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      Senate confirms Harris nomination to appeals court

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

      Harris fills a vacancy on the court created when Judge Andre Davis took senior status in February.

      The Fourth Circuit is based in Richmond and has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

      Harris is a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She previously served in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.

      The Potomac, Maryland, resident earned bachelor's and law degrees from Yale.

      The Senate confirmed the nomination Monday.

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