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Cheat Sheet: August 1, 2013

Snowden Asylum hits U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday, defying and embarrassing an Obama administration that had threatened to scale back diplomatic relations between the two countries. U.S. lawmakers considered this move a slap in the face and called for retaliatory measures from the White House. “We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful request” to have him expelled, said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower—he is accused of leaking classified information.” (Source)

Police arrest three in 2005 Portsmouth homicide

On Thursday police arrested Kevin Deonte Lassiter, 26, of Chesapeake, Dominic Kevon Sexton, 25, of Portsmouth, and Efuru Ayanna Tuere, 44, of Suffolk in connection with a homicide that occurred on Dec. 16, 2005 where Ramon Lisandro Castro was shot and killed and another man was shot but recovered. The case had been cold until detectives received new information. The three were charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and armed burglary. (Source)

49 dead dolphins found in last 5 weeks

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Stranding Response Team confirms five more dead bottlenose dolphins were recovered on local beaches Thursday. Dolphins washed up on shore in four Hampton Roads counties: Ocean View, Mathews County, Gloucester County and Cape Charles. The number of bottlenose dolphin deaths along the Chesapeake Bay is alarmingly high for this time of year. The aquarium’s Stranding Team has received help from experts in North Carolina as well as from members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with dolphin necropsies. They are also analyzing tissue from the dolphins to look for viruses and biotoxins. (Source)

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