Obama: Sotomayor as first Hispanic justice moves country ‘closer to the more perfect union’

Obama welcomes Sotomayor as first Hispanic justice

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my-YOR) achievement in becoming the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court is an inspiration for young and old alike.

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Fla. hospital defends deportation of brain-injured Guatemalan patient without health insurance

Fla. hospital defends secretly deporting patient

STUART, Fla. — All sides agree on one thing in the strange case of a South Florida hospital that secretly repatriated a seriously brain injured patient back to Guatemala.

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Judge rules that NYC discriminates against black, Hispanic firefighter recruits

Judge: NYC unfair to minority firefighter recruits

NEW YORK — The city has discriminated against minorities in its hiring of firefighters, causing blacks and Hispanics to comprise only 10 percent of the fire department’s work force even though most city residents are minorities, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Suburban Philly pool faces discrimination suit; day camp leader says children won’t return

Suburban Philly pool faces discrimination suit

PHILADELPHIA — A suburban Philadelphia swim club’s board should resign to settle claims that the club canceled the pool memberships of dozens of minority children because of their race, a lawyer for most of the children’s families said Monday.

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Civl rights group Sotomayor advised brought case similar to Connecticut firefighters’ dispute

Group Sotomayor belonged to sued over job tests

WASHINGTON — Newly available documents show that a civil rights group advised by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor brought several discrimination lawsuits in the 1980s that sought to scrap the results of job tests because too few Hispanics scored well.

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Ohio teen pleads no contest in Hispanic boy’s parking lot noose attack, gets 10 days in jail

Ohio teen sentenced in parking lot noose attack

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A central Ohio teenager accused of putting a noose around a Hispanic boy’s neck and dragging him in a parking lot has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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Obama tries to deflect heat from Sotomayor, saying she would have restated words in 2001 speech

Obama tries to deflect criticism from Sotomayor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. “I’m sure she would have restated it,” Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.

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White House: Sotomayor used ‘poor’ word choice in controversial 2001 speech

White House: Sotomayor says she chose word poorly

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge.

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AP sources: Women and Hispanics dominate Obama’s list of possible high-court nominees

AP sources: Obama considering 6 for high court

WASHINGTON — Focusing on specific candidates for the nation’s highest court, President Barack Obama is considering a diverse list dominated by women and Hispanics. The six names confirmed as being under review by Obama include three judges, two members of his administration and one governor.

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AP source: Obama considering Carlos Moreno, more than 6 others as Supreme Court nominee

Source: Obama considers more than 6 for high court

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering a list of more than six contenders for the Supreme Court that is dominated by women and Hispanics, one that includes judges and leaders from own his administration who have never donned a judicial robe.

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