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In immigration news: Boehner says no to reform negotiations, 'Plan B' talk returns, ethnicity and online dating, more

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at a Friday news conference.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said there will be no negotiations between the Senate and House on the comprehensive immigration reform plan approved by the Senate in June.

Boehner closes door on House-Senate immigration panel - Washington Post Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that there will be no conference negotiations on the Senate's immigration reform plan. From the story: "'The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,' Boehner said. 'And frankly, I'll make clear that we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.'"

Obama: Don't let ACA problems stop immigration - Politico From the story: "In an Oval Office meeting with eight Christian faith leaders, the president said he remains engaged on immigration legislation and hopes the reform effort can get a fair hearing despite his other political problems."

Can Obama legalize 1 million immigrants on his own? - Washington Post The apparent failure of immigration reform in Congress this year is again raising questions about whether the President Obama may extend temporary legal status to more immigrants than those now covered by deferred action, although the president has said he's not interested in this approach.

California Strives To Enroll Filipino Immigrants in Exchange Plans - California Healthline From the story: "A lack of funding and other resources is hindering efforts to enroll uninsured Filipino immigrants in health insurance through Covered California, the state health insurance exchange." It's especially difficult to reach older and first-generation Filipino immigrants "because they prefer to receive assistance in-person or through ethnic media."

Online dating: Asian women preferred - NPR From the story: "The online dating website 'Are You Interested' analyzed over 2.4 million interactions on their site and found that Asian women are more likely to get a message from a man of any race—unless those men are Asian. AYI also found that white men are pursued the most by women of all races—except black women, who are least likely to get a message from anyone."

Life in Newbury Park's Las Casitas - KCRW A profile of an apartment complex that's provided a foothold in the United States for many newcomers. One resident, for example, "used to rent a piece of floor in a living room..Today, she is on the lease, pays $1,300 and rents to eight recently arrived immigrants. This past decade, her apartment has been the first step to 70 or 80 immigrants. She says it’s her life’s purpose to give recent arrivals a home during their first months and years in the U.S."

US Border Patrol has 'alarming' alcohol problem, says internal memo and inside source - ABC 10 News San Diego From the story: "U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher describes an 'alarming' and 'detrimental' alcohol problem within the federal police agency. Fisher details his concerns in an internal agency memo dated Oct. 4, 2013, obtained by Team 10. 'The Border Patrol is averaging almost two alcohol-related arrests per week,' Fisher writes."

Americans might soon get to buy Mexican beachfront, border land - NPR The Mexican government is considering changing a policy dating back nearly a century that doesn't allow foreigners to own land outright on the coast or along international borders. But the issue is prompting controversy, with others "crying foul and reviving nationalistic fears of foreign invasion and domination that incited enactment of the law so many years ago."

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