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NATIONWIDE: 30% busted by age 23

About 30 percent of Americans have been arrested by age 23 at least once for something other than a traffic violation, researchers say. By age 18, about 16 percent to 27 percent of teens have been arrested at least once, according to a study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Questionnaires of more than 7,300 young people were conducted from 1997 to 2008. The previous best estimate of arrests for nontraffic offenses, in 1965, showed that about 22 percent had been apprehended at least once by age 23. "What we're trying to do is heighten pediatricians' awareness of this," said Robert Brame, a criminologist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and lead author of the study.


MICHIGAN: Spy accusation by Iran

An Iranian-American detained in Iran is not a CIA spy as authorities there claim and was visiting relatives when he was detained, his father said Monday. Iran state TV broadcast video Sunday of Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, 28, saying he was a spy who sought to infiltrate Iran's secret services. His father told The Associated Press his son was visiting his grandmothers in Tehran. "He is not a spy. It's a whole bunch of lies," said Ali Hekmati, a microbiology professor at Mott Community College in Flint. He said his son, a former Arabic translator in the Marines, entered Iran about four months ago. He was working in Qatar for a company "that served the Marines," he said.


CALIFORNIA: 21 years for gay slaying

A teen who fatally shot a gay classmate in the back of the head during a computer lab was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison. Brandon McInerney, 17, who shot Larry King, 15, will report to prison next month, after he turns 18. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. He was 14 when he shot King in front of shocked classmates at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard on Feb. 12, 2008. Prosecutors said he was driven by homophobic rage: King wore girl's clothing and flirted with him.

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