MOSCOW (AP) - For the first time since June 23rd, Edward Snowden is somewhere other than the Moscow airport. He was able to leave today and enter Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum. There's no word on where he went. His lawyer says that will be kept secret, for security reasons.
The man who leaked details of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs took refuge at the airport as he tried to evade espionage charges back home.
Snowden now has asylum in Russia for a year -- but that can be extended indefinitely. And Snowden also has the right to seek Russian citizenship.
In a statement released by WikiLeaks, Snowden is quoted as saying that the Obama administration has shown "no respect for international or domestic law" over the past eight weeks. But he said, "in the end, the law is winning."
The White House -- which had demanded that Snowden be sent home to face prosecution -- is denouncing Russia's decision to grant him asylum. And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calls it "a game-changer in our relationship with Russia."
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey sheriff's office has impounded a commuter bus in the first seizure that's part of a new crackdown on the private buses.
Authorities say the driver of a similar bus was on a cellphone when he hit a pole that fell and killed an 8-month-old this week.
A spokesman for the Hudson County Sheriff's Office said officers pulled over a jitney bus Thursday afternoon after it ran a red light and found the driver had a suspended license.
The crackdown was announced Thursday, two days after a bus driven by Idowu Daramola plowed into a pole that fell and killed 8-month-old Angelie Paredes.
Daramola made a brief court appearance Thursday. He's charged with death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle.
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose.
Prosecutors in Schuylkill County have charged 57-year-old nurse Barbara Mancini with aiding suicide.
A judge refused to drop the charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Pottsville police say Mancini handed Joseph Yourshaw a bottle of liquid morphine at his home in February, leading to his death four days later.
Mancini remains free on bail. A phone at her lawyer's office rang unanswered Thursday evening and he could not be reached for comment.
An advocacy group called Compassion & Choice supports Mancini and says her father had end-stage diabetes and heart problems.
The group says the U.S. Supreme Court allows dying patients to receive adequate pain relief, even if it hastens their death.