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Los Angeles sues over 2000 census

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city, said yesterday it was filing a lawsuit to stop the commerce secretary from making crucial decisions on national census data that are normally made by an independent authority.
The 2000 census, which determines the allocation of federal funds to states and local communities as well as how many seats each state has in the House of Representatives, has become a political football because several million Americans typically minorities and the poor are thought to have been undercounted or not counted at all.
Commerce Secretary Don Evans last week stripped the Census Bureau of the authority to decide whether to statistically adjust the national tally to account for those missed, saying he would make the final decision himself.
Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn told reporters in a telephone conference yesterday the city would seek a temporary restraining order blocking Mr. Evans' decision.

Roger Clinton charged with drunken driving

LOS ANGELES Former President Bill Clinton's half-brother was charged yesterday with drunken driving following his arrest over the weekend in nearby Hermosa Beach.

Roger Clinton, 44, also was charged with disturbing the peace and challenging someone to a fight in a public place.

Hermosa Beach police spokesman Paul Wolcott said Mr. Clinton made a belligerent threat to a nightclub doorman for refusing to let him back inside.

Mr. Clinton was freed on his own recognizance pending his April 2 arraignment on the three misdemeanor counts. He could face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted, police said.

Mr. Clinton was arrested shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Hermosa Beach.

An officer reported seeing Mr. Clinton driving his Ford Expedition recklessly. A breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol level met or exceeded the legal limit, authorities said.

New witness may take stand in 'Puffy' trial

NEW YORK Prosecutors rested their case yesterday in the gun possession and bribery trial of rap star Sean "Puffy" Combs, but they may call another witness a man whose argument with Mr. Combs allegedly triggered the shooting in a nightclub in 1999 that led to charges against the rapper.
The witness, Matthew "Scar" Allen, was tracked down in Maryland Tuesday night after being missing since an interview with prosecutors Jan. 3, said a detective who testified yesterday.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Charles Solomon reserved judgment on whether to allow Mr. Allen to testify. Attorneys for Mr. Combs and two other defendants have yet to present their cases.

Couple face child-porn charges

MILWAUKEE Two self-avowed nudists were charged with incest and sexual assault after a repairman told police he found pornography on their computer, including some depicting their 8-year-old daughter.
Prosecutor Paul Dedinsky said child pornography charges were also expected to be filed, based on material seized at the couple's home last week.
The child outlined a variety of sexual activity that she said she engaged in with her parents, according to the complaint. Her mother acknowledged that some inappropriate contact may have occurred, but the father largely denied the allegations, the complaint said.
Mr. Dedinsky said the daughter was being kept in a foster home.

Costs keep poor out of college

More low-income students are qualifying for college these days, but rising costs, inadequate grants and a shift from need-based financial-aid programs are keeping them out, a congressional advisory panel said yesterday.
The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which oversees financial aid programs, said increasing numbers of low-income students are graduating from high school academically prepared to enter college, but they face a system that is focused on middle-class students.

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