- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2011

LONDON — News International says shuttering the scandal-wracked News of the World will cost about 200 tabloid staffers their jobs.

News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop says employees laid off in the closure will be able to apply for other jobs within the media company.

The abrupt decision Thursday to shut down the best-selling tabloid at the center of Britain’s phone hacking scandal follows an extraordinary three days in which multiple revelations about intrusive phone hacking cost the paper its advertising base and reader support.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid was found to have hacked into the phone message of a teenage murder victim and was suspected of possibly targeting the relatives of slain soldiers in its quest to produce attention-grabbing headlines.

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