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8:45am

Fri July 8, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Loving To Loathe British Libel Law

Protesters demonstrate outside the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in London last week against the government announcement approving takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Yesterday, Murdoch announced he was shutting down the British weekly News of the World amid scandal of illegally hacking into cell phones for story leads.
Sang Tan AP

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

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8:35am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Only 18,000 Jobs Added In June, Jobless Rate Edged Up To 9.2 Percent

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.

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8:21am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Bad Weather Hangs Over Kennedy Space Center

The space shuttle Atlantis is fueled and the astronauts are waiting to see if there will be a launch Friday. The weather could delay the final bast off of a shuttle. After 30 years, NASA is ending the program. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce and Wade Goodwyn talk to Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about the mission.

7:50am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Atlantis Blasts Off On Shuttle Program's Final Mission

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 11:23 am

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
John Raoux AP

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.

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7:47am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Court Rules Against Dillard's In Hot Dog Case

Nolan Koewler was fired from a Dillard's department store in Evansville, Ind., after July 4, 2010. He'd taken two leftover hot dogs after a company picnic. After losing his job, Koewler sued. He said he didn't hear his boss's instructions to save them. Indiana's Court of Appeals has ordered the store to pay him unemployment benefits.

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