The White House scrambled Sunday to keep congressional negotiations over immigration reform on track, reassuring senators it did not leak details of a draft bill being written by the administration, the Los Angeles Times reports. Details of the draft bill, which includes an eight-year waiting period before legalized immigrants can receive a green card, were first published late Saturday by USA Today. The White House did not confirm whether the reported details represented the current version of the draft. An official who has read the draft said it would allow the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States to apply for a “lawful prospective immigrant” visa and, if approved, ultimately become permanent residents. The bill would also require employers to develop a system to check the immigration status of new hires within five years.
Facebook said on Friday that it been the target of a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, but it had found no evidence that user data was compromised. The social network, which says it has more than one billion active users worldwide, added: “Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.” Facebook’s announcement follows recent cyber-attacks on other prominent websites. Twitter said this month that it had been hacked, and that approximately 250,000 user accounts were potentially compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses. Newspaper websites including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal have also been infiltrated, according to the news organisations.
New draft legislation in the House of Representatives is attempting to restrict the private use of drones, making it a misdemeanor to use a UAV to photograph a person or their property without their explicit permission. Several states are already grappling with how law enforcement should be able to use drones. Charlottesville, VA., passed a law banning drones from its airspace earlier this month. Florida lawmakers are proposing that drone use would have to be authorized by the Department of Homeland Security. The American Civil Liberties Union generally supports such legislation because governments could use drones for domestic surveillance, which raises a host of privacy issues.
Industry giant Carnival has been hit with a second lawsuit from a Carnival Triumph passenger, ABC News is reporting. The network says Lisa Williams, 42, of Houston claims to have suffered severe dehydration and bruising from aggressive food lines on the crippled ship. Williams was so ill from the five-day ordeal that she had to be given intravenous fluids in a hospital emergency room when she returned home to Houston, her attorney tells ABC. It was filed Sunday in a Miami federal court, ABC says. The lawsuit follows one filed by a passenger on Friday, just hours after the 102,000-ton Carnival Triumph reached a dock in Mobile, Ala. In the first suit, Texas resident passenger Cassie Terry, 25, of Brazoria County, Texas says Carnival “failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and sanitary conditions.” She’s seeking compensation for “physical and emotional harm, anxiety, nervousness and the ‘loss of enjoyment of life.”
Guns are now legal in church and could soon be legal on Arkansas college campuses. The House of Representatives passed Bill 1243 on Friday and it is now headed to the Senate for a vote. This bill basically gives both private and public colleges the option to allow employees to carry concealed handguns. Arkansas would join 23 states that allow individual colleges or universities to decide whether to ban or allow concealed carry of weapons on campus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Some states also allow students to carry concealed weapons. Many college professors testified in favor of the bill.