News Corp.: No US charges in UK phone-hacking scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox say the U.S. Justice Department has closed a lengthy investigation into a phone-hacking scandal in Britain without filing any charges.

The resolution announced Monday provides News Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. with some relief from the myriad of legal headaches that have plagued the companies for more than three years.

The trouble stems from 2011 revelations that reporters working for British tabloids owned by News Corp. had been eavesdropping on private voicemails for years in search of titillating stories.

New York-based News Corp. and Twenty-First Century say they are “grateful” the U.S. inquiry is completed.

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment.

Murdoch split News Corp. into two companies in 2013. The new News Corp. has the newspaper businesses.

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