National briefs: Senators revisit immigration

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WASHINGTON -- Two senators are revisiting a comprehensive immigration plan that they dropped two years ago.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., "are talking to our colleagues about this right now, and I think we have a darn good chance, using this blueprint, to get something done this year. The Republican Party has learned that being anti-immigrant doesn't work for them politically, and they know it."

Immigration reform has received renewed focus since the election. President Barack Obama specifically mentioned it in his victory speech Tuesday.

Exit poll data showed that Mr. Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, party strategist Steve Schmidt said "the Republican Party needs to get it together on its outreach to Latinos."

Power restoration still slow

NEW YORK -- Utility companies continued to make progress Sunday in restoring electrical service in New York and New Jersey, but more than 125,000 customers still remained without power almost two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the region.

With another day of pleasant weather, workers expected more customers to be brought back online by Sunday night, but Long Island remained a sticking point.

Apple, HTC resolve disputes

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. have settled all global lawsuits and signed a 10-year licensing agreement, ending a dispute that threatened their shipments of mobile devices. Both parties declined to provide details of the settlement.

An Apple complaint to the U.S International Trade Commission sought to block imports of HTC smartphones because the devices allegedly copied the iPhone's pinch-to-zoom feature. HTC fought back, alleging infringement of patents it bought last year for ways to reliably transmit a larger amount of data.

Explosion kills two in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Officials say as many as 31 homes were damaged so badly in a blast that killed two people Saturday night in Indianapolis that they may have to be demolished.

Deputy Fire Chief Kenny Bacon told reporters Sunday investigators haven't ruled out any possible causes of the late-night blast that was heard miles away. But a congressman who represents the Indianapolis neighborhood says investigators have ruled out a bomb or a meth lab.

Target will get earlier start

NEW YORK -- Target Corp. will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The discounter joins several other major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., that are opening earlier in the evening on the holiday and staggering deals over the two-day period. Over the years, stores have been expanding their hours on Black Friday to get ahead of the competition.



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