News of the World shutting down amid scandal

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British actor Hugh Grant, right, speaks with an unidentified 'Hacked Off' campaigner outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where a debate was being held into the allegations of phone hacking by journalists Wednesday July 6, 2011. Britain's voracious tabloids may have hit a new low: The News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch's global media empire at News Corp, is facing claims that it hacked into a missing 13-year-old's phone messages, possibly hampering a police inquiry into her disappearance.  "Newspapers were using phone hacking on a widespread and industrial basis ... (with) the apparent collusion of parts of the Metropolitan Police," actor Hugh Grant told BBC radio.  (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT
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British actor Hugh Grant, right, speaks with an unidentified 'Hacked Off' campaigner outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where a debate was being held into the allegations of phone hacking by journalists Wednesday July 6, 2011. Britain's voracious tabloids may have hit a new low: The News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch's global media empire at News Corp, is facing claims that it hacked into a missing 13-year-old's phone messages, possibly hampering a police inquiry into her disappearance. "Newspapers were using phone hacking on a widespread and industrial basis ... (with) the apparent collusion of parts of the Metropolitan Police," actor Hugh Grant told BBC radio. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — News International's James Murdoch says he's satisfied that embattled executive Rebekah Brooks had no knowledge of phone hacking while she was editor of the scandal-ridden News of the World.

His comments came just hours after the Murdoch media empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World on Thursday, the best-selling tabloid at the center of the phone hacking scandal.

The tabloid, long known for its dubious undercover reporting techniques, had gravely offended the British public by hacking into the cell phone voicemail of a missing teenage girl, possibly even interfering with the police investigation into her murder.

But Murdoch expressed confidence in Brooks' leadership during an interview broadcast on British media.

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LONDON (AP) — News International James Murdoch says he's satisfied that embattled executive Rebekah Brooks had no knowledge of phone hacking while she was editor of the scandal-ridden News of the World.

His comments came just hours after the Murdoch media empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World on Thursday, the best-selling tabloid at the center of the phone hacking scandal.

The tabloid, long known for its dubious undercover reporting techniques, had gravely offended the British public by hacking into the cell phone voicemail of a missing teenage girl, possibly even interfering with the police investigation into her murder.

But Murdoch expressed confidence in Brooks' leadership during an interview broadcast on British media.

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