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UPDATE: Amanda Knox leaves prison

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PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- Amanda Knox has said she just wants to go home and restart her life.

An Italian appeals court cleared the American of the 2007 murder and sexual assault of her British roommate.

A friend, who accompanied Knox as she left prison, says Knox said she wants to "win back her happiness." An Italian legislator who is close to the American says Knox and her family will leave Italy tomorrow aboard a commercial flight from Rome.

The appeals court also cleared Knox's Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

When the verdict was read, Knox collapsed in tears. Her parents hugged their lawyers and cried with joy. They have regularly traveled from their home in Seattle to visit their 24-year-old daughter during the four years she's been in jail.

Outside the courthouse, some of the hundreds of observers shouted, "Shame, shame."

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PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- Amanda Knox is going free.

An Italian appeals court today threw out the murder conviction of the American student in the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, four years ago.

The court also cleared her Italian co-defendant, Knox's former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, in the death of the 21-year-old woman.

When the verdict was read, Knox collapsed in tears. Her parents hugged their lawyers and cried with joy. They have regularly traveled from their home in Seattle to visit their 24-year-old daughter during the four years she's been in jail.

Family members of the woman who was killed appeared grim and a bit dazed as the verdict was read by the judge after 11 hours of deliberations by an eight-member jury.

Outside the courthouse, some of the hundreds of observers shouted, "Shame, shame."

The judge upheld Knox's conviction on a charge of slander for accusing a bar owner of carrying out the killing. He set the sentence at three years, meaning time served.

Prosecutors can appeal to Italy's highest court, but there's no word whether they plan to do so.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- About a dozen Amanda Knox supporters burst into applause and cheers when they learned the murder charge against the Seattle native was being overturned.

The supporters, from the group called Friends of Amanda, were gathered at a downtown Seattle hotel to watch the proceedings on TV.

They breathlessly waited for the slow translation of the verdict.

When they learned Knox was being freed, they began chanting, "She's free!" and "We did it!"

In its ruling, the court also cleared Knox's co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, of murder.

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