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Last Update on September 22, 2014 07:16 GMT

IN THE NEWS: LICENSE PLATE MONITORING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Do the police have your number? Increasingly if the numbers in question are those on your license plate, the answer may very well be yes. Police across the country are stepping up their monitoring of license plates -- and in the process churning out a huge database of where private citizens come and go. Privacy advocates are trying to get those files open to the public. But so far, the efforts have failed. Just last week a judge said San Diego's plate number harvesting didn't have to be made public -- because the information has to do with law enforcement investigations.

IN THE NEWS: PLAYING (ONLINE) IN PEORIA

CHICAGO (AP) -- What started as an online prank has turned into a federal case. It began when Jon Daniel decided to create a spoof Twitter account in the name of the mayor of Peoria, Illinois. Before long, the site led to Twitter closing the account and Daniel having his home raided by police. Daniel is fighting back -- by alleging in a federal lawsuit that the city tried to limit his right to free speech. Meanwhile, Twitter now has at least a dozen Peoria mayor accounts -- all of them spoofs.

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