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5:37am

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Britain's Cameron Defends Ex-Aide In Tabloid Scandal

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:38 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a public admission of regret Wednesday over the phone-hacking crisis during Wednesday's emergency session of the House of Commons.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron defended a former aide embroiled in a major phone-hacking and bribery scandal but told Parliament on Wednesday that in "20/20 hindsight" he would not have hired the tabloid editor as his communications chief.

In a special session before the House of Commons, Cameron rebuffed catcalls from the opposition to defend Andy Coulson, who is one of nearly a dozen people arrested in an investigation of phone hacking and corruption at the now-shuttered News of the World.

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5:29am

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Mass. Man Savors Court Victory Over Parking Ticket

In 2009, Michael D. Rivers parked at a meter in Springfield, Mass., and received a $25 parking ticket. Rivers said he put 50 cents in the meter, which was broken. He chose to fight it in court, representing himself. Two years and hundreds of dollars in filing fees later, a judge threw out the ticket.

5:19am

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Pittsburgh Celebrates Getting Its 'H' Back

This week marks 100 years since the city got its "H" back. A federal agency had stripped Pittsburgh of its silent, final letter. It wanted a standard for all cities ending in berg.

5:15am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

British Lawmakers Trade Jabs Over Hacking Scandal

There's a remarkable scene playing out right now in the British Parliament, where Prime Minister David Cameron has been laying out a defense of his — and his staff's — actions related to the "hacking scandal" and the leader of the opposition has accused Cameron of ignoring warnings about some of the News Corp. executives hired to work for the government.

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5:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
Three Books...

Against All Odds: 3 Triumphant Tales Of Survival

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All of the survival challenges I've been faced with so far in my life were about on the level of the time I locked myself in my basement without a cellphone. I'm not a danger-seeker, and I've always been a little suspicious of people who are. But those forced to struggle for their very survival — due to the cruelty of others, or freak weather, or strange twists of fate — earn my unqualified awe, an awe that multiplies exponentially when the people thus tested are teenagers or even mere children. Here are three electrifying stories of very young people surviving very bad things.

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