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New visa waiver rules pass House...More Syrian refugees arrive in TX...Company to build 335 mph test track



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WASHINGTON (AP) — There may soon be new rules for the program that allows roughly 20 million foreigners to visit the U.S. without visas each year. The House has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would require people coming to the U.S. for 90 days or less to obtain visas if they've visited Iraq or Syria in the past five years. There is a different version of the bill in the Senate. The travel industry says that bill goes too far in adding new biometric requirements for all visa waiver travelers that might be difficult to enact.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require social media companies to report online terrorist activity to law enforcement. The bill doesn't require companies to work to discover the activity, just to report it when they come across it. Around the time of last week's attack in San Bernardino, one of the shooters took to Facebook to pledge allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group.

DALLAS (AP) — A second family of Syrian refugees has arrived in Texas following a lawsuit filed by state officials objecting to their resettlement. The family of four girls and their parents got to Houston Monday night. Earlier that day, another family of six arrived in Dallas. A spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee says those family members are unfazed by the state's fight or concerns they might not be welcome in Texas.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More rain is in the forecast for parts of the Pacific Northwest already dealing with flooding, landslides and sewage overflows. Landslides on roads and railways in the Portland and Seattle areas prompted highway and track closures. And several thousand people are without power in both the Portland area and Washington's Puget Sound region.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California company with visions of building a futuristic transportation system that would be the next best thing to teleportation is building a test facility in Nevada. Hyperloop Technologies says the 50-acre facility will test a linear electric motor at speeds up to 335 mph — about half the speed envisioned in a full-scale system.

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