WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday left intact lower court rulings upholding a New York City tax on financial corporations and a controversial California levy on multinational firms.

The court, acting on more than 1,500 petitions for review as it launched its 1992-93 term, also agreed to examine a Jacksonville, Fla., affirmative action program. In addition, it asked the solicitor general to provide the views of the federal government in a dispute over airport user fees assessed on the nation's major airlines.

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