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NYC Investigation Probes Christie Admin and Port Authority

Chris ChristieManhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. subpoenaed a broad range of records last month from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a person familiar with the matter said, seeking information on some of the agency's highest-profile projects and correspondence among its top officials.

The subpoena, whose existence hadn't previously been disclosed, seeks correspondence among current and former authority officials and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on topics including the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, various projects in New Jersey and the PATH transportation hub in lower Manhattan, the person said.

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Feds halts seizure of Nevada rancher's cattle, citing safety concerns

BLM loses fight with rancherFearing for their safety as armed protesters gathered in the Nevada back country, federal officials on Saturday suddenly ended a controversial effort to seize hundreds of cattle that a rancher has kept illegally on public land.

The cattle ranch's owner, Cliven Bundy, and hundreds of armed supporters had threatened to forcefully keep Bureau of Land Management employees from rounding up the approximately 900 cattle. Nearly 400 of the cattle had been seized during the past week. They were being held nearby and could be sent to Utah, authorities said.

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U.S. government says hackers trying to exploit 'Heartbleed' bug

heartbleed hackersThe U.S. government warned banks and other businesses on Friday to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the "Heartbleed" bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis.

On a website for advising critical infrastructure operators about emerging cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security asked organizations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks, adding that hackers were attempting to exploit the bug in widely used OpenSSL code by scanning targeted networks.

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NSA denies report it exploited Heartbleed for years

Heartbleed bugThe Heartbleed security flaw that exposes a vulnerability in encryption has reportedly extended its reach well beyond Web services.

According to Bloomberg, citing "two people familiar with the matter," the National Security Agency knew about Heartbleed for at least two years and used the hole in encryption technology to gather intelligence.

However, the agency strongly denied the substance of Bloomberg's report.

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New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line

Florida voter suppressionBroward and Palm Beach County voters can rest easy. Elections supervisors in the two counties say they won’t implement the restroom ban imposed by Miami-Dade County.

In the state’s most populous county, voters who need to go while waiting to vote aren’t allowed to do so.

The media office at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department didn’t respond to a request for information about the rule. But it’s detailed by county officials in email exchanges with a disability rights lawyer.

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U.S. Sentencing Commission votes to cut terms for drug crimes

drug sentencing lawsThe U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to cut the terms recommended for most federal drug crimes.

At a public meeting Thursday, the commission approved new guidelines that officials said would mean shorter terms for about 70 percent of offenders. Generally, the changes would reduce mandatory minimums suggested for various quantities of drugs for crimes not involving the use of violence or firearms.

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New DOJ Racial Profiling Rules Would Continue FBI Ethnic Mapping

Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder's long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would allow the FBI to continue most or all of the tactics opposed by civil rights groups, such as mapping ethnic populations and using that data to recruit informants and open investigations, reports the New York Times.

A draft of the new rules expands the definition of prohibited profiling to include not just race, but religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. The draft increases the standards that agents must meet before considering those factors. They do not change the way the FBI uses nationality to map neighborhoods, recruit informants, or look for foreign spies.

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