05/07/2003 11:00PM

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A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit U.S. residents from using credit cards, checks, and electronic fund transfers for Internet gambling. According to racing lobbyists, the bill's language exempts horse racing account wagering operations. . . . The final Nielsen ratings for NBC's Kentucky Derby broadcast on Saturday were down 10 percent from last year. The full broadcast drew a 6.4 rating, compared with a 7.1 rating last year, with each rating point representing 1,067,000 households.