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  1. News of the World Last Edition Revenues to Go to Charity Reuters-Landov

    1. Last Edition Revenues to Go to Charity

    There will be two official inquiries into the News of the World’s phone-hacking scandal, while the paper said late Thursday that the revenues from its final edition will go to charity. One will be an inquiry into the conduct of the original police investigation, and one inquiry into the future of the media and its regulation; it will examine how the standards in the media industry could have led the newspaper to break the law so frequently. Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement, “What matters is that all wrongdoing is exposed, and those responsible for these appalling acts brought to justice.”

    July 7, 2011 6:59 PM

  2. Fallout Police to Arrest Former 'World' Editor Lewis Whyld, PA Wire / AP Photo

    2. Police to Arrest Former 'World' Editor

    British police say they’ll arrest former News of the World editor Andy Coulson Friday over the phone-hacking scandal that’s rocked Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid, according to The Guardian. Coulson is suspected of knowing about and having directly been involved in hacking mobile phones during his editorship at the News of the World. The Guardian also claims that a second arrest of another senior journalist will be made in the next few days. Coulson resigned as Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications in January, and the arrest will be embarrassing for the administration.

    July 7, 2011 3:20 PM

  3. News of the World Shares in Murdoch Companies Fall Lionel Bonaventure, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Shares in Murdoch Companies Fall

    Shares in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. took a nosedive Thursday as a result of the News of the World scandal, as the paper’s parent company lost some $400 million in value. After the initial nosedive, News Corp. recovered and finished the day at $17.94. Fears over that the deal with broadcaster BSkyB would not go through—Murdoch has been hoping to acquire a 61 percent stake in the company—caused the company to lose some £666 million (roughly $1 billion) in value over the last week. While the News Corp. deal is still expected to go through, BSkyB has lost 6 percent of its value in a week. Regulator Ed Richards suggested a “fit and proper test” to make sure media groups are adhering to high standards. The U.S.-traded company already lost more than $1 billion in revenue Wednesday.

    July 8, 2011 12:29 AM

  4. End of Spree Suspected Killer of 7 Shoots Himself Still from video of Grand Rapids home where four bodies were found. (WZZM TV)

    4. Suspected Killer of 7 Shoots Himself

    Police officers in Grand Rapids, Mich., say a man suspected of shooting and killing seven people Thursday has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Rodrick Shonte Dantzler was holding at least two hostages inside an apartment, and both are reportedly unharmed. Earlier, seven people were found dead at two homes, including two children. Police say the shooting spree may have been related to a domestic issue. Officers had chased Dantzler until his car crashed in a ditch, but the suspect later fled on foot.

    July 7, 2011 7:40 PM

  5. THE END Texas Executes Mexican Prisoner AP Photo

    Texas Executes Mexican Prisoner

    Texas executed a Mexican citizen Thursday despite pleas from the White House that U.S. citizens abroad could face harsher punishments as a result. In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court rebuffed the request for a stay, and Humberto Leal was executed about an hour later. Leal was found guilty of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in 1994, and in his last minutes of his life, Leal reportedly said he was sorry and accepted responsibility. In 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague found that Leal and about 50 other Mexican citizens on death row had been denied their rights to contact consular officials, but the Supreme Court later disagreed.

    July 7, 2011 10:23 PM

  6. SIGNS OF HOPE Boehner: 50-50 Chance of Debt Deal J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    Boehner: 50-50 Chance of Debt Deal

    Maybe all the rumors of grand bargains weren’t so far off. Speaker John Boehner told members of the House Republican caucus Thursday morning that there’s a 50-50 chance of a deal on the federal budget and the debt ceiling within the next 48 hours. And one member present, New York Rep. Peter King, said he thought the odds were even better. The news comes after a day of softening positions on both sides, with Democrats suggesting they were open to cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and Republicans floating a willingness to consider revenue increases—perhaps through closing tax loopholes. But conservative members are still wary of revenue boosters, and said Boehner said the GOP wasn’t interested in increasing taxes.

    July 7, 2011 12:06 PM

  7. Conclusion Casey Anthony to Be Freed July 17 Joe Burbank, Pool / AP Photo

    Casey Anthony to Be Freed July 17

    Casey Anthony doesn’t have long left in jail. A court official said Thursday that she will be released July 17 after her four-year sentence was reduced for time already served and good behavior. Anthony was acquitted of murdering her child but convicted on four counts of lying to investigators, earning her a four-year sentence. She had already spent nearly three years in prison.

