WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court took the following actions Monday:

_Let stand Timothy McVeigh's conviction and death sentence for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more, the worst such attack on U.S. soil. McVeigh argued his trial was tainted by jury misconduct and news reports that he confessed to his lawyers. He still can pursue a new round of appeals in federal court.

_Refused to free filmmaker Oliver Stone from a lawsuit that says his movie, ``Natural Born Killers,'' led a couple to shoot a woman during a robbery. The lawsuit accuses Stone and others of intentionally inciting copycat crimes. The filmmakers say the lawsuit threatens freedom of expression.

_Rejected the appeal of a Missouri high school teacher fired for letting her students use large amounts of profanity in class while performing self-written plays. School officials said she violated a policy requiring teachers to enforce a ban on students' use of profanity.

_Turned away Marlena Ramallo Cooke's appeal in her effort to avoid being deported over a 1986 guilty plea to a drug conspiracy charge. She is the widow of Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the Washington Redskins professional football team.

_Agreed to clarify the filing deadline for lawsuits that invoke a federal anti-racketeering law. The justices said they will study the case of a Texas man who says he was illegally held in a psychiatric hospital by profit-greedy doctors.

_Turned away a dispute between Santa Barbara, Calif., officials and anti-abortion activists over the city's restrictions on how close demonstrators can approach abortion clinics or their patients.