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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation tightening controls on travel to the U.S. and requiring visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. The measure cleared 407-19. The bill addresses the "visa waiver" program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. Belgium and France, home to most of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks, are among the participating countries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has joined other critics in lambasting Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest calls Trump's plan "offensive and toxic" and warns it will harm U.S. national security. Earnest called on the rest of the Republican candidates to declare they will not support Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz have announced a bill that would give any state the right to reject a refugee for security concerns. Word of the bill comes a day after a family of six Syrian refugees arrived in Texas. Abbott says he wants to ensure Syrian refugees "who could pose a danger" to his state will not be allowed in.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The defense could begin presenting its case as soon as Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The prosecution rested Tuesday after calling about 15 witnesses. Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died after his neck was broken during a 45-minute ride in the back of a police van.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Police in Fremont, California, say a homeless man sleeping inside a garbage bin survived two compaction cycles after the bin was emptied into a trash truck. He'd been sleeping inside a large trash bin behind a restaurant when a trash truck collected it and used the compactor. He was able to climb out. The man, who suffers from mental health issues, was taken to a hospital to be checked.
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