TODAY   |  November 21, 2013

American, 85, detained by North Korea

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War, is being held in North Korea after he was taken off a plane just as he was headed home. Officials from North Korea have not confirmed he is there; the State Department says it is aware of the situation.

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>> the trip of a lifetime has turned into an international ordeal from an 85-year-old grandfather from california. this morning, there are reports that merrill newman is being held by the north korean government . though, north korea hasn't confirmed it. newman went on a ten- day trip with his friend and a tour group. international news outlets report on october 26th , newman was taken off if plane and hasn't been heard from sense. u.s. state department officials say they are aware of the situation but they have no additional information.