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Formerly jailed, US journalist expected to leave Iran over next few days

   TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Roxana Saberi's father says she's in good condition after spending four months in an Iranian prison.

   An appeals court has suspended the American journalist's eight-year prison sentence on charges she spied for the U.S. She was released today and her parents say they plan to bring her back to the U.S. within the next few days. Her family lives in Fargo, N.D.

   A judiciary spokesman says the appeals court reduced her jail term to a two-year suspended sentence as a gesture of "Islamic mercy" because she had cooperated with authorities and expressed regret. She'll be barred from reporting in Iran during her two-year sentence. She had been working as a freelance journalist in Iran for the past six years.

   Saberi's father says she's now staying at a friend's house. He says the family had expected her release, but not so soon.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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