September 20, 2011 A News of the World investigator hacked into 13-year-old Milly Dowler's cellphone. She was missing at the time. His actions may have affected the search. And they gave her family hope she was still alive. Instead, she had been murdered.
Attorney General Eric Holder
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August 24, 2011 Attorney General Eric Holder told relatives of people who died in the Sept. 11 attacks that a preliminary criminal investigation into the allegations had been opened. But even if the hacking took place on U.S. soil, investigators could run into trouble with the statute of limitations.
July 22, 2011 The latest key development in the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" centers on News Corp. executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert) and claims he misled lawmakers' earlier this week. The younger Murdoch says he did not.
July 21, 2011 A 2006 report spotlighted "blagging" — information obtained by private investigators who pretend to be someone they're not. Several U.K. news outlets used blaggers to get scoops.
June 11, 2011, file photo: Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
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July 20, 2011 The head slap seen 'round the world has some in the news media declaring that she did more than anyone else has to boost the News Corp. chief's image.
July 20, 2011 Labor Party leader Ed Milliband says Prime Minister David Cameron was "warned and he preferred to ignore the warnings" about his government's ties to News Corp. executives. Cameron accuses his critics of belonging to the "Slumber Party."
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July 18, 2011 As Scotland Yard has been swept up in the story, questions continue to be raised about Prime Minister David Cameron's decisions.
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The scandal began at News of the World, which folded last Sunday (July 10, 2011).
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July 15, 2011 The News Corp. CEO apologizes for his newspapers' "serious wrongdoing" in the U.K. Investigators hired by the news outlets allegedly got private information about thousands of people, from the royal family to murder victims.
Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks in London on July 10, 2011.
July 15, 2011 His News Corp. has handled the scandal over things done by its British tabloids "extremely well in every way possible," making just "minor mistakes," Murdoch tells one of his company's news outlets, The Wall Street Journal.
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July 14, 2011 How does a journalist apologize for an error? Morning Edition guest David Cay Johnston set an example Wednesday with a sincere on air apology.
July 14, 2011 Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston says "there's no excuse" for the huge error he made Tuesday when he wrote that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. had received billions of dollars in tax refunds, when in fact it had paid billions of dollars in taxes.
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