SWORN IN. JOHN ROBERTS , 50, as the 17th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; after a Senate confirmation vote of 78 to 22; making him the youngest Chief Justice since 1801; in Washington.

DISMISSED. A LAWSUIT demanding damages by 188 plaintiffs offended by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's three visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors soldiers killed in past wars, among them 14 Class-A war criminals; by the Osaka High Court; in Osaka. Although the court rejected the demands for nominal payments of $90 per plaintiff from Koizumi, the Japanese government and the shrine, its judgment also...

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