    July 7, 2011 12:11 PM

  8. BEHIND THE SCENES Treasury Preps Backup Plans Jim Cole

    Treasury Preps Backup Plans

    Publicly, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says there are no options if the U.S. can’t raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. But behind the scenes, the Treasury is working feverishly to find backup plans. Those options include deciding whether the administration can delay making some payments, and whether the government has the legal authority to prioritize some payments—i.e., debt payments—over others. But Geithner’s team is also exploring the controversial question of whether the 14th Amendment might make the debt ceiling unconstitutional—a position that some liberals have espoused as the deadline draws nearer (Obama has publicly refused to comment on the option, saying he expects a deal to be cut). Treasury officials have tried to cover up their preparations, worried that the presence of a Plan B might undermine any sense of urgency on Capitol Hill.

    July 7, 2011 10:04 AM

  9. I Do Bloomberg to Officiate a Gay Wedding Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    9. Bloomberg to Officiate a Gay Wedding

    Who would have guessed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be such a busybody? Bloomberg will officiate at the wedding of two city employees—offering to officiate before the couple was even engaged. The ceremony will take place at the mayor’s official residence, Gracie Mansion, on Sunday, July 24—the first day gay marriage will be legal in New York. The two employees, top policy adviser John Feinblatt and city commissioner for consumer affairs Jonathan Mintz, have been together for 14 years, and they have two daughters. A few days ago, Bloomberg offered to officiate Feinblatt’s wedding, but there was one hitch: Feinblatt and Mintz hadn’t even decided to wed. As Mintz later said, “the mayor and John popped the question.” Bloomberg has officiated only two weddings—his own daughter’s and former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s—but he said he would make an exception for Feinblatt and Mintz, who personalized the issue of gay marriage for him.

    July 7, 2011 11:04 PM

  10. Pakistan 39 Killed in Karachi Clashes Fareed Khan, AP Photo

    10. 39 Killed in Karachi Clashes

    The already precarious city of Karachi, Pakistan, has seen a bloody three days, with at least 39 people killed. Violence has swept the city as rival groups battle for turf. Though largely political in nature, the violence fits into a pattern of mafia control and extortion rackets that hold sway in the port city. Residents say they’re afraid to leave their houses and are running low on food and basic provisions. But it’s dangerous to leave home, with stray bullets striking a 5-year-old in one case and gunmen shooting five minibus passengers in another. The violence also poses a threat to the nation’s economy, as Karachi is a key economic center.

    July 7, 2011 3:15 PM

  11. Scandals DSK Rejects Plea Deal Todd Heisler / Getty Images

    DSK Rejects Plea Deal

    A dismissal is looking more and more likely: “Mr. Strauss-Kahn will not be pleading guilty to anything,” the former IMF chief’s lawyers said Wednesday after meeting with prosecutors. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser didn’t do herself any favors either by calling on the district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., to step aside and appoint a special prosecutor. Vance rejected the call, which the accuser’s lawyers said was based on the fact that prosecutors had based their doubts about her story on a summary, not a full transcript, of a conversation she had with a man in prison in a dialect of their native Fulani language after the alleged incident. Law enforcement said on Wednesday that she had at least three conversations about Strauss-Kahn with the prisoner, all of which are still being analyzed.

    July 7, 2011 6:28 AM

  12. RECOVERED Stolen Picasso Drawing Found Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Stolen Picasso Drawing Found

    Pablo Picasso’s 1965 pencil drawing Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman) has been found unharmed after it was stolen from a San Francisco gallery Tuesday. Mark Lugo, 30, a restaurant employee from Hoboken, New Jersey, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the theft. Police say they believe Lugo was working alone when he walked out of the Weinstein Gallery with the drawing, and apparently he’s not much of a cat burglar. A clear image of what appears to be Lugo was captured on surveillance camera by a restaurant just down the block, allegedly showing him carrying the artwork under his arm. Police say Lugo was about to ship the drawing away. His bail has been set at $5 million.

