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  • Journalist: Morgan must have known about hacking

    RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press

    LONDON — CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan was an extremely hands-on tabloid editor who must have known that phone hacking was rife at his paper, a former employee claimed Wednesday. Business journalist James Hipwell said voicemail interceptions were an everyday activity at Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid, where Hipwell worked in the late 1990s as a columnist providing stock tips. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles, Tuesday. A tense and...

  • Queen tried to get UK poverty fund to heat palace

    GREGORY KATZ, RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writers

    Queen tried to get UK poverty fund to heat palace GREGORY KATZ RAPHAEL G. SATTER ssociated Press Writers LONDON (AP) — Even a monarch needs a little help from time to time — especially when the cost of heating those drafty old palaces spirals past $1.5 million a year. But a request for assistance from a government fund that provides subsidized heating to low-income Britons has caused a spot of bother for Queen Elizabeth II, long one of the world's wealthiest women. Her Majesty's application in 2004 was politely turned...

  • Britain could force owners to microchip dogs

    RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer LONDON

    British dog owners may be forced to microchip their pets and take out insurance, part of a proposed crackdown on the country's dangerous canines. Postmen are delighted, but civil libertarians grumble that Britain's sprawling surveillance state now wants to track the nation's estimated 8 million dogs. Others complain that the insurance plan would impose a financial penalty on innocent pet owners — while criminals who own violent animals will simply shirk the law. "This is yet more surveillance and continuous datagrabbing by...