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AP sources: Hill leaders agree on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials in both parties say top congressional leaders have agreed to a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, including terror-fighting practices that have been controversial in the past.

Congress must act by May 27 or the current law will lapse.

Officials say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner intend to seek passage of their agreement by then.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to preempt a formal announcement.

The measure would extend authority for roving wiretaps on multiple electronic devices and permit court-approved access to business records considered relevant to terrorist investigations.

It also continues authority for secret intelligence surveillance of non-American, "lone wolf" suspects not linked to terrorist groups.

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