    July 7, 2011 6:10 PM

  13. END OF THE WORLD Murdoch Enters Damage-Control Mode Lionel Bonaventure, AFP / Getty Images

    Murdoch Enters Damage-Control Mode

    As the mounting scandal at the News of the World threatened to bring his company’s reputation to a new low Thursday, Rupert Murdoch went into damage-control mode. He has typically responded to scandals by waiting out the criticism or quickly moving to contain the damage, The New York Times reports. Before Thursday, the scandal’s impact on the company’s stock price had been minimal—only 17 percent of News Corp.’s revenue comes from publishing, and the News of the World is only one of the many successful papers the company publishes in Britain. But it was becoming clear that sordid details emerging about the News of the World could jeopardize British government approval of News Corp.’s complete takeover of the satellite-TV company BSkyB. Murdoch convened what some called a “war council” in Idaho, where he was attending a media conference with his wife. Speaking about the scandal for the first time, he said the News of the World’s practices had been “deplorable and unacceptable.”

    July 7, 2011 1:15 PM

  14. AXED News of the World to Close Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    News of the World to Close

    Well, that’s one way to deal with a PR disaster. James Murdoch, media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s son, said Thursday that Sunday’s edition of the News of the World will be the British tabloid’s final one. It’s an ignominious end for the 168-year-old paper, which has become the focus of a stream of appalling revelations—first a leak, then a gusher of news about tapping the phones of celebrities and royals, hacking the phones of murder and terror victims and their families, and paying off police for tips, among others. The scandal has threatened Murdoch’s planned takeover of the BSkyB TV network and even threatened Prime Minister David Cameron’s government. Rumors have flown about whether Murdoch would sacrifice confidante and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, but it appears he has chosen his deputy over his product.

    July 7, 2011 11:52 AM

  15. JUSTICE Man Gets Life Sentence in Rwandan Genocide Shaul Schwarz / Getty Images

    15. Man Gets Life Sentence in Rwandan Genocide

    A Rwandan citizen has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Joseph Mpambara, a Hutu who had been living in the Netherlands, was originally sentenced to 20 years in jail but was acquitted on war-crimes charges. But prosecutors appealed the decision and won, securing a war-crimes conviction and a life sentence. Mpambara, 43, was found guilty of torturing two Tutsi mothers and their children to death, and to having attacked a Protestant church where Tutsis had sought sanctuary. "The appeals court is of the opinion that you have made yourself guilty of war crimes," a judge told him.

    July 7, 2011 11:13 AM

  16. CATASTROPHE More Than 30 Dead in Indian Bus-Train Crash AP Photo

    More Than 30 Dead in Indian Bus-Train Crash

    A horrific crash in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh has left at least 33 dead. Officials said a packed bus attempted to cross an express track at about 2 a.m. Thursday as a train was approaching. The train struck the bus, killing dozens and leaving at least 17 injured. Pictures from the scene show little remaining of the bus. India’s rail network is a linchpin of the country’s transport system, which is charged with moving its more than 1 billion citizens, but it also has a reputation for danger, with more than 100 train accidents in each of the last two fiscal years.

    July 7, 2011 11:28 AM

  17. SACRIFICE Obama Proposes Social Security Cuts J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    17. Obama Proposes Social Security Cuts

    Is this the sound of compromise? First Republicans said they are willing to close some tax loopholes and now President Obama is proposing Social Security cuts. Obama is pushing congressional leaders to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare—as long as Republicans support increasing tax revenue, sources told The Washington Post Wednesday. The move is a major shift from the White House’s earlier position on social programs, and could cause a problem for Democratic lawmakers who have promised not to support such cuts. The cuts are part of the Obama administration’s ambitious deficit-reduction plan that calls for some $4 trillion in savings over the next decade—a huge legislative achievement if it is passed. Obama will meet with top House and Senate leaders Thursday morning.

    July 6, 2011 10:27 PM

  18. 2012 Romney Raises $18 Million Alex Brandon / AP Photo

    Romney Raises $18 Million

    Mitt Romney raised about $18 million in the first quarter—enough to lead the GOP field but not enough to clear up some doubts about his candidacy. It’s less money than the $23 million Romney raised in the first quarter of 2007 and puts him well short of the $50 million Politico says he hoped to raise in the first half of 2011. However, Romney has also not kicked in any of his own cash yet. Meanwhile, the latest PPP poll shows Michele Bachmann surging to 18 percent in Iowa and the favorite of Tea Party voters; Romney still leads in Iowa with 25 percent. He also still leads in New Hampshire, although he lost 12 percent of his support since the last poll.

