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Airline passenger freed after arrest

BOSTON (AP) -- A passenger on a flight departing from here has been released on his own recognizance after being arrested when other passengers reported that he had placed a suspicious package in the overhead bin.

The State Police said Ognjen Milatovic, 35, of Hudson, refused the crew's request to hang up his cell phone and sit down on a US Airways flight bound for Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Officials removed Milatovic and his carry-on luggage, which passengers said was making odd noises, as well as his checked luggage. No threat was found.

The University of North Florida mathematics and statistics professor was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with operation of an aircraft. He is due back in court March 15.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


Brown again governor, but at a troubled time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday as California's 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a much different and more troubled state than the one he led then.

The man who once was California's most famous bachelor took the oath of office after being introduced by his wife of five years, former Gap executive Anne Gust Brown, inside Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

She held a Bible that was her grandfather's and was used during her wedding to Brown, who has the distinction of being both the youngest and, at 72, oldest governor in state history.

Brown has predicted a grim future for the financially beleaguered state. Where his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressed optimism at every turn, Brown has been realistic since winning the Nov. 2 election. California has faced several years of deep budget deficits and is confronting another estimated at $28 billion through June 2012.


In prison for 30 years, man declared innocent

DALLAS (AP) -- Prosecutors declared a man innocent Monday of a rape and robbery that put him in prison for 30 years, more than any other DNA exoneree in Texas.

DNA test results that came back barely a week after Cornelius Dupree Jr. was paroled in July excluded him as the person who attacked a Dallas woman in 1979, prosecutors said Monday. Dupree was just 20 when he was sentenced to 75 years in prison in 1980.

Now 51, he has spent more time wrongly imprisoned than any DNA exoneree in Texas, which has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001 -- more than any other state.

There have been 21 DNA exonerations in Dallas since 2001, more than any other county in the nation. Only two states -- Illinois and New York -- have freed more of the wrongly convicted through DNA evidence, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center representing Dupree that specializes in wrongful conviction cases.


Deep-water drillers granted eased return

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says 13 companies whose deep-water drilling activities were suspended last year may be able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews.

Companies will be allowed to resume work at previously drilled wells, as long as they meet new policies and regulations.

The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Michael Bromwich, says the new policy will accommodate companies whose operations were interrupted by the administration's five-month moratorium on deep-water drilling, while ensuring that the companies can resume previously approved activities.

Bromwich says the firms will not be required to complete a detailed review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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