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AG promises 9/11 families preliminary probe of phone hacking report involving Murdoch empire
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Attorney General Eric Holder is promising 9/11 families a preliminary criminal investigation into a report of possible phone hacking involving the Rupert Murdoch media empire.
Following a meeting Wednesday at the Justice Department that lasted over an hour, the family members and their lawyer said they were pleased that the attorney general made the commitment for a preliminary investigation into whether they were the targets of phone hacking by journalists at Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World.
The suggestion that Sept. 11 victim families in the United States might have been subject to phone hacking rests on a single, thinly sourced news story in the Daily Mirror, a London tabloid rival to Murdoch's The Sun.