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MASHUP: Super Bowl stories for Friday 1/31/14

Published On: Jan 31 2014 09:11:37 PM CST
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Fans headed to the Super Bowl will have to travel light even to get on a train headed to the game.
    
The Transportation Security Administration says that fans will not be allowed on the one rail line that serves MetLife Stadium on Sunday unless they show their ticket to the game and demonstrate that they don't have bags bigger than clutches. They can carry clear plastic bags, too.
    
The security detail will be set up at Secaucus (sih-KAW'-kuhs) Junction Station, the start of NJ Transit's 6.8-mile Meadowlands line to the stadium in East Rutherford.
    
Officials estimate that 12,000 to 15,000 passengers will ride trains between the station and the stadium.
    
Passengers are advised to allow extra time because of the screening.

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Rex Ryan is staying home to watch the Super Bowl rather than checking it out in person from MetLife Stadium, because it's "a bummer" that his New York Jets aren't playing in it.
    
The coach, who received a contract extension after the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs, says Friday that the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clearly earned their way to get to the NFL's biggest game and "we certainly didn't."
    
Ryan says rookie quarterback Geno Smith did "a tremendous job" of improving. But he wouldn't commit to Smith as next season's starter.
    
Ryan had a busy day of promotional appearances that included handing out ice cream from a truck on Broadway for New Era, and meeting fans at a midtown restaurant renamed "Jets House" for the week.

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The FBI says a powder mailed to several locations in New York and New Jersey, including at least five hotels near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, appears not to be dangerous.
    
The agency says further testing is being conducted on the substance. It says it is "within normal values."
    
It was also sent to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's business in Manhattan.
    
At the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford, General Manager Thomas Martucci said when he opened up a letter sent to the motel, yellow powder fell out.
    
He says a typed letter inside referenced al-Qaida and the Dallas FBI.