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Nation & world briefs, July 25

Snowden staying
in Russia for now

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow’s airport a month ago, aims to stay in Russia for the near future and learn the country’s culture and language, his lawyer said yesterdsay.

To get him started, Anatoly Kucherena said he gave Snowden a copy of Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky’s lengthy novel about the torment and redemption of a man who thought himself outside the law.

The day’s developments left the White House – and nearly everyone else – “seeking clarity” about the status of the man who revealed details of an NSA program to monitor internet and telephone communications.

When Snowden first arrived at Sheremetyevo, he was believed to be planning just to transfer to a flight to Cuba and then to Venezuela to seek asylum. But the United States canceled his passport, stranding him.

New York

Weiner faces calls
to drop out of race

Anthony Weiner pressed ahead with his bid for New York City mayor yesterday despite growing calls for him to drop out over a new sexting scandal, saying the campaign is too important to abandon over “embarrassing personal things” becoming public.

Rivals, newspaper editorial pages and at least one former New York congressional colleague urged the Democrat to quit the race a day after he acknowledged exchanging raunchy messages and photos online even after the same sort of behavior destroyed his congressional career two years ago.

Weiner brushed off such calls and kept up his campaign schedule.

Massachusetts

Hernandez’s probable cause hearing delayed

A judge yesterday gave prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury in their murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez was in court for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing, but prosecutors said the grand jury is still considering the evidence against him.

Judge Daniel O’Shea considered defense objections to a delay but decided to reschedule the hearing for Aug. 22. Hernandez will continue to be held without bail until then.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home.

The Associated Press

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