US requests extradition for Polanski

GENEVA - The United States has asked Switzerland to hand over Roman Polanski to authorities in California, where he could serve up to two years in prison for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, Swiss and U.S. authorities said Friday.

The Justice Ministry said in a statement that Washington filed its formal extradition request late Thursday. The 76-year-old filmmaker has been in Swiss custody since his arrest Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to attend a film festival.

The request has been forwarded to Zurich authorities, who will hold a hearing on an unspecified date to decide whether Polanski should be sent back to Los Angeles. If extradition is approved, Polanski may appeal the decision to Switzerland's top criminal court and, theoretically, to the Federal Supreme Court.

Charges dismissed against West

LOS ANGELES - A court commissioner on Friday dismissed criminal charges against Kanye West and his road manager stemming from their scuffle with photographers last year.

Misdemeanor charges were filed after West and his manager were arrested on Sept. 11, 2008, after an altercation with two photographers at Los Angeles International Airport. The struggle was recorded and broadcast by celebrity Web site TMZ.

The photographers and the rapper have reached civil settlements over the case, which resulted in a still camera, flash, and a video camera being broken.

Retrial set in NYC theft of Dunst's bag

NEW YORK - Prosecutors plan to retry a suspect on the most serious charges in the theft of Kirsten Dunst's $2,000 purse during a Manhattan movie shoot. But it's not clear whether the 'Spider-Man' star will play a role.

A judge Friday set a Dec. 3 date for the retrial of mechanic James Jimenez. He has said a co-defendant duped him into participating unwittingly in the August 2007 heist at the SoHo Grand Hotel.

- From wire reports