Amanda Knox Leaves Italy To Head Home To US

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) - Amanda Knox has left Rome aboard a London-bound plane en route to the United States.

She leaves the morning after an Italian appeals court dramatically overturned the American student's conviction of sexually assaulting and brutally slaying her British roommate.

The Italy-US Foundation, which has championed her cause, said Knox departed shortly after noon (1000 GMT) from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport. In London, she will catch a connecting flight to the United States.

The 24-year-old Knox arrived at the airport in a Mercedes with darkened windows and waited for boarding inside a private waiting area, out of public view.