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July 28, 2011 | BY RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's cybercrime unit has arrested a teenager it suspects of working as the spokesman for the Lulz Security hacking collective, officials said yesterday. The Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit arrested a 19-year-old at an address in Scotland's remote Shetland Islands, the force said in a statement. His name wasn't released, but police said he was believed to be "Topiary," one of LulzSec's most prominent members. LulzSec burst onto the hacking scene several months ago with attacks on Fox News and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service - which it defaced by posting a bogus story claiming that the late rapper Tupac Shakur had been discovered alive in New Zealand.
NEWS
July 18, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The head of Scotland Yard resigned Sunday amid a phone-hacking scandal that has reached into the highest levels of public life in Britain, a shocking turn of events that came hours after the arrest of one of media baron Rupert Murdoch's most trusted deputies. Paul Stephenson said he was stepping down as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, as Scotland Yard is formally known, because of continued criticism and speculation over links between senior police officials and Murdoch's media empire.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | By Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Hercule Poirot might be the ideal man for this job. The famed Belgian detective knew something about vegetables, and, by extension, their possible lethal qualities. While living in England during a brief respite from crime detection in one adventure, Agatha Christie's fictional hero grew marrows, an English squash, don't you know. While marrows might be relatively harmless, the wily Poirot would know how to deal with "The Case of the Deadly Turnip. " On July 14, Leslie Merry, 56, was strolling along the street near his home at Leytonstone, in London's East End, when he was struck in the back by a turnip hurled from a passing car. Merry died Sunday of his injuries.
NEWS
November 8, 2000 | By Andrea Gerlin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If it had been successful, it would have been the biggest robbery in history. As it turned out, a gang that tried to steal $500 million in rare diamonds yesterday in an elaborate, James Bond-style heist never had a chance. The diamonds had already been replaced with fakes, and Scotland Yard police were waiting, disguised as a cleaning crew. The robbers, aboard a yellow bulldozer and hurling smoke bombs, crashed into London's tentlike Millennium Dome shortly before the diamonds were to go on public display for the day. They used sledgehammers and a nail gun to break into a display case that was home to 12 precious diamonds owned by the South African mining company De Beers - including the 203-carat Millennium Star, the world's largest pear-shaped diamond.
NEWS
July 23, 1991 | By Lita Solis-Cohen, Special to The Inquirer
A well-known London antiques dealer has accused another dealer of cheating him by selling fakes of antique pottery worth $55,000, and the case may develop into a full-blown scandal in which many experts may have been duped, along with collectors in Philadelphia and other cities. Alistair Sampson, the London dealer, filed the suit against Buckinghamshire dealer Guy Davies in Britain's High Court, which will hear the complaint in the fall. Sampson said that he bought a salt-glaze bear, a redware taper stick and an agateware cat that were said to be 18th-century originals, but that they were fakes made by Davies, who is also a potter.
NEWS
April 25, 1993 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A suspected Irish Republican Army bomb ripped through the heart of London's financial district yesterday, killing one person, injuring more than 30 and causing extensive damage to office buildings. Police said the bomb, which exploded at 10:25 a.m., was packed into a construction truck parked near two bank buildings, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp. and the landmark NatWest Tower, the city's second-tallest office building. It punched a crater 40 feet across and blew out windows in banks, shops and office buildings, including those at the top of the 600-foot NatWest Tower.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Raphael Satter, Associated Press
LONDON - The "plebgate" scandal started with an angry exchange over a bicycle in front of Downing Street. The controversy over what a senior politician did or didn't say to officers guarding the prime minister's official residence has now grown into a full-blown crisis that is raising new questions about the ethics of Britain's largest police force. Scotland Yard's reputation has already been battered over its failure to curb law-breaking journalists and police corruption exposed in the phone-hacking scandal that exploded last year.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By Jill Lawless and Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner resigned Monday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone-hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to the British prime minister's office. Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament on the scandal and cut short his visit to Africa to try to contain the widening crisis. Lawmakers on Tuesday are to question Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm. In a further twist, Sean Hoare, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead Monday in his home, but the death was not believed to be suspicious.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner resigned yesterday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone-hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to the British prime minister's office. Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament on the scandal and cut short his visit to Africa to try to contain the widening crisis. Lawmakers today are to question Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm. In a further twist, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead yesterday in his home, but it was not believed to be suspicious.
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A riverboat carrying up to 150 people on a late-night cruise collided with a barge and sank early today in the River Thames. Several people drowned, up to 40 were missing, and more than 70 were hospitalized, authorities said. The London Fire Brigade said several bodies were removed from the river, but it declined to specify how many. The Marchioness pleasure cruiser and a dredging barge collided near Blackfriars Bridge, less than a mile from the Houses of Parliament, shortly before 2 a.m., police Inspector Howard Neil said.
