Milestones

SWORN IN. SAMUEL ALITO, 55, conservative federal appeals court judge; as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing Sandra Day O'Connor; by fellow newcomer, Chief Justice John Roberts; in Washington. The 58-42 Senate vote, largely along party lines, included votes to confirm from just four Democrats, constituting the lowest total for an opposition party in modern history.

RE-ELECTED. TARJA HALONEN, 62, as President of Finland; in Helsinki. The Social Democrat's low-key campaign emphasized Finland's ties with neighboring Russia, the European Union and NATO, to which the country has moved closer in recent years. Ceding victory, former Finance...

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