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FBI DENIES REWARD TO MAN WHO RETURNED $640,000

The man who walked away with $640,000 that fell out of an armored car said he waited for two days because he was contemplating how to claim reward money.

Mark Morant, 38, accused FBI officials of twisting things around on Friday when they suggested he returned the money because he thought it included marked bills.

Morant told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he was trying to figure out how to get the $75,000 reward offered in connection with the money's disappearance, but FBI agents gave him a disrespectful reception when he brought his bundles to the Federal Reserve Bank.

"They told me, 'You are going to be here a while.' They drilled me. They told me, 'You're not getting a reward, and you're lucky you're not going to jail.' "

Morant, who works two jobs as a security guard, was walking outside of the downtown building where he works at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when three, 42-pound bundles of cash fell out of an armored truck.

Prosecutors on Friday decided not to charge him.

'Wind farms' considered
for power source backup

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Officials in New Jersey and four nearby states are considering a survey to learn where to place power-generating "wind farms" as insurance against shortages such as those that have crippled California.

"It's in the talking stage," Eric Hartsfield, a spokesman for the state Board of Public Utilities, told the Star-Ledger of Newark for Sunday's editions.

Others involved in the talks include Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and True Wind Solutions of Albany, N.Y., according to Brent Beerley of the U.S. Department of Energy.

True Wind Solutions claims it has developed software to chart wind speeds at hundreds of locations. It says the software also shows other features that might affect a wind power operation.

Wind farms need winds averaging at least 15 mph, while residential ones need 11 mph, said Bruce Bailey, a firm meteorologist.

Florida ends 23-year display
of capitol's Confederate flag

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Confederate flag that has flown at the Florida Capitol since 1978 has been removed.

The flag was retired quietly Feb. 2, in contrast to the uproar in other states over the Confederate flag, which some say symbolizes Southern heritage but others contend represents slavery.

Last month, the Georgia Legislature approved a new flag that is dominated by a gold state seal.

In July, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its Statehouse after pressure from a boycott led by the NAACP.

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