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3 Americans Are Released by Colombians

A U.S. official says a Torrance travel writer and two others are “in good health.” A right-wing paramilitary group on Thursday released a Torrance travel writer and two other Americans kidnapped near the Colombia-Panama border earlier this week, a government official confirmed. Robert Young Pelton, 47, author of the book “The World’s Most Dangerous Places,” Oakland firefighter Megan A. Smaker and Mark Wedeven, 22, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, were released in the town of Unguia in a remote area about 200 miles from Bogota, said Corey Brown, a spokeswoman for Rep. Jane Harman. On Tuesday, paramilitary leader Carlos Castano told Reuters news service that the three Americans had been taken into custody by about 150 of his soldiers to protect them from leftist guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Full Story

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