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London police said a 52-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of corruption and misconduct in a public office. The woman was detained at a house in Essex, in southeastern England, and was being questioned.

Eight people, including a reporter working for The Sun tabloid, have so far been arrested as part of the police corruption inquiry, although no one has yet been charged.

Also Wednesday, the former editor of the News of the World lost a legal bid to make the owner of the now-defunct newspaper pay his legal bills.

Andy Coulson left the tabloid after a reporter and a private investigator were jailed for hacking in 2007.

He became Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief but resigned when the phone hacking scandal erupted again earlier this year.

A High Court judge ruled that Coulson’s severance agreement did not require the company to pay his costs relating to allegations of criminal behavior.

Separately, another judge ruled that Murdoch's News Group Newspapers had to continue paying the legal fees of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the center of the scandal.

High Court justice Andrew Morritt said the News International subsidiary News Group Newspapers was bound by an agreement last year protecting Mulcaire from costs and damages arising from voicemail litigation in which they were joint defendants.

The company, itself a subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corp., had tried to end the contract after it emerged publicly that it was still guaranteeing the costs of a convicted criminal. Mulcaire was jailed briefly in 2007, along with News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman, for eavesdropping on the phone messages of royal aides.

Goodman and Mulcaire remain the only two people ever convicted over the practice.


Associated Press writers Jill Lawless and David Stringer contributed to this report.



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