July 19th, 2011
07:09 PM ET

Phone-hacking hearing: Key moments

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks faced tough questioning Tuesday from British lawmakers investigating a phone-hacking scandal that threatens to engulf the News Corp. media empire.

Here are some key moments of the day.

Rupert Murdoch:

"I was absolutely shocked, appalled and ashamed when I heard about the Milly Dowler case," he said, referring to the slain British schoolgirl whose voice mail the News of the World is accused of hacking.

"No," he said, when asked if he was responsible for the scandal. When asked who did he think was responsible he said: "The people that I trusted, and then maybe the people they trusted."

How did Rupert Murdoch do in the hot seat?

James Murdoch:

"I have no knowledge and there is no evidence that I'm aware of that Mrs. Brooks or Mr. (Les) Hinton or any of those executives had knowledge of that ... . Nonetheless those resignations have been accepted, but it's important on the basis that there is no evidence today, that I have seen or have any knowledge of, that there was any impropriety," he said in reference to whether the recent resignations at News Corp. executives was because they knew of phone-hacking incidents.

Rebekah Brooks:

"I can say that I have never paid a policeman myself. I've never sanctioned or knowingly sanctioned a payment to a police officer."

"The suggestion that Milly Dowler voicemails was intercepted by someone working for the News Of the World or someone on the  News Of the World was unknown to me, it's abhorrent to me and that's all I can tell you."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Have Americans forgiven Michael Vick yet?
Michael Vick will head to D.C. in support of legislation to crack down on dogfight spectators.
July 19th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Have Americans forgiven Michael Vick yet?

Comment of the day:

"Michael Vick. A proponent of illegal dog-fighting legislation? That's rich. I don't care how far he can throw a football. He hasn't earned my forgiveness and probably never will.” - cmd5150

Vick goes to Washington

Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 20 months for a dog-fighting conviction, is continuing to speak out against animal cruelty. Along with the head of the Humane Society of the United States, Vick will speak on Capital Hill about his support of a new bill that aims to strengthen penalties against spectators of dog and cock fights.

So has the public forgiven Vick, or do people think he will never be able to right his wrongs? CNN.com readers were divided:

esteebo said, “[I am] a long-time advocate of animal rights and I am disgusted with comments on here calling him ‘sick’ and ‘trash.’ He did something horrible; he was punished for it and is now taking steps to ensure that others do not make the same mistakes. If a drug dealer went to prison, saw the errors of his ways and started working with inter-city youth to keep them from selling drugs, would we be saying the same thing?”

ness22 responded, “The truth is he was never punished for the torture and murder of dogs – he was sent to jail for gambling. Also, he needs to be ‘contrite’ to keep getting those endorsement deals, like the one he just signed with Nike. If you think he is sorry, I feel sorry that you are so naive. He was flippant and obnoxious about his involvement, showing no remorse until it was obvious he needed to change his tune if he wanted to get paid again. He is a horrible role model and a horrible human being.”


Live Blog: Murdochs, Brooks, police testify in phone-hacking scandal
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks testifies at a UK hearing.
July 19th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

Live Blog: Murdochs, Brooks, police testify in phone-hacking scandal

Editor's Note: Watch live coverage of Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks answering questions before the British Parliament in the phone-hacking scandal on CNN.com/Live, the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and selected Nokia handsets internationally.

[Updated at 6:16 p.m. GMT, 2:16 p.m. ET]  Bit of a twist at the end – and an intriguing cliffhanger request from Brooks.

At the end of her session, she asked that, when she is freed from legal constraints – remember, she has been arrested and bailed – she be invited back again to be questioned by the committee. Committee members said they were fine with that.

And with that, Brooks left the hearing.


July 19th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

FBI conducting searches into hacking collective, official says

Search warrants were being executed in New York and several other states Tuesday by the FBI as part of an investigation into suspected members of a notorious hacking collective known as Anonymous, according to a federal government official.

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Report: Genetic breakthrough could increase value of rice by 25%
A farmer checks on rice plants at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines last year.
July 19th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Report: Genetic breakthrough could increase value of rice by 25%

Scientists say they are close to identifying the genes responsible for the chalkiness of rice, knowledge that could lead to increasing yields of the staple crop, the International Rice Research Institute reports.

Developing chalk-free varieties of rice could increase the grain's value by 25%, according to the report.

Chalk is the white portion of the grain. During the milling process, rice with high chalkiness breaks apart more easily, reducing the amount that makes it to market.

The chalkiness of rice is a product of genetics and environment, with a few low-chalk varieties now available.


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On the Radar: Murdoch testimony, debt ceiling, heat wave, Vick, Gaza
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch faces tough questioning Tuesday from British lawmakers in the phone-hacking scandal.
July 19th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

On the Radar: Murdoch testimony, debt ceiling, heat wave, Vick, Gaza

Hacking scandal: Media baron Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World CEO Rebekah Brooks are to be quizzed today by Parliament on the phone-hacking scandal and other allegations facing News International. Sir Paul Stephenson, who has resigned as chief of the London Metropolitan Police, testifies first before the Home Affairs Select Committee, followed by Scotland Yard communications director Dick Federico and John Yates, the assistant police commissioner who quit Monday.

Follow CNN's live blog of the testimony


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July 19th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Scientist: Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say.

Prime Group, owner of the 39-story TechnoMart commercial-residential high-rise in Seoul, said 17 middle-aged people were working out to the pop song "The Power" by Snap on July 5 when their movements set the upper floors of the tower shaking for 10 minutes, according to a report from the Korea JoongAng Daily.

Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

“We observed the vibrometer while performing the same kind of aerobic exercise that was performed at the time of the shaking which occurred on July 5. We noticed that the shaking was felt in the upper floors while the exercise was being performed while no other place showed signs of tremor,” Chung Lan, a professor of architectural engineering at Dankook University, told the Korea Times.

“It just happens to be that the vibration cycle caused by Tae Bo collided with the vertical vibration cycle unique to the building,” Chung told the Korea Times. The action amplified the building's vibration and caused the shaking, he said.

Chung was one of six professors from the Architectural Institute of Korea who inspected the building and recreated the Tae Bo exercise.

Tae Bo is a mixture of boxing and tae kwon do.

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