Early data: Online sales strong...Search for crash victims...Embattled mayor going online

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Updated: Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:18:47 EST

NEW YORK (AP) — According to preliminary data, Black Friday online sales rose 9 percent. Store sales numbers won't be available until Saturday. But IBM Benchmark, which tracks e-commerce for 800 retailers, said online sales on Thanksgiving were up 19.7 percent from last year.

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader says there is a "likelihood of casualties" following Friday night's crash of a police helicopter on the roof of a crowded Glasgow pub. The rescue operation is under way. A fire official says the building is being stabilized. Witnesses say they were listening to a band perform. There were three people aboard the aircraft.

BEIJING (AP) —U.S. airlines have urged to comply with China's demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea. Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights. It proclaimed the zone on Nov. 23. Neighboring countries and the U.S. have said they will not honor the new zone.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The fate of an elderly American tourist in North Korea is unclear after what state media say was an apology for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip. Eighty-five-year-old Merrill Newman has been in the regime for more than a month. Pyongyang has been accused of previously coercing statements from detainees.

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother say they will host an online show so they can take their message straight to "Ford Nation." That's how they describe the embattled mayor's conservative suburban supporters. The mayor recently admitted to smoking crack in a "drunken stupor" and refuses to resign. Ford has been stripped of most of his powers.

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