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   MOSCOW (AP) - NSA leaker Edward Snowden has reportedly dropped his bid for asylum in Russia.

   Russian news agencies are quoting President Vladimir Putin's spokesman as saying that Snowden withdrew his request when he learned about the terms Moscow has set out.

   Putin said on Monday that Russia is ready to shelter Snowden as long as he stops leaking U.S. secrets.

   Meanwhile several of the other countries where the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says Snowden gas applied for asylum have said he cannot apply from abroad.

   Officials in Germany, Norway, Austria, Poland, Finland and Switzerland say he must make his request on their soil.

 
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   Demolition of the long-neglected Cupples building is expected to get underway this week.  

   The seven-story building at 11th and Spruce was condemned in 2008 over fears it would collapse.  

   The last attempt to revitalize it died last week when the City of St. Louis and Vertical Realty Advisors couldn't come to terms on a $40 million plan to save the building.  

   Spirtas Wrecking Company will spend the next three months tearing it down.  Spirtas crews plan to salvage much of the building's red brick and some of the heavy-timber frame.

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   The number of companies owning St. Louis television stations is about decline again.  

   Chicago-based Tribune Company, which already owns KPLR TV (Channel 11) in St. Louis, is buying 19 stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, including KTVI (Channel 2).  

   The $2.73 billion  deal is set to close by the end of the year, and will make Tribune the largest commercial TV station owner in the country.

    The deal comes just weeks after the parent of KSDK (Channel 5) announced it was buying the parent of KMOV (Channel 4).

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   Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul will stay in office after his temporary reinstatement was made permanent Monday.  

   During impeachment proceedings in April, Paul had been brought up on several charges, including trying to dodge a subpoena.   St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Lee Vincent has ruled that because the council added the subpoena charge at the last minute, Paul had no time to prepare a defense. "The City Council violated Paul’s procedural due process rights..." the judge wrote.

   Paul had been elected in 2012 after campaigning against tax increment financing for a shopping center project that includes a new Walmart store.

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