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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton met Monday with officials of the Boston-based service organization City Year to discuss details of a new international fellowship program bearing his name.

Under the International Democracy Fellowship Program, young people will be recruited abroad to be trained in the United States to perform community service and promote racial, ethnic and religious harmony in their own countries.

Michael Brown, who helped found City Year in 1988, said the hourlong meeting was "to thank (Clinton) for establishing the program and to discuss organizational details" of the fellowships.

Brown said Clinton spoke in particular about how trained young people could work in the fields of health care and AIDS awareness, which are critical issues in many foreign countries.

"He said it was important to mobilize corps of young people to address these threats to democracy," Brown said.

The Clinton fellowships, begining in 2002, will go to young people from other countries to perform similar tasks in their own countries.

Citizens group's lawsuit
over Oneida casino rejected

UTICA (AP) -- A judge says a citizens group challenging the legality of the Oneida Indian Nation's gaming compact failed to show enough evidence that they were injured by the tribe's Turning Stone Casino.

However, State Supreme Court Justice John L. Murad ruled that Upstate Citizens for Equality could rework its lawsuit and try it again.

Leon Koziol, a lawyer for the group, said Monday it would amend its lawsuit and refile it.

In March 1999, the citizens group and its president, Scott Peterman, sued Gov. George E. Pataki, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and the Oneidas, arguing that the tribe's gaming compact with the state was invalid because it was never approved by the State Legislature.

Meanwhile, the Oneidas applauded Murad's decision, saying the ruling saved 3,000 jobs at the casino complex, tribal spokesman Mark Emery said Monday.

The Oneidas are the largest private employer in Oneida County and have doled out nearly $2 million in assistance to local governments and school districts since the casino opened in 1993, Emery said.

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