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In Brief - News - July 19, 2013

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The Associated Press

Prosecutors ask to free leader

KIROV, Russia — Russian prosecutors says they have asked that opposition leader Alexei Navalny be freed pending appeal after he was sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, a decision the West criticized as politically driven.
Prosecutors made the move Thursday as several thousand Navalny supporters gathered outside the Kremlin, chanting “Freedom!” amid thick police cordons. Police detained some of the demonstrators, but didn’t immediately move to disperse the rally.
The prosecutors’ motion may reflect an attempt to soothe public anger and the government’s fear that putting Navalny in prison would steal legitimacy from Moscow mayoral elections in which he’s running against the Kremlin-backed incumbent.
Navalny was found guilty of heading a group that embezzled 16 million rubles ($500,000) worth of timber from a state-owned company in 2009.

Series makes Emmy history

LOS ANGELES — Netflix’s “House of Cards” made Emmy history Thursday with a top drama series nomination, the first time that television’s leading awards have recognized a program delivered online as equal in quality to the best that TV has to offer.
The nomination, one of nine nods earned by the political thriller, is a marker in the unfolding revolution in how we receive and watch video entertainment.
“It’s really groundbreaking,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “It’s beyond our most bold expectations. We were thinking a single nomination would be a win... It’s as much a win for Internet television as it is for the content creators.”
The most Emmy nominations, 17, went to miniseries “American Horror Story: Asylum.”