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NORIEGA'S WIFE ACCUSED OF THEFT

Manuel Noriega's wife has been charged with stealing buttons off pricey clothes at a Miami department store. Felicidad Noriega, attending her husband's drug trial Tuesday, said, "It's just rumors" and refused to discuss her arrest. The 46-year-old wife of the former Panamanian dictator was taken into custody Friday at a Burdine's store and charged with grand theft. Security guards accused her and a friend of taking buttons valued at $305 off $1,200 in clothing, police said. Noriega was jailed for 12 hours before being freed on $1,500 bail.