So far, 'Carmageddon' lacks woe
July 16th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

So far, 'Carmageddon' lacks woe

Although the real test of midday traffic was a few hours away, Los Angeles commuters Saturday were either avoiding or successfully navigating roads near a closed stretch of Interstate 405, traffic maps indicated.

But the quiet conditions allowed Metro officials to cancel several late-night trains that were specially added for the weekend, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

"So far, we're still 'Saturday morning light,' " Mike Miles, the California Department of Transportation's director for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, said at a morning news conference. "We don't know if that's just because it's Saturday morning or if people were listening to the message" to avoid driving.

"Right now, everything is flowing green," he added about traffic on Los Angeles' highway system.

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Shuttle pictures southern lights
July 16th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Shuttle pictures southern lights

A member of the space shuttle Atlantis crew snapped this spectacular image of the aurora australis, or southern lights.

The glowing phenomenon is caused by magnetic energy from the sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field, causing electrons to glow like a giant fluorescent light.

Part of the orbiter boom sensor system is visible; it was attached to the end of the shuttle's robotic arm. A part of the shuttle's left wing is at right.

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Timeline of News of the World scandal
News of the World’s owner, News International, said Thursday that it will shut down the newspaper after Sunday's issue.
July 16th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Timeline of News of the World scandal

Accusations that journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers hacked into the phones of politicians, celebrities and innocent people caught up in the news – including child murder victims – has severely bruised his media empire.

It has forced the closure of Britian’s biggest-selling paper, a withdrawal for his bid for the broadcaster BSkyB and the resignation of his trusted UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks.

The following is a timeline of the scandal:

November 2005 – News of the World prints a story about Prince William injuring his knee, prompting royal officials to complain to police about probable voice mail hacking.

January 2007 – News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are convicted of conspiracy to hack into phone voice mails of royals and are jailed. Andy Coulson, the paper's editor, claims to be unaware of hacking but still resigns.

July 2007 – Goodman and Mulcaire sue the tabloid for wrongful dismissal. Goodman receives ÂŁ80,000 and Mulcaire receives an undisclosed amount.

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Filed under: Media • United Kingdom