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A tarnished tabloid and a high-stakes horse race are both trending on Twitter in the UK today.
Rupert Murdoch‘s News International, which publishes The News of the World, is admitting liability and offering an “unreserved apology” to celebrities, including actress Sienna Miller, whose phones were hacked by the newspaper.
The company will likely end up paying millions of pounds in damages, as well.
The BBC and other news organizations are reporting that News International has agreed to pay seven other celebrities and public figures in addition to Miller, but at least 24 individuals in total have sued over the News of the World’s invasion of privacy.
Among the others who are reportedly being compensated: Tessa Jowell, former culture secretary, former Sky Sports commentator Andy Gray, and Sky Andrew, the former Olympian and talent agent.
The BBC’s Robert Peston had the story:
fauxtronic: Poor News International. They are very sad because the News of the World failed to cover-up (oops, I mean uncover!) important evidence.
rebeccasbrain: Happy day for Sienna Miller. Good for her.
Grand National, Aintree
The Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool has been trending today, in advance of the big races there tomorrow.
Today was Ladies Day.
steeplechasing: Aintree sell out: Tickets for Saturday now sold out. first time John Smith’s Grand National day has completely sold out since 1984