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Nation's briefs: Senate okays judge as No. 2 at justice

By Times Wires
Published March 4, 2008


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WASHINGTON

The Senate on Monday confirmed Mark R. Filip, 41, a federal judge from Chicago as Attorney General Michael Mukasey's second-in-command.

The deputy attorney general serves as the department's chief operating officer. In recent years, the deputy also has acted as the top liaison between Justice headquarters in Washington and the 93 U.S. attorney's offices around the country.

The confirmation restores the top tier of a Justice Department that lost many of its officials after a scandal over the firings of nine federal prosecutors, including Mukasey's predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, and Filip's predecessor, Paul McNulty.

Elsewhere

Colleges lock down: Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., locked down the campus Monday after a man was reported carrying a gun nearby. No shots were fired, the school said. Earlier Monday, police questioned a man who carried a gun into Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga. The college stayed under lockdown until around noon.

TACOMA, Wash.: A Fort Lewis soldier killed a married couple - fellow soldiers - and poured acid on their bodies in an attempt to dispose of them, a prosecutor said. Spc. Ivette Gonzalez Davila also is accused of taking the couple's 6-month-old girl. The 22-year-old was ordered held without bail.

WASHINGTON: An outbreak of hepatitis C at a Nevada clinic may represent "the tip of an iceberg" of safety problems at clinics around the country, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The city of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe practices.

Associated Press

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