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Rebekah Brooks resigns, succumbs to pressure from phone hacking scandal

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James Murdoch praised Brooks as "one of the outstanding editors of her generation and she can be proud of many accomplishments as an executive."

Murdoch and Brooks (right) have come under extreme scrutiny in the midst of the hacking scandal. (Photo: Associated Press)

"We support her as she takes this step to clear her name," he said.

On Thursday, police arrested Neil Wallis, former deputy editor and then executive editor of News of the World, in the investigation of phone hacking.

In the United States, meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into claims that News Corp. journalists may have sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims in its quest for sensational scoops.

The U.K. investigation of phone hacking appears still to be at an early stage. Police say they have recovered a list of 3,700 names — regarded as potential victims — but so far had been in touch with fewer than 200 people.

While largely still on the defensive, another one of Murdoch's British papers, The Sun tabloid, scored one point Friday against former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who had accused the paper of obtaining confidential medical files on his younger son, who has cystic fibrosis.

The Sun had vigorously rebutted the claim, saying it got its information from another parent, so far unidentified, allegedly motivated by a hope of raising awareness of the disease.

On Friday, The Guardian newspaper apologized for accepting Brown's version of events.

"Articles in the Guardian of Tuesday 12 July incorrectly reported that the Sun newspaper had obtained information on the medical condition of Gordon Brown's son from his medical records," the newspaper said in its corrections column. "In fact, the information came from a different source and the Guardian apologizes for its error."

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