US Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief
A US Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate as soon as later this week.


The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11, with one senator voting "no instruction," along party lines to approve the former Nebraska Republican senator's confirmation to succeed Leon Panetta as the leader at the Pentagon. (Reuters)