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South America

US activist heading home after serving Peru sentence

American activist Lori Berenson is finally heading home to New York, two decades after being found guilty of aiding leftist rebels in Peru.

The 46-year-old has been living quietly in Lima with her 6-year-old son since her 2010 parole because she was barred from leaving the country until her 20-year sentence lapsed. Berenson told The Associated Press that occurred on Sunday.

Fearing being mobbed by reporters on departure, she would not disclose details of her travel plans. She said she obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology online last year and plans to live in New York City with her parents until she gets established.

A daughter of college professors, she dropped...