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The Reagan Administration has asked a federal appeals court in California to overturn a lower-court ruling that freed a former Yale University student from his obligation to register for the draft.

The Justice Department filed a brief last week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking that panel to reinstate a federal indictment against David A. Wayte of Pasedena, Calif.

Last November, U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter dropped charges against Mr. Wayte, saying that the government has unfairly chosen to prosecute him as a result of his vocal opposition to the draft.

Late last month, the government also appealed a ruling by a federal district judge in Iowa who dropped charges against another nonregistrant, Russell Martin. In that case, the court ruled that Mr. Martin had no obligation to register for the draft after an initial sign-up period had expired.


Four New Hampshire Roman Catholic nuns--three teachers and a principal--have won the right to sue their bishop to get their jobs back.

The state supreme court ruled in late December that the nuns are entitled to a full hearing on the merits of their case in a lower trial court.

The nuns were fired in January 1982 without being given specific reasons for their dismissal. The suit is believed to be the first filed by nuns against a U.S. Catholic bishop.


The American Federation of Teachers has won a representation battle in Corpus Christi, Tex., against the National Education Association. By a 3-to-2 vote, the Corpus Christi-American Federation of Teachers won the exclusive right to consult with the school system on behalf of Corpus Christi's 2,100 teachers, who, like all teachers in Texas, do not have collective-bargaining rights.

Since 1981, the school system has held joint representational consultations with three groups representing teachers in the city. Prior to that, the aft affiliate had spoken on behalf of the teachers.

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