    July 7, 2011 6:28 AM

  19. Reality TV ‘Big Brother’ Contract Leaked Sonja Flemming / CBS

    19. ‘Big Brother’ Contract Leaked

    Not only do you have to give up your dignity to compete on CBS’s Big Brother, you also have to give up a lot of your rights. A copy of the contract for the latest series of the reality show reveals that contestants must agree to put up with a “serious invasion of privacy,” “embarrassment, anger and/or shock,” and to be searched before entering the house. They also must agree to waive any physician-patient privilege and give producers access to their medical information. Finally, they can’t say anything about the show for three years—or else they’ll be fined $5 million.

    July 7, 2011 10:48 AM

  20. Art Ai Weiwei Goes Back to Work Zhan min / AP Photo

    Ai Weiwei Goes Back to Work

    Two weeks after his release from detention, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is back at work, according to a Swiss gallery owner who represents him. “He is full of energy and again intensively dedicating himself to his artistic creation,” the owner, Urs Meile, tells The New York Times in an email. As a condition of his release, however, Ai may not give interviews or meet with journalists. The nature of his project is unknown; before his arrest, he was seeking to expose the Communist Party’s practice of paying Internet commentators to repeat government lines.

    July 7, 2011 6:59 AM

  21. Education Indiana Schools to Stop Teaching Cursive Laurence Mouton, PhotoAlto / AP Photo

    Indiana Schools to Stop Teaching Cursive

    No more pencils: schools in Indiana will no longer have to teach cursive handwriting starting this fall. According to a state memo, students will be expected to learn keyboard proficiency instead. The practice may remain at some schools, however, as those that wish to continue teaching cursive will be allowed to do so; it will just no longer be required.

    July 7, 2011 7:01 AM

  22. Crime Man Builds Electric Chair Isabelle Rozenbaum, PhotoAlto / AP Photo

    Man Builds Electric Chair

    A man in Britain was arrested after building an electric chair in his garage and attempting to murder his wife in it. According to the Telegraph, Andrew Castle hooked up a metal armchair to an electric cable before planning to lure his wife into it, knock her out with a club, and flip the switch. She struggled, however, before he could knock her unconscious. She escaped through a side door with minor head injuries. Police later found Castle in the backyard, after he had tried to slit his wrists. He has since admitted attempted murder and has been jailed for 10 years.

    July 7, 2011 7:03 AM

  23. Movies ‘The Iron Lady’ Trailer Released Alex Bailey, Pathe Productions / AP Photo

    23. ‘The Iron Lady’ Trailer Released

    How’s her accent? The Guardian got the first look at the trailer for The Iron Lady, the Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep. The film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, will tell Thatcher’s story through a series of flashbacks. The trailer shows just a single scene of consultants trying to persuade her to make over her image. “I may be persuaded to surrender the hat,” Streep tells them. “The pearls, however, are absolutely nonnegotiable.”

    July 7, 2011 6:47 AM

  24. SCANDAL ‘World’ Staff Shocked, Angry Stefan Rousseau / AP Photo

    ‘World’ Staff Shocked, Angry

    Most members of the News of the World staff had no idea that the paper would be close as a result of the phone hacking scandal. When News Corp executive Rebekah Brooks made the announcement on Thursday, most thought she would be announcing her own resignation. Jules Stenson, the head of features, said that “no one had an inkling” the paper would be closing. He said that when the announcement came, there were “gasps from members of the staff.” Some staffers expressed resentment towards Brooks. One reporter said, “If she had gone at the start of the week, we’d all still be employed. I hope she’s worth it for Rupert.” Staffers have been told they can apply for other jobs in the company, but their employment is uncertain. Thursday evening, they were headed to a pub.

    July 7, 2011 5:38 PM

  25. NEWS OF THE WORLD Reports: Security Guards Needed for Former Editor Lewis Whyld, Press Assocation / AP Phot

    Reports: Security Guards Needed for Former Editor

    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was flanked by security guards as she left the News International building in Wapping, witnesses told the Daily Telegraph Thursday. More than 200 staff reacted with anger to the news that the paper was closing, and sub-editors of the paper’s sister publication, The Sun, walked out in protest. Labor minister Ed Miliband said Thursday night that he spoke to Rupert Murdoch two weeks ago, but did not bring up the phone-hacking conversations, while other ministers complained about Prime Minister David Cameron’s relationship with former editor Andy Coulson. Meanwhile, the shuttering of  News of the World likely spells the end of the career of Colin Myler, the current editor of the tabloid who took over in 2007.

    July 7, 2011 9:00 PM