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REPORT CALLS FOR REDISTRICTING OVERHAUL. A report that prominent civic watchdog groups released Monday calls for a major overhaul of Nassau County's process for redrawing electoral lines to limit gerrymandering and protect minority voting rights.

PROTEST IN NASSAU. Newsday's Paul LaRocco is reporting from a protest in Nassau regarding redistricting.

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DEAD MAN FOUND IN MCDONALD'S. Police are investigating the scene at a McDonald's in Hempstead after a 32-year-old man was found dead in a bathroom there Monday morning. 

COPS PROBE HOLD-UP OF TRUCK DRIVERRobbery squad detectives are trying to determine if the holdup of an oil delivery truck driver Monday morning in Roosevelt is part of a pattern.

BOTTLE-THROWING BAR WORKER WANTED. Suffolk County police and Crime Stoppers said Monday they are looking for an employee wanted for throwing a bottle in a Coram bar, striking another woman in the eye.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED. A man died after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of westbound Veterans Memorial Highway at Fifth Avenue in Ronkonkoma Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

DRUNK DRIVER PULLED INTO POLICE LOT. A Maine man who drove into the parking lot of the State Police barracks in Riverside faces a drunken driving charge, State Police said Monday.

LIRR RIDERSHIP UP. Long Island Rail Road ridership increased 2 percent in 2013, climbing for the second year in a row and reversing a trend that began with the economic collapse five years ago. See which branch saw the biggest increase in riders.

ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY. Police are searching for a suspect who tried to rob a 65-year-old man as he left a TD Bank branch early Monday in Valley Stream.

COP INJURED IN PURSUITA police officer suffered minor injuries when he crashed his car into a utility pole while pursuing a suspect fleeing a traffic stop early Monday in Brentwood, Suffolk County police said.

WEAPONS ARRESTS AT TRAFFIC STOP. A routine traffic stop in Bellmore on Sunday night led to the arrest of two men on weapons possession charges, Nassau County police said.

FIRE CHIEF'S SUV STOLEN. The two men arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing a fire chief's marked SUV and leading police on a pursuit before crashing it, have been identified as a pair of 23-year-olds from that community, police said.

SCHOOLS BAN E-CIGS. The cover story of today's Newsday looks at bans imposed by Long Island school districts on electronic cigarettes. 

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HIGHWAY YARD RATTLES NEIGHBORS. The "Our Towns" section of today's paper also features a story about a town highway yard in Oyster Bay that has become a problem for residents living nearby.

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