► A tornado killed at least 24 people when it roared through downtown Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday afternoon. At least 9 of the casualties are children from two elementary schools that were in the direct path of the storm. Rescue efforts continue at the schools this morning. The tornado was more than two miles wide with winds ranging from 166 to 200 miles an hour. President Obama has declared the city a major disaster area and plans to address the nation at 10 a.m. Eastern today to discuss the rescue and recovery efforts. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate will arrive in Oklahoma today to ensure adequate federal resources are deployed.
► The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether whistleblowers at private companies are covered by the same protections as those at publicly traded firms. The case involves employees at Fidelity who were retaliated against after they complained to supervisors about issues such as improper retention of fees and inaccurate reporting. The employees argue that they should be covered under whistleblower protections set out in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Fidelity contends that they should be exempt from the law because they hire management companies rather than directly employ workers. The Court will hear the case in its next term, which starts in October.
► The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a fingerprinting system for all foreigners leaving the United States. If the immigration bill becomes law, the system would be installed at the 10 U.S. airports with the most international traffic within two years. Within six years, the system would be operational at the country’s 30 largest airports. The tracking system is designed to alert the DHS to those that overstay their visas. It is estimated that 40 percent of the current undocumented population remains in the United States on a visa overstay.