WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined yesterday to review a lower court ruling that greatly increases the number of Californians eligible to participate in the state's veterans' mortgage bond program.

The U.S. high court's action came after Gov. Pete Wilson and other state officials this spring challenged a California Supreme Court decision that invalidated a state residency requirement for participation in the so-called Cal-Vet program, which uses tax-exempt bonds to provide home and farm loans to veterans.

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