U.S. vet was hotel guest in N. Korea

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea says he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room, not a jail cell.

Merrill Newman spoke briefly with the Santa Cruz Sentinel Sunday outside his vacation home in coastal Santa Cruz, about 75 miles south of San Francisco.

Newman told the newspaper "that's not my English" when asked about the video North Korean state media released showing Newman reading an apology.

He also said his wife is now in charge of his passport when asked if he planned any more international travel.

Newman and his wife live about 45 miles north in a Palo Alto retirement home.

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