LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's $5 million-plus lawsuit against the Star supermarket tabloid for saying their marriage was on the rocks will stay in state court.

A federal judge has rejected the Star's motion to have the lawsuit moved to federal court.

The actors filed their lawsuit July 24 after the tabloid refused to print a retraction of two stories last summer that the couple say were false and defamatory.

``Defendants like to go to federal court because judges and juries are much more conservative in federal court,'' the couple's attorney, Marty Singer, said Tuesday, a day after the ruling was made public.

An answering machine message left late Tuesday at Star headquarters in Tarrytown, N.Y., was not immediately returned.

Willis has said the lawsuit wasn't filed ``for financial gain but to protect our reputation.''