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Senate confirms Sally Q. Yates as deputy attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Sally Quillian Yates to be deputy attorney general, putting two women in the top posts at the Justice Department.

The vote was 84-12.

Last month, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch’s confirmation came after a protracted fight over a sex trafficking bill and amid disputes over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Yates has been the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia since 2010, the first woman in that job.

She replaces former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who stepped down in January. She has been the acting deputy since earlier this year.

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