WASHINGTON -- A federal judge hinted Friday that he will uphold the National Credit Union Administration's decision to let a North Carolina credit union add groups that have no connection to its original sponsor.

The "common bond" that unites credit union members was "only for the purpose of ensuring the original creation and growth of credit unions," said Judge John H. Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, after heating arguments in the case.

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