Weekly News Update

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*A nurse who spent the last several days in a New Jersey hospital isolation room after returning from an Ebola assignment in West Africa has been released. Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport under a new mandate issued earlier that day by Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, has been “symptom-free” and is being transported to Maine, per her request, the Health Department said. [NBC New York]

*Imagine being informed that the IRS has seized your bank account. They don’t accuse you of any crime, they simply acted because your account, used for your small business, has too much money in it that was deposited in increments of less than $10,000 – the amount that requires the transaction to be reported to the IRS. That may sound absurd, but it’s happening across the country. [Daily Caller]

*New York City’s program to create a nearly uniform taxi fleet with cabs from Nissan Motor Co will face a renewed challenge, after fleet operators opposing the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan won permission to take their case to the state’s highest court. [Reuters]

*Marriage knows a few less legal bounds in New York. The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that marriages between half-uncles or aunts and half-nieces or nephews is OK under New York state law. The decision stems from the case of a half-uncle and his Vietnamese half-niece who married in Rochester in 2000. That marriage allowed the woman to gain conditional permanent residence in the U.S. [Capitol Confidential]

*A Brooklyn appellate court has ruled against prosecutors and released Kevin Langston from prison in spite of a found error in the sentencing transcript citing double jeopardy as the ground for release. According to the prosecution, the number “1” was erroneously omitted from the sentencing transcript; Langston’s prison term should have read “15 years” and not “5 years.” [Brooklyn Eagle]

*A federal judge barred online video distributor Aereo from streaming over-the-air TV shows in real time to subscribers’ smartphones and tablets, but cleared the way for the company to resume offering its remote DVR service. The order marks the latest turn in a two-year battle over the online service. [Media Post]

*On a balmy evening in Midtown Manhattan last month, the Plaza Hotel was the site of an unusual celebration — a glittery gala of the sort not normally associated with a government agency nearly as old as the country itself. The agency, the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, was celebrating its 225th birthday, so naturally its alumni had decided to hold a party. [NY Times]

*While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA’s collection of Americans’ telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers. [Fox News]