In London, criminal charges have been filed Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, one of Britain's most powerful couples. Rebekah Brooks is the former News International executive at the center of News Corp.'s phone hacking scandal. These are the first charges formally filed since the investigation started in Jan. 2011, though there have been many arrests.
She and her husband Charlie, a horse trainer, are accused of "conspiring to pervert the course of justice," essentially alleged attempts to conceal evidence. Brooks is suspected to have removed documents and computers from News International during the police investigation. Brooks, her husband, and four other officials face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the charges.
The charges however do not include illegal phone hacking, which started the investigation.
Sarah Lyall, who's covering this story for the New York Times.