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Americans free after more than 2 years in Iranian custody

Minnesota native Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal are on their way home after judges in Iran signed off on $1 million bail deal.
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Minnesota native Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal are on their way home after judges in Iran signed off on $1 million bail deal.

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