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Thousands of drug cases tied to a state-run Amherst drug lab will be dismissed, and the state attorney general’s office will bear the costs, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The decision is the result of the court’s finding that prosecutors withheld evidence about a state chemist’s wrongdoing.

In A Year Of Reckoning, The Skies Are Full of Us

Oct 10, 2018
The Milky Way.
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“A woman in the shape of a monster / A monster in the shape of a woman / The skies are full of them.”

Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice. That much is certain after senators narrowly approved his controversial nomination Saturday, putting an end to his bitter confirmation battle with a slim vote in his favor.

But even as one phase of Kavanaugh's story ends, another is beginning: His lifetime tenure on the highest court in the U.S. And this story promises to last much longer.

Updated at 11:31 p.m. ET

A sharply divided Senate — reflecting a deeply divided nation — voted almost entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A little more than two hours later, Kavauangh was sworn in during a private ceremony as protesters stood on the court's steps.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
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The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether to move forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live, starting around 9:30 a.m.

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