The U.S. Senate confirmed a new judge Tuesday for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Birmingham lawyer Kevin Newsom will fill a vacant seat on the Atlanta-based court that handles federal appeals for Georgia, Florida and Alabama. The vote was 66-31.

The news of Newsom’s confirmation was upstaged somewhat by the nearly unanimous vote also Tuesday to confirm Christopher Wray of Atlanta’s King & Spalding as FBI director.

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