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Tainted scoops: British tabloid admits it phone-hacked celebrities

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WHAT: After denying complicity for years, News of the World finally admitted it was responsible for hacking into cellphones of high-profile figures and eavesdropping on their voicemails.

WHO: Among the celebrities allegedly targeted for titillating scoops were members of the British royal family including Princes William and Harry, plus actors Sienna Miller and Jude Law.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: The big-selling weekly tabloid, owned by Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology and offered to make payouts. It is currently being sued by about two dozen celebrities.