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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has overwhelmingly approved tightening the "visa waiver" program. The existing program allows citizens of 38 countries to be in the U.S. for up to 3 months without a visa. The legislation would require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. Exceptions are made for official government visits and military service.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is disputing a U.N. report that 12,000 Syrian refugees have amassed in a remote desert area on the kingdom's border, waiting to be let in. A government spokesman says "the number is exaggerated." The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to Jordan to allow the refugees to enter, saying lives are at risk. Jordan already hosts some 630,000 refugees.
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing a close friend of his mother's has been executed. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Keith Terrell was put to death by lethal injection shortly after midnight at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson of Covington, east of Atlanta. Watson accused Terrell of stealing some of his personal checks, but asked police not to pursue charges if the money was returned. On the day Terrell was to return the money, he shot Watson several times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The majority of U.S. renters are now older than 40. A report just released by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies overturns the assumption that the rental boom is only the result of twenty-somethings flocking to hip urban centers. The center analyzed Census Bureau data that shows nearly 51 percent of renters are older than 40. And single-family houses are a growing share of rentals.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Police say a homeless man sleeping inside a garbage bin survived two compaction cycles after the bin was emptied into a trash truck. Police in Fremont, California say the 44-year-old man was sleeping inside a large trash bin behind a restaurant when a trash truck collected it and used the compactor. Police tell the Oakland Tribune the truck then traveled to a fast food restaurant, collected trash from another bin there and again used the compactor. The man crawled out through an opening in the roof the next time the truck stopped at another store.
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