The Supreme Court Monday refused to postpone a Jan. 22 election under a redistricting plan designed to help elect a Hispanic to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the first time in 115 years.

The court rejected an emergency request by board members, who said the plan ordered by a federal judge is unlawful. The justices, however, took no action on a formal appeal by board members still pending before the high court.The court also agreed to decide whether news organizations enjoy any constitutional protection against being sued over broken promises of confidentiality.

The justices said they will consider reinstating a $200,000 award against Minnesota's two largest newspapers won by a news source whose identity was not kept confidential. The award had been thrown out by the Minnesota Supreme Court.