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More Americans are using the Internet, including women, minorities and people with lower and medium incomes, although people using the Web continue to be divided by income and age, a new report says.

Sixteen million more adults in the U.S. had access to the Internet in the last half of 2000, bringing the total to 104 million or, 56 percent of the adult population, says the report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The report also found that 30 million children, or 45 percent of those under 18, have online access, The New York Times reported Feb. 19.

Nearly three-fourths of those in middle school and high school have access, compared with nearly one-third of those under 12.

Fifty-eight million Americans logged in during an average day at the end of 2000, or 9 million more than in the middle of the year.

Women, minorities and people with annual incomes of $30,000 to $50,000 were among the groups of Web users that grew the most in the second half of the year.

However, 82 percent of those in households with more than $75,000 in income have Internet access, compared with 38 percent of those in households earning less than $30,000.

And 75 percent of those 18 to 29 have access, compared with 15 percent of those 65 and older.

Nielsen/NetRatings recently released a survey that found 60 percent of the U.S. population has Internet access.

For full story, go to The New York Times.

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