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Obama extends some parts of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.

Provisions in the measure would have expired today without Obama's signature Saturday.

The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, expands the government's ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.

Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will:

* Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.

* Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations.

* Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.

Obama's signature comes after the House voted 315-97 on Thursday to extend the measure.

1 killed, 7 injured in dance team van crash

PHILADELPHIA — A van carrying a Temple University dance team to a competition in North Carolina crashed in southern Virginia early Saturday, killing one student and injuring seven others, police said.

Kammini Ragoopath, 21, of Lansdale, Pa., died after the van veered off I-85 and hit a guardrail, according to Virginia State Police.

Manisha Modi, a passenger who said she broke her jaw and collarbone, called the crash "a freak accident."

"There wasn't anything that was out of control or irresponsible," Modi, 19, said from the hospital. "There's no one to blame."

The driver, Bilal Badruddin, 20, of Cranford, N.J., was charged with reckless driving.

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