A French judge on Monday found Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the decade-old crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.
The court ordered Houston-based Continental to pay Air France $1.43 million for moral damages and damage to the French carrier's reputation, plus an additional fine of about $265,000. Legal experts say there could be more costs in store for Continental should Air France go ahead with a lawsuit to try to recover $150 million that it paid to families of the victims.
All signs are pointing to an agreement between the White House and leaders in Congress that Bush-era tax cuts will be extended for everyone at year's end, while unemployment benefits for those who've been out of work for extended periods of time will also be reinstated.
President Obama and many of his fellow Democrats had been, of course, insisting that the tax cuts -- which are set to expire at year's end -- should not be extended for the nation's wealthiest taxpayers.
China should help make North Korea understand that its "provocations" are unacceptable, President Obama told Chinese President Hu Jintao during a phone conversation earlier today, according to the White House.
According to the official White House "readout" after the phone call: