
Five Democrats — Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Joseph Biden of Delaware, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Charles Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois — opposed Roberts.