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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Verrazano Bridge toll to increase as MTA plans fare hikes | SILive.com

"The authority has some leeway on just how to do this. For instance, the last hike in 2013 jacked up the cash toll of the Verrazano from $13 to $15 and the E-ZPass toll from $5.76 to $6.36 (with the toll rolling back to $6 per trip after the third trip). The base fare for bus and subway rides, as well as the Staten Island Railway, rose a quarter to $2.50, and express bus rides increased 50 cents to an even $6."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S. - NYTimes.com

"WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.

The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax."