- - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PARIS — Masked and armed thieves used the New Year's Eve fete to rob the flagship Apple store in Paris.

The French press reported that up to $1.3 million in goods were stolen at the store selling products such as Apple’s iPhones and iPads behind the Paris Opera house, a figure police would not immediately confirm.

Police said Tuesday the theft occurred about 9 p.m. Monday, 3 hours after closing, while police were deployed around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, where revelers traditionally gather on New Year's Eve.

Christophe Crepin of the Unsa police union said the “well-prepared” operation was carried out by four masked and armed individuals.

The daily Le Parisien reported the thieves entered the store by threatening a security guard at a back entrance.

ALASKA

No fuel spill detected from grounded rig

ANCHORAGE — An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill.

But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others said they would have to wait until daylight to know for sure what environmental impact the grounding might have caused.

Spokeswoman Darci Sinclair says the North Pacific storm that has caused problems for Shell’s efforts to move the drill into place near Kodiak Island is expected to continue at a slightly milder intensity. The storm included winds near 70 mph and swells to 35 feet.

JAPAN

Sony no longer making PS2 consoles in Japan

TOKYO — Japanese electronics giant Sony said it has stopped producing its PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan, fueling online rumors a PlayStation 4 is in the pipeline.

Since launching in 2000, the PlayStation 2 (PS2), which has a Blu-ray player, has sold more than 150 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling console of all time and was so popular it outsold its replacement for the first three years.

Shipments have been “completed” for the hardware of PS2, the Japanese website of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said with no further comment. The firm did not say what its plans were for production in other parts of the world.

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