first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Several Republican and Democratic officials involved in negotiations said that agreements had been reached on several issues but that others needed more time. WASHINGTON – Congress sent President George W. Bush a second five-week extension of the Patriot Act as Senate negotiators worked to close a deal with the White House on renewing the antiterrorism law with some new civil liberties protections. “We need the Patriot Act,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter. “I’m prepared to work on it further to improve it.” Sixteen provisions of the 2001 law were to have expired last Dec. 31, but Congress extended them until today after Democrats and a handful of Senate Republicans demanded an avenue of appeals when the FBI makes demands for people’s financial and other private records. The Senate voted 95-1 Thursday night to extend the current law unchanged through March 10 and give negotiators more time to reach a deal. The House passed the extension Wednesday. last_img

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