U.K.'s Hacking Scandal Grows; Minnesota's Shutdown Continues

Jul 6, 2011

Good morning.

For dramatic videos, check out the post we put up earlier about last night's dust storm in Phoenix.

We've also already filed on the Obama administration's decision to bring a terrorism suspect from Somalia to New York City for trial in a civilian criminal court.

This afternoon, at 2 p.m. ET, we'll be following the first-ever "Twitter @Townhall at the White House," during which President Obama will answer questions that come in via the social networking site.

As for other stories making headlines, they include:

-- Families Of London Bombing Victims May Have Had Phones Hacked: "Families of 7/7 bombing victims may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World, it has emerged. A solicitor for some of the relatives said one family had been told their phone may have been hacked in 2005." (BBC News)

From a related story: Advertisers start pulling out of News of the World; Prime Minister David Cameron says there need to be inquiries. (The Guardian)

For Background On The Scandal: "Uproar In U.K. Over Alleged Hacking Of Missing Girl's Phone;" "Tabloid Under Fire In Missing Teen Case."

-- In Minnesota, "More Negotiations, But No Fix Yet" On Impasse That Has Shut Down Government: "[Democratic] Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are scheduled to meet privately Wednesday to talk again about ways to end their budget standoff. The two sides met Tuesday for the first time since the shutdown began on Friday. ... But problematic of this year's budget talks is that the two sides can't agree what they agree on." (Minnesota Public Radio)

-- "Strauss-Kahn Lawyers And Prosecution Set Meeting To Discuss Dismissal or Plea Deal": "Manhattan prosecutors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday with the lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to discuss whether the sexual assault case against him can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement, according to a person briefed on the matter." (The New York Times)

-- Freedom, Book Deal Next For Casey Anthony? "Don't be surprised if Casey Anthony walks out of jail a free woman after her sentencing Thursday, legal experts say. And, they add, there is nothing stopping her from cashing in on book or movie deals — as her acquittal on serious charges now means she is free to profit off her story." (CNN)

For Background On The Anthony Story: "Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Of Killing Her Daughter."

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