LONDON — James Murdoch's former legal adviser and a former editor contested the testimony he gave to British lawmakers, saying Thursday he was told years ago about an e-mail that suggested the rot at his Sunday tabloid was far more widespread than previously claimed.
Their statement could deal a blow to the credibility of Rupert Murdoch's son as the family struggles to limit the damage from a phone-hacking scandal that has already cost the media empire one of its British tabloids, two top executives and a billion-dollar bid for control of a satellite broadcaster.
Mexican army seizes cache of methamphetamine chemicals
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican army has seized a cache of more than 926 tons of precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamines, one of the largest such seizures to date in Mexico.
The discovery came Wednesday, the same day an army patrol in another location found a sophisticated underground meth lab reachable by a 35-yard long tunnel.
Mexico has become a center for meth production, based on precursor chemicals shipped in from foreign suppliers, often in Asia.
Photos from the scene of the raid showed thousands of phenylacetamide sacks stacked several yards high, and hundreds of drums of other chemicals also used to make meth.
Monarch butterfly wintering grounds in better shape
MEXICO CITY — Deforestation in the wintering grounds of the Monarch butterfly in central Mexico has dropped to just over one acre's worth of trees, compared to the hundreds of acres lost annually in the past.
And fewer of the pine and fir trees that shelter the butterflies have been lost to bad weather this year, according to a report by researchers from Mexico's National Autonomous University and the Monarch Fund.
Illegal logging in the protected butterfly reserve dropped from 1.56 hectares in the 2009 winter season to just under a half hectare (about one acre) in the reserve's core zone during this year's winter.
"This is what happens when you have enforcement of the law, and economic alternatives for the inhabitants," said Omar Vidal, of the Worldwide Fund for Nature.