Big news out of Washington D.C.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been found dead. He was 79.

According to NBC Connecticut, Scalia was originally from Queens, New York and was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. The U.S. Supreme Court Justice was also a lawyer by trade and served as general counsel for President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. He was a conservative who became known for his blunt dissents.

The Bethel Patch reports that Justice Scalia was on a hunting trip in West Texas and was staying at a luxury resort. He was found in his room when he did not show for breakfast Saturday morning.

The Patch also points out that Scalia's death leaves a seat open during an election year. One of the questions posed in the article is, "whether the Republican Congress will entertain any nomination from President Obama."

As this story is just breaking, we will keep you updated as more information is released.

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