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Hilary Clinton is new secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is now Secretary of State.

After Senate confirmation late this afternoon, Clinton was sworn in as the nation's 67th secretary of state in her office in the Russell Senate Office Building. Attending the private ceremony were her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and her Senate staff.

According to her office, Clinton used the Bible that belonged to her late father. To assume the office, she submitted her resignation as senator in twin letters to Vice President Joe Biden, as president of the Senate, and to New York Gov. David Paterson.

The former first lady plans to be on the job at the State Department tomorrow. It's expected she'll address employees in the main lobby in the morning. That's become a tradition of sorts for secretaries of state on their first day on the job.                

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