10:05am

Mon December 6, 2010
Law

French Court Convicts Continental In Concorde Crash

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.

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10:01am

Mon December 6, 2010
All Tech Considered

Google Launches Its Online E-Book Store

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The market for electronic books just got a little more competitive. Google is rolling out an online retail store that will sell e-books from some 4,000 publishers, including all of the major houses.

Just before Monday morning's launch, I got a look at the new website. On the surface, it doesn't look much different from the Amazon or Apple e-book sites.

"We're really sticking with the classic reading platform," Scott Dougall, part of the team that developed Google's new service, told me.

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8:46am

Mon December 6, 2010
The Two-Way

On Taxes: 'Republicans Are Getting What They Want'

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.

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8:32am

Mon December 6, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Pfizer CEO Calls It Quits

Jeff Kindler, a lawyer tapped as a fresh face to lead drugmaker Pfizer out of its doldrums, is out, after just a little over four years as chairman and chief executive.

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8:01am

Mon December 6, 2010
The Two-Way

Obama Urges China To Put Pressure On North Korea

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:

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