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In this photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is death row inmate Jose Villegas, 38, who was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Erida Salazar, her 3-year-old son, Jacob, and her mother, Alma Perez, 51. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu'ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program.

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NEW YORK – The New York Police Department says it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage.

The NYPD confirmed the decision on Tuesday.

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The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence Division had come under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights.

The program relied on plainclothes officers to eavesdrop on people in bookstores, restaurants and mosques.

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April 7, 2014: Oscar Pistorius is comforted by his brother Carl, back, as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa – Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius took the stand in his own defense Monday as his murder trial resumed in South African following a week-long break.

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April 7, 2014: Oscar Pistorius is comforted by his brother Carl, back, as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa – Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius took the stand in his own defense Monday as his murder trial resumed in South African following a week-long break.

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FILE: June 6, 2013: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.AP

Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers’ decision not to seek re-election this year has opened the door for several other House Republicans to take his post as chairman of the influential House Intelligence Committee, including New York Rep. Peter King.

In the hours following Rogers' announcement Friday that he plans to start a national radio program, House Republican Reps.

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric Holder has used the New York conviction of al-Qaida's post-Sept. 11 attacks spokesman to signal that terror suspects now will routinely be sent to civil courts rather than military tribunals.

Holder said he hopes the swift conviction Wednesday of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) in Manhattan puts to rest the political debate over where terrorism suspects should face justice. Abu Ghaith was captured only a year ago in Jordan.

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Two CNN producers were arrested Tuesday for trying to sneak into the World Trade Center site to test its security — after The Post reported that a teen made it all the way to the spire of the world’s top terror target.

Connor Boals, 26, and Yon Pomrenze, 35, made multiple attempts to get onto Ground Zero before being arrested shortly after 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said.

The pair initially tried to get through a gate at Vesey and Washington streets, with a source saying they told the cop who stopped them that “if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should be able to get in.

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|Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Dutch Ruppersberger. D-Md. – respectively the chairman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee – announced their End Bulk Collection Act, which offers reforms to National Security Agency programs they say will satisfy advocates against personal privacy infringement while also meeting requirements to thwart terrorist activity.

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A New Jersey teen captivated by 1 World Trade Center sneaked out of his home in the dead of night, got past the wall of security — and a sleeping guard — making it all the way up to the spire, The Post has learned.

Scrawny 16-year-old Justin Casquejo crawled through a hole in a Ground Zero fence at about 4 a.m. Sunday and got a lift up the tower from a clueless union elevator operator, even though he had no ID.

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