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FAKE BOMB THREAT HALTS A FLIGHT

MIAMI

A threatening note forced a Boston-bound airplane to return to a Miami airport about 40 minutes after takeoff, but nothing suspicious was found.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin says a flight attendant found a note in one of the plane's bathrooms Thursday night that said explosives might be on board. American Airlines Flight 1640 had departed Miami International Airport around 9:30 p.m.

FBI spokesman Ricardo Enriquez says the word "bomb" was in the note.

The plane was searched and bags were re-screened after 168 passengers and six crew members safely disembarked. The passengers stayed overnight in Miami and left Friday morning for Boston.

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MIAMI

Ex-school chief gets probation

The former superintendent of Monroe County schools will not go to prison for covering up his wife's alleged theft of school district funds.

Randy Acevedo was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation, 288 hours of community service and a $15,000 fine. He was convicted last month on three counts of official misconduct. He could have received 15 years in prison.

His wife, Monique Acevedo, is scheduled to go on trial next month for one count of fraud and three counts of grand theft. Prosecutors say she stole nearly $200,000 in public funds while she was the school district's adult education coordinator.

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DELRAY BEACH

Arrests break up fake licenses ring

More than a dozen people are facing charges for their part in a Delray Beach ring that issued drivers' licenses to possibly thousands of illegal immigrants.

Authorities began rounding up four state Department of Motor Vehicles license examiners and six outside facilitators Wednesday. Two of the license examiners had already been arrested in May, along with three other examiners.

The 13 people each face multiple charges related to bringing van loads of immigrants - mostly from Haiti, Guatemala and Mexico - to the Delray Beach office with fake documents. From January 2008 to April 2009, prosecutors say the immigrants were directed to examiners who provided valid licenses after receiving fees ranging from $500 to $2,500.

Associated Press

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