Phone-hacking trial of Murdoch aides opens

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Associated Press

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 10:06 AM

LONDON (AP) — Two former editors at Britain's News of the World tabloid are going on trial today along with several others, on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while working at the publication owned by Rupert Murdoch. It has since been shut down.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were once two of the most powerful people in the British media. They were associates of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Brooks and Coulson arrived early at London's Central Criminal Court for the first day of the trial, which was opening with legal arguments and jury selection.

Brooks came by taxi with her husband, Charles Brooks, who faces a related charge of obstructing justice.

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173-v-32-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--The British media scandal over alleged telephone hacking and the bribing of police is center stage in London -- the early chapters of a trial that's likely to go on for months. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. (28 Oct 2013)

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174-c-19-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"minister's communications chief"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports the British phone hacking scandal is heading toward a crescendo as eight defendants, including two journalist friends of the British prime minister, face a criminal trial jury in London. (28 Oct 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Rebekah Brooks headshot, former News International chief executive, arriving at The Old Bailey law court, London, England, graphic element on gray (28 Oct 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Andy Coulson headshot, former editor of the News of the World newspaper, arriving at The Old Bailey law court , London, England, graphic element on gray (28 Oct 2013)

APPHOTO LKW106: Rebekah Brooks arrives at The Old Bailey law court in London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Former News of the World national newspaper editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are due to go on trial Monday, along with several others, on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while at the now closed tabloid paper.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (28 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO LLP111: Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at The Old Bailey law court in London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Former News of the World national newspaper editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are due to go on trial Monday along with several others, on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while at the now closed tabloid paper.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (28 Oct 2013)

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