Latest News: Immigration Plan, Buffalo Snow Ends, ‘Hunger Games’ Opens

Latest News: Immigration Plan, Buffalo Snow Ends, ‘Hunger Games’ Opens

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Immigration Points

The audience at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas watched President Obama announce his immigration order. Credit Chris Pizzello/Invision, via AP

Good morning.

Here’s what you need to know:

• Obama moves ahead.

The president heads to Las Vegas today, where he will give more details on his immigration plan this afternoon.

Nevada has the nation’s highest proportion of undocumented immigrants, at 7.6 percent of its population.

Mr. Obama told Americans on Thursday that deporting millions is “not who we are” and announced executive actions to grant reprieves to as many as five million undocumented immigrants.

• Republican rebuttal.

“With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms,” House Speaker John A. Boehner replied today.

And House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit today against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law.

• Biden in Ukraine.

In Kiev today, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. condemned Russia’s behavior as “unacceptable” and urged Moscow to abide by a September peace deal.

Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since the truce with Russian-backed separatists went into effect, the U.N. says.

• Racing toward a deadline.

Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Vienna for Paris today after talks on a nuclear deal with Iran.

Even if agreement is reached before Monday’s deadline, the final decision in Iran will be made by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader.

• Straining nerves and roofs.

Little or no snow is expected in the Buffalo region today after seven feet of snow fell in three days.

But flooding is a new fear: The forecast calls for a chance of rain on Saturday and more on Monday with temperatures nearing 60 degrees.

• Anti-E.U. party makes gains.

The right-wing U.K. Independence Party won its second seat in the British Parliament today with a victory in a special election.

MARKETS

• Wall Street stocks are rising strongly today on top of records set Thursday. Europe stocks are up about 2 percent, and Asian indexes closed with gains.

• China made a surprise cut in its benchmark interest rate today, the first in more than two years, to 5.6 percent to lift its cooling economy.

And Europe’s top central banker signaled today he was preparing a new round of stimulus to help its flagging growth.

• On the eve of today’s hearing by a Senate panel on bank regulation, the Fed unexpectedly announced that it would review crucial aspects of its bank supervision.

• Nintendo today starts selling its Super Smash Bros. video game, which had record advance orders, for its Wii U console.

Also new today are “amiibos,” figurines of characters like Mario, Link and Yoshi that connect wirelessly to the consoles.

NOTEWORTHY

• On the silver screen.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” which comes out today, is expected to score the biggest box-office opening weekend of the year.

Our critic, Manohla Dargis, calls it “streamlined, blunt and easy.”

Here’s what else is coming to theaters today.

• A home for Nazi-era art?

Directors of a small Swiss museum this weekend are likely to accept a bequest of 1,000 artworks collected by a Nazi-era art dealer and kept private for decades by his son.

And a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, “Jimson Weed (White Flower No. 1)” from 1932, sold at Sotheby’s on Thursday for $44.4 million, an auction record for a work by a female artist.

• Finally, football team wins.

The Oakland Raiders earned their first victory in more than a year with a late scoring drive to stun the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 24-20, on Thursday night.

And the N.F.L. decided to relocate the Bills-Jets game, scheduled for Sunday in snow-plagued Buffalo, to Detroit’s Ford Field on Monday night.

• Cosby’s show goes on.

The comedian Bill Cosby is still set to perform tonight at a sold-out show at the Melbourne, Fla., performing arts center, despite the cancellation of some of his projects over sexual assault allegations.

• Earth spins closer to heat record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide.

It makes it likely that 2014 will go down as our planet’s warmest year on record.

BACK STORY

The season of feasting is upon us. We may have to watch our waistlines, but for our pets, too much can be deadly.

Give in to those pleading eyes with a chunk of fatty turkey skin, and your dog or cat could end up with pancreatitis. Onion and garlic can give them anemia.

Chocolate-covered coffee beans snarfed off the floor are double trouble. Caffeine is poisonous to pets, as are the caffeine-like methylxanthines in chocolate.

Bread dough is especially dangerous, says Dr. Karyn L. Bischoff, a veterinarian and toxicologist.

Your dog’s stomach is a perfect medium for yeast, and the ethanol that yeast gives off can make your dog drunk and ill, she says. And the expanding dough could cut off its blood supply.

The same would probably be true for a cat. But Dr. Bischoff says she doesn’t know of any such cases.

“Dogs are just eat first, ask questions later,” she says. “Cats are a little smarter. They think these things through.”

The A.S.P.C.A. has a full list of people foods to keep away from paws and jaws.

Andrea Kannapell contributed reporting.

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