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AIDS survey finds people misinformed

ATLANTA A survey of what people know about AIDS found that four out of 10 mistakenly believe it is possible to get the disease by sharing a drinking glass or being coughed or sneezed on by an infected person.

The survey was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The AIDS virus is most commonly spread through sexual contact or sharing a needle with an infected person. Between 800,000 and 900,000 Americans have been infected with HIV.

Skinhead gets life for hate crime murder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A teen-age white supremacist who killed a 6-year-old black girl when he opened fire with an assault rifle on the home of a biracial family was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.

Jessy Roten, 19, was convicted last month of murdering Ashley Mance on April 3, 1999, and wounding two other children when he fired into the home.

Roten was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The jury also ruled the shooting was a hate crime, which allows a longer sentence.

'Most distant object' closer than thought

PASADENA, Calif. A galaxy near the Big Dipper constellation that once was believed to be the "most distant object known" is closer than originally thought, scientists said yesterday.

The faint galaxy, informally known as "Sharon," was first seen last year in images captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. Scientists now say the galaxy is likely about 10 billion light years away, rather than 12.5 billion light years, as first believed.

Wisconsin votes out punch-card ballots

MADISON, Wis. There will be no more chads in Wisconsin after next year.

Prompted in part by problems reported with punch-card ballots in the Florida presidential election, Wisconsin election officials voted unanimously Wednesday to revoke approval of their use.

About 7 percent of the state's voters scattered among 51 municipalities used punch cards in the Nov. 7 election.

Recount confirms win for Gore

SANTA FE, N.M. A last-minute recount in one New Mexico county has confirmed Democrat Al Gore as the winner in the state.

The late recount in Roosevelt County trimmed Mr. Gore's lead over Republican George W. Bush by 115 votes to 368 out of nearly 600,000 cast in New Mexico.

New Mexico has five electoral votes.

Charlotte schools segregated, court says

RICHMOND A federal appeals court yesterday refused to free the school system in Charlotte, N.C., from nearly three decades of court oversight, saying there are still vestiges of segregation in the nation's first major urban district to use busing to achieve racial balance.

A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals largely overturned a federal judge's ruling last year that held that the school system is integrated and that race no longer should be considered when assigning students to schools.

Busing in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system was first ordered by a federal judge in 1969 and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.

California high court strikes down quotas

SAN FRANCISCO In a victory for California's ban on race and sex preferences, the state's Supreme Court yesterday struck down a city program encouraging outreach to women and minorities for public contracts.

The court said the San Jose, Calif., ordinance requiring firms bidding for city business to show they use minority and women subcontractors or have attempted to contract them for work was a clear violation of Proposition 209, the 1996 measure that ended affirmative action programs in the nation's most populous state.

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