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WORLD: Murdoch takes no blame for phone hacking

Murdoch takes no blame for phone hacking

LONDON -- Summoned by British lawmakers Tuesday to account for a phone hacking and bribery scandal, Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed but accepted no personal responsibility, insisting he was at fault only for trusting the wrong people at a now-defunct tabloid that made up a tiny portion of his vast media empire.

The 80-year-old media tycoon endured a three-hour grilling from lawmakers and escaped attempts to tar him with individual blame for the scandal that has rocked his empire and embroiled Britain's top police, politicians and many journalists.

Murdoch appeared confused and flustered in the beginning of the parliamentary committee hearing, turning frequently to his son James for answers. But he regained his trademark cool and confidently told the committee that he wasn't responsible for eavesdropping or bribing police. He also said he had no plans of resigning.

Dora nearly a hurricane

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Tropical Storm Dora grew to near-hurricane force in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday on a track that would keep it offshore from Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was centered about 265 miles south of Puerto Angel and it was moving west-northwest at 15 mph with top sustained winds near 70 mph.

Its proximity to the coast prompted Mexican authorities to issue heavy-rain warnings in the Pacific coast states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

FBI: Pakistan lobbied US

WASHINGTON -- For years, the Pakistani spy agency funneled millions of dollars to a Washington nonprofit group in a secret effort to influence Congress and the White House, the Justice Department said Tuesday in court documents that are certain to complicate already strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

FBI agents arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, the executive director of the Kashmiri American Council, on Tuesday and charged him with being an unregistered agent of a foreign government. Under the supervision of a senior member of Pakistan's spy agency, Fai donated money to political campaigns, wrote newspaper op-eds, organized congressional trips and met with White House officials.