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House approves tightening visa waiver program ... 2 Afghan military trainees missing in GA ... More rain for OR and WA



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the House want to tighten the "visa waiver" program following the Paris terror attacks. They voted overwhelmingly to require citizens of 38 "visa wavier" countries to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., if they've been in Iraq or Syria in the past five years. Belgium and France are in the "visa waiver" program. Most of the suspects in last month's Paris attacks were from those countries.

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say two Afghan nationals being trained at an Air Force base in Georgia have gone missing. Base officials say the two men didn't report Monday to "their regular maintenance training" with the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force base, located near Valdosta, about 230 miles south of Atlanta. Officials say the students have been at Moody since February and "were screened prior to their arrival in the United States more than a year ago."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. It'll be the third day of deliberations in the case of 28-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges. The victims say they met Holtzclaw while he was on duty, and prosecutors say the ex-officer intimidated them into not reporting his crimes.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More rain is expected to fall Wednesday and Thursday in parts of Oregon and Washington state, where downpours already have caused flooding, landslides and evacuations. Rains on Tuesday forced Amtrak to close tracks between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, because of high water. Officials are trying to figure out how to repair massive sinkholes that opened up Monday near Portland. Several school districts canceled classes Monday and Tuesday.

BEIJING (AP) — The World Bank says Asian countries are aging faster than anywhere else in the world, and they need to urgently reform pension systems and encourage more women to enter the labor force. A World Bank report says by 2040, aging populations could shrink the working-age population by more than 15 percent in South Korea and more than 10 percent in China, Japan and Thailand. In China, that would mean a net loss of 90 million workers.

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