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Byline: George Avalos
Mar. 3--SAN FRANCISCO--Napster Inc. said Friday it plans to block music fans from downloading thousands of songs from the popular music-swapping online site this weekend, as a federal judge readied a court order that may close the controversial service.
The announcement was the latest twist in the long-running war between Napster and the world's record labels. Napster revealed it would filter out more than 1 million files of songs from the heavy metal band Metallica, rapper Dr. Dre, the major record labels and others in the music business.
The copyrighted songs on the list would all be blocked by the end of the weekend, Napster …