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House approves bill to raise tax credits
The House approved legislation that would double the tax credit for the expenses of families who adopt a child.
The bill, passed 420-0 yesterday, would increase the adoption tax credit from $5,000 to $10,000. The credit for families that adopt children with special needs would rise from $6,000 to $10,000, and the income cap at which the credit begins to phase out would be increased from $75,000 to $150,000.

Court orders revision of Nazi slave-labor ruling

NEW YORK — A U.S. appeals court yesterday ordered a New York judge to amend a ruling on Nazi-era slave and forced-labor cases that was holding up compensation payments by Germany.
The courts decision removed a major obstacle to the payment of billions of dollars to the former slave and forced laborers.
Earlier this week, Judge Shirley Kram agreed to dismiss outstanding slave and forced-labor claims against Germany. But she included in her written ruling a condition, rejected by Germany, that would extend compensation payments to workers who filed complaints against Austrian banks that fell under Nazi German control.
The three-judge appeals court panel, in its written ruling, said it had issued a court writ ordering Judge Kram "to omit the imposition of conditions on foreign governments."

Shuster sworn in to succeed his father

Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania was sworn in yesterday to the House seat held for 28 years by his father, Rep. Bud Shuster, who was nicknamed "king of the roads" because of his vast influence on transportation policy.
The younger Shuster, also a Republican, is a car dealer who has never held elective office. He won a special election in the states 9th District Tuesday.

North Koreans in U.S. learn about farming

TIFTON, Ga. — A delegation of agriculture specialists from North Korea, where millions of people have died from malnutrition because of famine, is in Georgia to learn about advanced farming techniques.
The five representatives of the North Korean Academy of Agricultural Sciences toured irrigation systems and fields of corn, peanuts, cotton and soybeans at the University of Georgias Rural Development Center on Wednesday.

O.J. to Blake: Dont watch TV

LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson has some advice for actor Robert Blake, whose wife was shot to death this month: Dont watch TV.
"I know that watching TV is only going to frustrate him," Simpson told the syndicated TV show "Extra" for a segment scheduled to air yesterday.
Simpson also advised Mr. Blake against taking a lie-detector test.
Mr. Blakes wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, 45, was shot to death May 4 in her husbands car after the couple dined at a Studio City restaurant.

Study rejects bacterial genes claim

There is no evidence that genes that transferred from bacteria to human ancestors eons ago reside in the human genome, researchers said yesterday, disputing a claim by scientists who produced a genetic blueprint of people.
Scientists involved in the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium said in February they had identified more than 200 genes in the human genome whose closest relatives are in bacteria, suggesting that the genes infiltrated sometime in the evolutionary past.
But researchers at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., said they performed a more thorough analysis of the 31,780 human genes identified by the consortium, as well as the 26,544 human genes mapped by a separate group, and found no foundation for the claim.


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