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Other cases before the court

In other action, the justices:

Heard arguments on whether criminal defendants should have a right to use lie-detector evidence in court.

Rejected an appeal aimed at removing the feeding tube of an Wisconsin woman with advanced Alzheimer's disease. In fact, the tube was removed last week _ well after the appeal was filed _ when doctors determined Edna Folz, 73, was in a persistent vegetative state.

Refused to shield committees formed by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences from a federal law allowing public scrutiny of governmental advisory groups.

Said the Clinton administration may participate in a Jan. 14 argument session over a key affirmative-action dispute in which a white New Jersey schoolteacher was laid off rather than an equally senior black teacher.

_ Associated Press

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