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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide another dispute involving race, whether people must prove they were victims of intentional housing discrimination to win lawsuits under federal law.

The justices said Monday they would take up a case involving the Fair Housing Act, which bars discrimination on the basis of race, among other categories, in residential property sales and rentals. The issue in the case is whether it is enough to show that a practice has an unintended, disproportionate effect on a group or whether there must be proof of intent to discriminate.

African-American and Hispanic residents of a neighborhood pegged for demolition and redevelopment in Mount Holly, N.J., sued the municipality to block the project, saying it targeted a predominantly minority area.

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