News Summary: UK hacking trial gets underway

News Summary: UK hacking prosecutor says Brooks, Coulson had affair

Associated Press

BOMBSHELL DISCLOSURE: At Britain's phone hacking trial, a prosecutor said two of Rupert Murdoch's senior tabloid executives had an affair lasting at least six years.

THE PLEAS: Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six other people on trial, including Brooks' husband Charles, all deny the charges against them, which range from phone hacking to bribing officials to obstructing a police investigation.

THE BACKGROUND: Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the affair covered the period when Brooks was the top editor of Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and Coulson was her deputy. Brooks edited the paper from 2000 to 2003, then edited its sister paper, The Sun, and later became the CEO of Murdoch's British newspaper division.

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