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December 24, 2012 | By Raphael Satter, Associated Press
LONDON - The "plebgate" scandal started with an angry exchange over a bicycle in front of Downing Street. The controversy over what a senior politician did or didn't say to officers guarding the prime minister's official residence has now grown into a full-blown crisis that is raising new questions about the ethics of Britain's largest police force. Scotland Yard's reputation has already been battered over its failure to curb law-breaking journalists and police corruption exposed in the phone-hacking scandal that exploded last year.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
DAVID NALBANDIAN drew blood. He didn't mean to, certainly not from a harmless side judge whose misfortune it was to be sitting behind an advertising partition during the men's final of the AEGON Championships at the Queens Club in England on Sunday. This is the annual warmup to the following week's Wimbledon tournament and Nalbandian had made his way all the way to the final against Croatian Marin Cilic, had won the first set even, was in line for a $57,350 payday, until he, um, kicked it away.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Police investigating Britain's phone-hacking scandal swooped down on a number of homes in an early-morning raid Tuesday and arrested six people, including a woman widely identified as Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. Scotland Yard said five men and the woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a more serious charge than phone hacking. That suggests that the authorities' probe into the scandal has broadened to include an investigation into a possible cover-up by employees and executives at Murdoch-owned News International.
NEWS
February 4, 2012 | By Raphael Satter, Associated Press
LONDON - They traded jokes, chuckled, and talked shop about a hacker plot called "Project Mayhem. " But at the heart of the conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard was a strategy aimed at bringing down the hacking collective known as Anonymous, which has launched embarrassing attacks across the Internet. Unfortunately for the cyber sleuths, the hackers were listening, too - and now so is the rest of the world. Anonymous published the roughly 15-minute-long recording of the call to the Internet early Friday, gloating in a Twitter message that "the FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now. " The FBI said that the information "was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained" but that no FBI systems were breached.
NEWS
July 28, 2011 | BY RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's cybercrime unit has arrested a teenager it suspects of working as the spokesman for the Lulz Security hacking collective, officials said yesterday. The Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit arrested a 19-year-old at an address in Scotland's remote Shetland Islands, the force said in a statement. His name wasn't released, but police said he was believed to be "Topiary," one of LulzSec's most prominent members. LulzSec burst onto the hacking scene several months ago with attacks on Fox News and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service - which it defaced by posting a bogus story claiming that the late rapper Tupac Shakur had been discovered alive in New Zealand.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By Jill Lawless and Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner resigned Monday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone-hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to the British prime minister's office. Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament on the scandal and cut short his visit to Africa to try to contain the widening crisis. Lawmakers on Tuesday are to question Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm. In a further twist, Sean Hoare, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead Monday in his home, but the death was not believed to be suspicious.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner resigned yesterday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone-hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to the British prime minister's office. Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament on the scandal and cut short his visit to Africa to try to contain the widening crisis. Lawmakers today are to question Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm. In a further twist, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead yesterday in his home, but it was not believed to be suspicious.
NEWS
July 18, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The head of Scotland Yard resigned Sunday amid a phone-hacking scandal that has reached into the highest levels of public life in Britain, a shocking turn of events that came hours after the arrest of one of media baron Rupert Murdoch's most trusted deputies. Paul Stephenson said he was stepping down as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, as Scotland Yard is formally known, because of continued criticism and speculation over links between senior police officials and Murdoch's media empire.
NEWS
March 29, 2011 | By Paisley Dodds, Associated Press
LONDON - Scotland Yard is bracing for all types of security threats to the royal wedding - ranging from terrorists and anarchists to anti-monarchists and other protesters. Monday's declaration came after rogue groups disrupted a peaceful demonstration Saturday against Britain's harshest spending cuts since World War II. About 250,000 protesters flooded London, but small groups broke away, hurling ammonia-filled bulbs, paint, and wooden planks at officers and smashing windows near Trafalgar Square.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
To be sure, there are grisly decapitations in Universal's remake of its classic horror title, The Wolfman - the tooth-and-talon handiwork of the beast that rages under a full moon. But thanks to the projectionist at a promotional preview screening at United Artists Riverview the other night, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Emily Blunt spent the first 10 minutes of this fog-shrouded dud with their heads cut off, too. And later on, in the midst of some high drama on the moors, the film slipped out of frame again, chopping the entire cast off mid-forehead.
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