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  • Grant (Guardian)

    Hugh Grant gave more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony to the Parliament committee leading the inquiry into British phone-hacking on Monday.

    Grant told the committee that he believes his voicemail was hacked by the Mail on Sunday in 2007, resulting in a story that claimed his relationship Jemima Khan was "on the rocks" because of the actor's "persistent late night flirtatious phone calls with a plummy-voiced studio executive at Warner Bros."

    "It was a bizarre story, completely untrue," Grant said, explaining that he used to receive voicemails from a "middle-aged, married" studio assistant "whose voice could only be described as plummy."

    "I cannot for the life of me think of any source for this story other than those voice messages on my mobile phone," he said.

    Later during his testimony, Grant inferred that the Daily Mail obtained information about the birth of his daughter from the hospital where she was born by paying for medical records. "It must have been someone with access to the computer where you register," he said. "I suspect it was someone at the hospital being on a retainer from either a tabloid newspaper or picture agency ... I'm quite sure, or my opinion is, that was the source."

    The Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail promptly released statements denying Grant's allegations:

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  • Regis (ABC)

    "Some people ask, why has the show stayed on so long? And I think it's answered to me every time people tell me why they watch it. They watch it, they say, because it makes them feel better. And it can't get better than that. It makes them happy and I'll never be able to top that. And I'll never be able to answer all of the cards and letters and messages that have poured in, especially in the last few weeks, but I'll always remember spending these mornings with all of you. So thank you very much for these great years together. God bless you all, and I hope I see you again real soon."

    -- Regis Philbin's final words on Friday's "Live With Regis & Kelly," his final broadcast after 28 years on morning television. The 80-year-old TV icon did not cry, but his co-host, Kelly Ripa, fought back tears during Philbin's send-off.

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  • Cain at a rally in Nashua, N.H., on Nov. 17, 2011. (AP/Jim Cole)

    The Herman Cain campaign's increasing disdain for the media is reaching a fever pitch. Hours after canceling an important interview with New Hampshire's Union Leader newspaper over a spat about its proposed length, the Cain campaign said that its candidate was the first in the Republican field to be granted Secret Service protection--in part because of the increased media scrutiny.

    "[He] draws anywhere from a dozen to 50 media at his events," Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told the Washington Post. "When he gets out at a rally or a campaign stop, it has been increasingly common for media to be physically putting themselves and others in danger by trying to follow him with a lot of heavy equipment and cameras in close quarters like we saw yesterday."

    On Wednesday, Cain's campaign apologized for a member of its security team "clothes-lining" a CBS News reporter into the side of his campaign bus.

    The reporter, Lindsey Boerma, was trying to videotape Cain returning to the bus from an event in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday. "The reporter was running up along the side of the bus with no identification on identifying herself as a reporter," Coral Gables Lt. Joe McHugh told CBS News. "So the officer stuck his arm out to prevent her from getting to Mr. Cain and at which time he was successful."

    Boerma--one of a handful of reporters following Cain for CBS and the National Journal--said she was not wearing a press badge, but the video camera was emblazoned with a CBS decal.

    Gordon said the Secret Service protection began before Cain's appearance on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Thursday.

    On Friday, Cain gave a speech in Palm Beach, Fla., that was closed to the press. Yahoo News political reporter Chris Moody tried to cover it, but was asked by Palm Beach police to leave The Breakers resort, where Cain was speaking.

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  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

    LONDON (Reuters) - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former Chilean football federation president, was chairman of a FIFA group tasked with assessing the strength and feasibility of the various bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. ...

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