Highlights of actions taken Tuesday by the Supreme Court. The justices:

_Ruled 6-3 that the Bush administration could not use a federal drug law to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die, protecting Oregon's one-of-a-kind assisted-suicide law.

_Refused to hear an appeal from families of New York firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, to allow them to go forward with a lawsuit against New York City and Motorola for supplying the rescuers with faulty radios.

_Rebuffed an appeal for a new trial for a reputed mob associate who claimed that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped him avoid a conviction for looting a small New Jersey printing company's pension fund.

_Rejected an appeal from an anti-war protester convicted of violating the boundaries of a ``restricted area'' established during President Bush's visit to South Carolina in 2002.

_Declined to block lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of gypsies, Jews, Serbs and others who claim that the Vatican Bank received valuables stolen by Nazi sympathizers during World War II.

_Refused to hear the case of a Wyoming woman, Rita Ann Humphrey, charged with the 1977 shooting death of her husband.


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