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New York (AFP) – The Dow stock index topped 18,000 for the first time on Tuesday, rising in the opening moments of trade following a strong report on U.S. economic growth.

Shortly after the market’s 1430 GMT open, the Dow stood at 18,008.57, up 49.13 points (0.27 percent).

The S&P 500 gained 6.26 (0.30 percent) to 2,084.80, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 10.48 (0.22 percent) at 4,791.90.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) declared on Sunday morning that she will oppose any Republican attempt to move ahead with a Supreme Court nomination to fill the seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," said Murkowski in a statement released by her office. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed."

The Alaska Republican joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announced determination to replace Ginsburg with a Trump appointee. If McConnell loses two more Republican votes, he will be unable to move a nomination before Election Day.