As was expected, "Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and a former royals reporter for the News of the World tabloid were arrested Friday, the latest to be swept up by Britain's rapidly evolving media scandal over phone hacking and bribing police," The Associated Press writes.
This morning's word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about the effectiveness of Democratic President Obama's attempts to boost the economy.
Bradford Plumer is an associate editor at The New Republic.
And just like that, the News of the World is gone. Never mind that Rupert Murdoch's racy tabloid was the best-selling and most profitable weekly in Britain, with a circulation of some 2.6 million. After the paper was caught hacking — repeatedly, and flagrantly — into the phones of everyone from the royals to a child murder victim, and once advertisers started fleeing en masse, a death sentence was the only option left
The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in June from 9.1 percent the month before as businesses and government agencies added only 18,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.
Both figures are well below the already modest pre-report forecasts from economists.
We'll add more details from the report shortly.
President Obama is scheduled to make a statement about the news at 10:35 a.m. ET, the White House says.
Space shuttle Atlantis roared off the launch pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this morning, beginning a 12-day mission to the International Space Station that marks the end of NASA's 30-year-old shuttle program.
With hundreds of thousands of people looking on from highways, beaches and balconies along Florida's "Space Coast," and millions more watching on television or the Web, the shuttle and its crew of four lifted off after a morning of uncertainty about whether storms in the area might force a postponement.
In May, when the space shuttle Atlantis was moved to its launch pad, STS-135's flight engineer, Rex Walheim, got a bit emotional.
"That is the most graceful, beautiful vehicle we've had to fly in space, ever, and it's going to be a long time until you see a vehicle roll out to the pad that looks as beautiful as that," Walheim said. "How can you beat that? An airplane on the side of a rocket. It's absolutely stunning."
London police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who also served as the prime minister's former communications chief, in relation to Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
London police said a 43-year-old man was arrested Friday morning over allegations of phone hacking and police bribery and was in custody at a London police station. They did not name him but offered the information when asked about Coulson.