News of the World Signs Off

    WALTHAM CROSS, ENGLAND - JULY 09:  Team Manager Nick Taylor examines a copy of the last ever News of The World newspaper as it comes of the presses at The Newsprinters plant on July 9, 2011 in Waltham Cross, England. Five million copies of the News of The World newspaper are being printed in this last ever edition. The 168 year old newspaper is being closed amid phone hacking and bribery allegations.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    In its final issue, published Sunday, News of the World apologized to readers and acknowledged hacking phones, but made no mention of new allegations that staff members had paid police for information. “We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards," the British paper wrote. "Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry.” NotW also expressed optimism that its ugly end wouldn't stain its reputation forever: "When this outrage has been atoned, we hope history will eventually judge us on all our years." All the proceeds from the sale of the final issue will be split between three charities.

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