Jim Northrup, a key part of the Detroit Tigers' 1968 World Series champion team, died Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was 71.
Northrup hit a two-run triple off St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson in the seventh inning of Game 7 of that series, which the Tigers came back to win after trailing three games to one. It was the only triple Gibson gave up all season.
"He was big, tall and thin with a beautiful flowing swing, and he had real major power," former teammate Dick Tracewski told the Free Press. "He was a hell of a ballplayer, and he was a hell of a guy. I loved Jim Northrup."
England phone hacking - A powerful British media group owned by mogul Rupert Murdoch is fighting new accusations that it illegally obtained information about members of the royal family and top politicians after a lawmaker accused the media group of hacking. Police have information that strongly suggests that a private investigator targeted royals, lawmakers and high-level terrorist informers on behalf of Murdoch's News International, Labour lawmaker Tom Watson said in Parliament. British media said the targets included former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Kate Middleton.
E. coli update –– The number of people who have died from an E. coli bacteria outbreak in Europe has risen to at least 25, all but one in Germany, health officials say. Farmers in several European countries are seeking compensation for financial losses they suffered after being wrongly blamed for the outbreak. Farmers who grow cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and lettuce will be eligible to receive up to 50% of the average market price they would have received, based on figures from 2008-2010, according to the European Union.
Libya war - An international coalition that is trying to build support for Libya's transitional government if leader Moammar Gadhafi leaves will meet Thursday. Gadhafi's forces this week launched a new attack against the rebel-held port city of Misrata, the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in the months-long civil war that has killed thousands of civilians. Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the death.
Weiner scandal - Calls are increasing from both fellow Democrats and Republicans for New York Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign. Things got worse for Weiner on Wednesday as radio shock jocks tweeted an alleged nude photo of him. The married lawmaker admitted that he sent inappropriate digital images of himself to women after he initially denied that he'd sent them.