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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate has unanimously approved Gov. Jack Markell's nominations to fill vacancies on the state Supreme Court and Superior Court.

Senators on Wednesday confirmed Collins Seitz Jr. to succeed retired Supreme Court Justice Henry DuPont Ridgely. They also approved Jeffrey Clark, a Kent County lawyer, state Public Service Commission member, and former Senate attorney, for a Superior Court judgeship.

The votes came after friendly vettings by the Senate Executive Committee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate voted unanimously to start double checking the state's answers when it comes to standardized tests.

In a 46-0 vote on Wednesday, senators approved a bill to create a commission tasked with reviewing Maryland's system for testing public school students.

The 19-member commission, according to the legislation, will have a year to do its review after which it must present its findings to all local boards of education as well as the state.

Vice President Joe Biden has been more visible than almost any of his 46 predecessors in the nation's No. 2 office. He's had more access to the Oval Office and more input on policy than all but a handful.

But there is one VP duty Biden has never fulfilled, because he's never had a chance: He has never broken a tie in the Senate, which is a salient VP responsibility embedded in the Constitution. In these past six years and two months, there hasn't been a Senate tie to break.

When a 4-year-old comes home from pre-K proudly announcing that she spent her "choice time" playing on the computer, what's a parent to do?

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy." In the ruckus that ensued, three lawmakers were ejected and another walked out.

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A film said to be made in Syria shows a man on a chair. You can't really see where he is - maybe some cafe. But it's quiet. The camera never moves. The man looks at his hands. He stays silent for 40 seconds. At last, he speaks.

Last night was Empire's season finale, and at one of D.C.'s biggest Empire watch parties, a sharply dressed crowd of hundreds is huddled around every flat-screen in The Stone Fish Grill Lounge downtown.

"Here we go! Here we go! Here we go, come on everyone! Round of applause!" shouts one of the hosts for the night. "It's Empire time!"

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