Sep 25, 2011, 9:20 p.m.

Americans convicted in Iran say they were hostages

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two American men jailed in Iran for more than two years for spying arrived in New York on Sunday, saying they were innocent and had been held hostage simply because of their nationality. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, arrested with their friend Sarah Shourd while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border in July 2009, were freed on Wednesday after Oman paid bail of $1 million. Shourd was released on $500,000 bail a year ago.

Five found dead in rural Indiana - police

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Five people were found dead on Sunday afternoon in two rural Franklin County, Indiana, homes after police were called to check on a small child wandering near the road. Indiana State Police are trying to determine exactly what led to the shooting deaths of four people -- two male and two female -- at one address and a man they found dead in a house across the street.

Nevada air race crash victims mourned in Reno

RENO, Nev (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners filled an outdoor arboretum at sunset on Sunday for a candlelight memorial tribute to 11 people killed in the crash of a vintage World War Two plane at a Nevada air show over a week ago. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell presided over the somber, 40-minute service, held on a grassy hill of Idlewild Park near downtown, about 20 miles from the site of the September 16 tragedy, following a symbolic planting of an oak tree in memory of the victims.

Multiple sclerosis patient finishes record 50th marathon

DALLAS (Reuters) - Life has taken long-distance runner Patrick Finney down many paths, but few have been so rewarding as the one that led him across the finish line on Sunday at the Bellingham Bay Marathon in Washington state. It was there that Finney, 48, of the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, achieved a personal milestone and made history.

U.S. swimmer Nyad ending Cuba-Florida crossing

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad decided on Sunday to abandon her third attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after being stung overnight in the face and eyes by jellyfish, her team said. Nyad, 62, had swum more than 77 miles of 103-mile stretch when she decided to end the effort later on Sunday. As of midday, the endurance athlete had made more than 114,000 swimming strokes since starting Friday evening, according to her website's tally.

Protesters march in Manhattan, criticizing Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several hundred marchers wound their way through the streets of lower Manhattan on Saturday in the latest of a string of protests over the past week against what demonstrators saw as corporate greed on Wall Street. Police said at least 80 protesters were arrested during the march, which was meant to criticize a financial system participants said unfairly benefits corporations and the rich. They said the protests were inspired by demonstrations in Egypt and Spain.

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