White House reportedly drafts immigration bill

Published Feb. 17, 2013


White House reportedly has residency plan

The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today. President Barack Obama's bill would create a "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The bill includes more security funding and requires business owners to adopt a system for verifying the immigration status of new hires within four years, the paper said. It reported that the bill would require that immigrants pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has been crafting immigration legislation, derided the draft bill as described by the newspaper as "half-baked and seriously flawed."


BMW recalls about 570,000 vehicles

BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the United States and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall. The recall affects popular 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years. Also included are 1-Series coupes and convertibles from 2008 through 2012, and the Z4 sports car from 2009 through 2011.

Bryan, Texas

2 firefighters dead, 2 hurt in lodge fire

Two Texas fire lieutenants died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire, an official in the city of Bryan said Saturday. Gregory Pickard and Eric Wallace were in a group of firefighters responding to the blaze about midnight Friday at a Knights of Columbus hall, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said. The team entered the burning building but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate, Stratta said. Wallace, 36, died at the scene and Pickard, 54, on Saturday at a hospital in Galveston.


Throng protests killing of activist

Tens of thousands of people resumed mass demonstrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, on Saturday, intensifying their demands for more severe punishment for war criminals from the country's 1971 liberation war, while also demanding justice for the slaying of a blogger who had been a leading organizer of the protests. The coffin bearing the body of Rajib Haidar, the blogger, was carried through the crowd in a public funeral in Dhaka. Bangladeshi TV showed a crowd estimated at more than 100,000.


Egypt: A security official said Saturday that the Interior Ministry has agreed to buy 100,000 new 9mm pistols after policemen who went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness.

Times wires