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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Senate panel approves Hagel for Pentagon chief

A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, voted to approve Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary at a time of turmoil for the military with looming budget cuts, a fresh sign of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and draw-down of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.