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Senate confirms two N.C. federal judges

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed two new federal judges for North Carolina, including one who will take the bench where his father held court for nearly 16 years.

William Osteen Jr. of Greensboro was confirmed yesterday for a seat on the court for the state's middle district. Osteen's father is a federal judge in Greensboro and said he would leave the court so his son could serve. Federal law prohibits anyone closer than a first cousin from serving on the same federal court.

Martin Reidinger of Asheville also was confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge in North Carolina's western district.

Both new judges received undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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