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    Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday, hearing arguments in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative-action policies in higher education and elsewhere.

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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy could be a key vote in an affirmative action case. The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Wednesday.

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