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Debt Talks Continue; British Police Chief Quits Over Hacking Scandal

Jul 18, 2011

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Republican and Democratic congressional leaders will talk again today with President Obama about the debt limit. CNN says negotiators spoke over the weekend but no progress is reported. Pressure is building - the U.S. reaches its debt limit in 15 days.

Britain's most senior police officer is resigning. Sir Paul Stephenson, the head of the Metropolitan police, says he didn't tell Prime Minister David Cameron the Met had hired a former editor with the now-defunct News of the World until last week. The Guardian has an analysis here.

And Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World executive who resigned Friday from News International, was arrested and questioned for most of Sunday by British police. The Guardian reports she's now a suspect in the case of phone hacking and bribery of police officers.

U.S. Gen. David Petraeus has transferred command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen. He's leaving to run the CIA. Reuters says the command change occurred on the same day three NATO troops were killed by a bomb in eastern Afghanistan.

The National Weather Service says heat and humidity have combined to form 'dangerous conditions' across much of the central U.S. Heat index values have soared to 126 degrees in parts of the upper Midwest. The punishing heat is rolling toward the East Coast, so the NWS offers this reminder: "Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, so take precautions."

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