Freed journalists home in US after NKorea pardon

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Two American journalists freed by North Korea say they're relieved to have the nightmare over and be back with their family and friends.

Laura Ling, who was held in the reclusive communist country for nearly five months with Euna Lee, says the two women had feared they could be sent to a labor camp at any time. Instead, they were shocked when they were brought to a room Tuesday where they saw former President Bill Clinton.

Ling told journalists in Burbank, California, on Wednesday after a flight from Korea that the last 40 days had been the most difficult and heart-wrenching of the women's lives.

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