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Published Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 | 9:34 a.m.

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Immigrants baffled by HealthCare.gov lapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov is working better, but immigrants are running into what looks like an obvious slip-up. Call it the green card glitch: The website has no clear path to upload the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents, and entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Obama plan won’t grant immigrants federal benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 5 million people in the country illegally would be spared from deportation and made eligible for work permits but not entitled to federal benefits — including health care tax credits — under President Barack Obama’s immigration plan, officials said Wednesday. Obama will travel to Las Vegas on Friday to discuss the executive actions. The White House would not confirm Obama’s travel plans or the purpose for the visit. But Obama was to speak at Las Vegas’ Del Sol High School, a school with a large population of non-English speaking students where Obama unveiled his blueprint for comprehensive immigration legislation in 2013.

New York dealing with massive snow; storm looming

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard by the early-season storm that was expected to end by Wednesday afternoon. The storm came in so fast and furious it trapped more than 100 vehicles on a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York that remained closed Wednesday.

Israel troops demolish Palestinian attacker’s home

JERUSALEM (AP) — The east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack last month was demolished Wednesday, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict security measures in the wake of a grisly synagogue assault. Tuesday’s synagogue attack, which left five people dead, was the deadliest in Jerusalem since 2008 and came amid weeks of violence linked to the city’s holiest site for Jews and Muslims.

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. “I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cars of the future promise to be safer because sophisticated sensors and cameras will give them a far better understanding of potential dangers than any human can muster. That technology also will let them travel with little driver intervention.

New Kurdish offensive targets Islamic State group

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting Islamic State group extremists as a suicide bomber killed at least five people in the Kurds’ regional capital. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said details haven’t been finalized for a deal that would have his country train rebels to battle IS in Syria, where the militants also hold territory

Family, school spar in court in ‘under God’ suit

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys offered contrasting interpretations of the Pledge of Allegiance during oral arguments Wednesday in a New Jersey family’s lawsuit claiming a school district is discriminating against their child’s atheist beliefs. The lawsuit focuses on the words “under God” that were added to the Pledge in 1954 and that have survived legal challenges before. Earlier this year, Massachusetts’ high court ruled in a similar lawsuit that the pledge is not discriminatory.

Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation

MANSHIET EL-IKHWA, Egypt (AP) — Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. And in this Nile Delta Village, he has plenty of patients. Young girls and their families on a recent day sat in his waiting room, where the bright yellow walls are decorated with Winnie the Pooh pictures, in the same building where Soheir el-Batea came for her operation last year. Residents call him a well-respected figure in the community, known for his charity work.

Police: Miss Honduras, sister apparently killed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Two bodies believed to belong to Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, the Honduras National Police director said Wednesday. Authorities were awaiting confirmation from forensic officials that the victims are Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23, said Gen. Ramon Sabillon.