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Martha Stewart Released from Prison

Entrepreneur Martha Stewart was released from prison early Friday after serving a five-month sentence for lying about a stock sale.

The 63-year-old Stewart is well known in the United States for her television programs, magazines and cookbooks that taught a generation of Americans to entertain with style and flair. Her case has been widely covered in U.S. media.

She returned from West Virginia to her multi-million-dollar, 62-hectare farm in New York state in a private jet.

That is where Stewart will spend the next five months under house arrest, leaving her home only for work.

She plans to revive her company by starting two new television programs and other media projects.

In a statement on her company's website, Stewart called her prison experience "life altering and life affirming."

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.