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WASHINGTON (AP) — On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to wade into a dispute over New York state's taxes on purchases on websites like Amazon.com. The move likely will prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales — and ignite a furious battle in Congress involving Internet sellers, brick-and-mortar stores and states hungry for extra tax revenue.
BlackBerry's new chief executive cast off persistent talk of the smartphone maker's demise, vowing on Monday that the company would pick itself back up and was "here to stay." "Reports of our death are greatly exaggerated," John Chen, who was appointed interim chief executive last month, said in an open letter to customers. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company helped create a culture of mobile users glued to smartphones, but lost its luster as many moved to iPhones or devices using Google's Android software. BlackBerry still has some 70 million subscribers worldwide, but most of these are using older handsets, with newer devices on the BlackBerry 10 platform failing to gain traction.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored personnel carrier attacked an air force base and international airport on the outskirts of a Nigerian city before dawn Monday, officials and witnesses said, possibly leaving scores of people dead in one of the insurgent group's most daring attacks.
French conglomerate Lagardere and German auto giant Daimler have been sent for trial in France for alleged insider trading in the sale of shares in aerospace and defence group EADS. Noel Forgeard, the former joint chairman of Airbus parent company EADS, and the current Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy will also face trial, along with five other executives, judicial sources told AFP on Monday. Under French law, anyone convicted of insider trading is liable for up to two years in prison and a fine of up to ten times the amount deemed to have been saved or gained as a result of the illegal deals. Lagardere and Daimler, who both vigorously contest any wrongdoing, are alleged to have sold 7.5 percent stakes in EADS in early 2006 in the knowledge that Airbus was encountering problems with the production of its A380 super jumbo.
RIPLEY, Ohio (AP) — Three months after his pregnant daughter was killed in a still-unsolved shooting on a quiet country road, Dave Dodson wakes up every morning still thinking she's alive. He cries every time he sees the four-wheeler she grew up riding and he can't bring himself to finish fixing a truck they'd been working on together.
Wasps wing Christian Wade added to England's injury woes after the Premiership club announced the flyer would be out of action for up to six months with a foot injury. England coach Stuart Lancaster had wanted to field rising star Wade, capped once when he made his Test debut on tour against Argentina in June, during last month's internationals at Twickenham. But the 22-year-old Wade was ruled out with a variety of injury problems and he will now miss the Six Nations Championship, which starts in February. Wade, who suffered the injury in last weekend's match against London Irish, will undergo surgery to repair "significant ligament damage to his mid-foot area," a Wasps statement added.
A man has been shot dead in Iceland's first-ever armed police operation, officials said on Monday. The incident was "without precedent" in Iceland's history, national police chief Haraldur Johannessen told a press conference in Reykjavik. The victim, a man in his late 50s, fired a shotgun several times in his apartment in the early hours of Monday morning, forcing police to evacuate residents of the building in east Reykjavik. "That did not work and the man started shooting out of the windows of the apartment," said Reykjavik police chief Stefan Eiriksson.
The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tension over China's territorial claims in the region. Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing declared an air defense zone last month covering disputed islands in the East China Sea, a navy official told AFP. The assignment to Japan marks the first mission for the new plane, which is replacing the propeller-driven P-3 Orion aircraft that dates back to the 1960s. On November 23, China announced an expanded air defense identification zone and said aircraft would have to submit flight plans before entering the area, home to disputed islands in the East China Sea.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two data recorders retrieved from the commuter train that veered off a sharply curved track by a river's edge, killing four people, may shed light on key factors including the train's speed and how brakes were applied, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Monday as the agency sought to ask the engineer and conductor what went wrong.