WASHINGTON - A federal judge has hinted that he might reverse a decision by the National Credit Union Administration to let a Houston institution open its doors to all metropolitan area residents 50 or older - about 500,000 people.

Lawyers representing the NCUA argued during a hearing that its decision - challenged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Texas bankers - represented a reasonable interpretation of the "common bond" that unites credit union members.

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