US extends major provisions of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives agreed Monday to a 10-month extension of three major law enforcement powers in the fight against terror that some privacy advocates from both the right and left regard as infringements on civil liberties.
The House measure, passed 275-144, would extend authority for the USA Patriot Act-related provisions until Dec. 8. Common ground must be found with the Senate before the provisions expire on Feb. 28.
At issue are two provisions of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, law that give counterterrorism offices roving wiretap authority to monitor multiple electronic devices and court-approved access to business records relating to a terrorist investigation.