No change: Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says Russia has not budged from its refusal to extradite U.S. leaker Edward Snowden, who has applied for asylum. Snowden, who is believed to have been staying at the…

Lawyer: Researcher in cyanide case wasn’t fleeing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The attorney for a University of Pittsburgh researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide says his client wasn’t fleeing police when he left Florida — he was simply driving back to Pennsylvania to…

Italian police break up mobsters’ insurance fraud

ROME (AP) — Police in southern Italy say they have broken up an insurance fraud run by a crime syndicate that counted on the collusion of doctors, lawyers and auto repair shop owners. Rodolfo Ruperti, a police official…

Fred Armisen to direct Kings of Leon live stream

NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Armisen will direct a live stream of an upcoming Kings of Leon concert for the digital series “American Express Unstaged.” The Nashville, Tenn., band’s Aug. 9 concert at London’s Shepherd’s Bush will be…

Senegal police chief sacked amid drug allegations

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A government spokesman says Senegal’s national police director has been removed from his post amid allegations he was involved in drug trafficking. Abdou Latif Coulibaly said President Macky Sall made the decision to relieve…

Cuba marks 60th anniversary of revolution’s start

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Friday commemorated the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s failed attack on a military army barracks that is considered the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. President Raul Castro was expected to speak at the…

Syrian troops advance in central city

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government troops gained ground in clashes Friday in two rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, edging closer to a historic mosque and closing in on opposition fighters in the area, state…

Michigan man planning private pinball museum

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man is planning to turn a vacant VFW hall into a private museum for his growing collection of vintage pinball machines. WHMI-FM reports (http://bit.ly/12p0y6W ) the planning commission in Livingston…

Juror feels she let down Trayvon Martin’s parents

MIAMI (AP) — A juror says she feels like she let Trayvon Martin’s parents down by agreeing to acquit George Zimmerman in the teen’s fatal shooting. In a taped interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” juror…

Futures slip on China moves and struggles for tech

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are heading lower on some disappointing quarterly performances from tech companies and more hints that China is trying to rein in growth to keep its economy under control. Dow Jones industrial futures…

Rupert Grint to make stage debut in London

LONDON (AP) — Rupert Grint is following his “Harry Potter” co-star Daniel Radcliffe onto the stage. Producers announced Friday that Grint, who was ginger-haired wizard Ron Weasley in the Potter films, will play a pill-popping gangster in a…

Eliot Spitzer: Wife won’t appear on campaign trail

NEW YORK (AP) — Eliot Spitzer says his wife won’t be accompanying him on the campaign trail for New York City comptroller, noting “she’s got a career.” The tarnished former governor tells the New York Post (http://bit.ly/16gZmiT )…

Nov. 4 trial date set in slayings of Ohio teens

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a Nov. 4 trial date for a 17-year-old boy charged in the slayings of two teen brothers in northwest Ohio. The trial date was set during a h……

‘Pink Panther’ jewel thief escapes Swiss prison

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say a member of the notorious ‘Pink Panther’ jewel thief gang has escaped from prison. Police say Milan Poparic fled with a fellow inmate late Thursday after two accomplices rammed a gate and…

Green paint splattered on DC’s Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police in Washington say the Lincoln Memorial is temporarily closed after someone splattered green paint on the statue and the floor area. Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered early Friday morning.…

UN human rights office unveils gay-rights campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations’ human rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays,…