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In this Jan. 31 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chuck Hagel - Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator - faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination.

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