Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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8:36am

Sun March 29, 2015
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Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:04 am

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — facing a major backlash from a new law that would allow businesses in the state to cite religious objections to refuse to serve gay people — says he supports an effort to "clarify the intent" of the legislation while acknowledging surprise over the hostility it has sparked.

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4:13pm

Sat March 28, 2015
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British Fraudster Walks Out Of Jail Using Forged Bail Letter

Wandsworth prison in south London in a 2010 photo. Neil Moore, a 28-year-old convicted fraudster, walked out of the prison earlier this month by showing guards a bail letter he'd forged.
Andrew Winning Reuters/Landov

Earlier this month, convicted fraudster Neil Moore showed prison authorities his bail letter and walked out the front gate of Britain's Wandsworth jail in south London.

There was only one thing wrong with the picture: the letter was a fake — an elaborate forgery produced by the 28-year-old inmate.

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2:19pm

Sat March 28, 2015
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Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Bill Sparks Firestorm Of Controversy

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:50 am

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation on Saturday.
Doug McSchooler AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

When Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law allowing the state's businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples based on religious grounds, he knew the move was a controversial one.

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10:51am

Sat March 28, 2015
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Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:37 pm

Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi speaks during the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, south of Cairo, on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi described Shiite Houthi rebels who have occupied parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa, as "puppets of Iran."

The remarks by Hadi, who was forced to flee Yemen amid the rebel onslaught, come as a Gulf diplomatic official quoted by news agencies says that Arab nations allied against the Houthis could continue their airstrikes against the Shiite militia for months.

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9:54am

Sat March 28, 2015
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Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:44 pm

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, prepare to sign a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday.
Ben Curtis AP

Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET

Nigerians turned out in large numbers to select their next president, a contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and his rival, former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. But the generally peaceful polling was marred by attacks attributed to the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

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8:25am

Sat March 28, 2015
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Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:53 pm

A German police investigator carries a box after searching an apartment believed to belong to the crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Duesseldorf, on Thursday.
Wolfgang Rattay Reuters/Landov

Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET

The co-pilot who deliberately downed an airliner over the French Alps this week, killing all 150 aboard, had told a girlfriend sometime last year that he would "do something" that would make people remember his name, a German newspaper reports.

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5:33pm

Fri March 27, 2015
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Thai Ruler Says He's Prepared To End Martial Law

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha attending the East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, in November.
Gemunu Amarasinghe AP

Thai leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army general who seized power in a coup last year, says that after 10 months of martial law, he's prepared to end it in favor of an equally draconian constitutional provision.

Prayuth says he's "thought it through" and will replace martial law by invoking a part of the the interim constitution that grants his government the same broad powers to suppress free speech and try civilians in military courts.

"[I] am prepared to use [the clause] to replace martial law. When it will be enforced depends on the situation," he says.

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3:51pm

Fri March 27, 2015
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University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:36 pm

University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City earlier this month in which the SAE fraternity issue was to be discussed.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The president of the University of Oklahoma says two dozen students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity have been disciplined for taking part in a racist chant about African-Americans and lynching that was videotaped and went viral earlier this month.

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1:16pm

Fri March 27, 2015
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He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:03 pm

People gather at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 2013 to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Russia.
TT News Agency Reuters/Landov

The official dictionary of the Swedish language is getting a fresh infusion of 13,000 new words, editors of the Swedish Academy have announced.

Among the additions is a gender-neutral pronoun. Instead of just he (han) and she (hon), there will now be hen as well.

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11:03am

Fri March 27, 2015
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Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 1:57 pm

Schedule 2 narcotics Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana. Liquefied as an injectable, Opana has been connected to a major abuse problem in rural southern Indiana.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Hoping to reverse a steep increase in HIV infections in southern Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence has temporarily suspended state law and his own anti-drug policies to implement a short-term needle exchange program for addicts.

Jake Harper at member station WFYI in Indianapolis reports:

"Pence issued the order on Thursday, after meeting with Scott County health officials yesterday.

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9:25am

Fri March 27, 2015
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Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:14 am

A Southwest Airlines pilot and co-pilot preparing for a flight from Dallas last year. In the wake of the Germanwings crash this week, many European airlines are rushing to adopt a two-person cockpit rule similar to the one already in place in the U.S.
LM Otero AP

The global aviation industry is moving swiftly to change policies to reassure the traveling public in the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard.

Airlines from around the world have announced that they will begin requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times after investigators on Thursday announced that the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 occurred when the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and placed the Airbus A320 into a deliberate descent.

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2:28pm

Thu March 26, 2015
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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:32 am

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, on Thursday, where he signed into law a bill that would allow business owners with strong religious convictions to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.
Michael Conroy AP

Indiana business owners who object to same-sex couples will now have a legal right to deny them services after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

The legislation, approved by Indiana's GOP-controlled House and Senate, prevents state and local governments from "substantially burdening" a person's exercise of religion unless a compelling governmental interest can be proved.

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11:42am

Thu March 26, 2015
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Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:25 pm

Rev. Msgr. Vincent Puma comforts Cindy Heck, daughter-in-law of EgyptAir Flight 990 victims Donald Heck and Bea Jeanne Heck, in a photo from 2000.
John Freidah AP

Investigators have concluded that the crash of a German airliner earlier this week that killed all 150 aboard was a deliberate act by the co-pilot, and that there is "nothing to suggest a terrorist attack."

Even so, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, speaking at a news conference in Paris today, refused to characterize the actions as suicide.

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8:46am

Thu March 26, 2015
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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.
Susan Walsh AP

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has stepped out of a federal prison in Alabama and now goes to a halfway house to complete a 2013 sentence for spending hundreds of thousands in campaign money on personal items.

WLS in Chicago reports: "The Jackson entourage, consisting of his father, Reverend Jesse Jackson; his wife, Sandi Jackson; and the former congressman's two children, arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base around 4:15 a.m. Thursday."

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5:10pm

Sun March 22, 2015
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Ashraf Ghani: U.S. Critical To Afghanistan's Future

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:03 am

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Ghani will be meeting with President Obama this week.
Emily Jan NPR

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tells NPR that most people in his country want a continued U.S. troop presence and that his government is determined to make sure that the self-declared Islamic State does not gain a foothold.

Ghani, on an official visit to the United States, spoke in a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne to be broadcast on Monday.

He says the perception that Afghans are eager for U.S. troops to leave the country is simply untrue. "They see the United States as critical to their future," he says.

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1:48pm

Sun March 22, 2015
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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:06 pm

Smoke billows from chimneys of a steel plant on a hazy day in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, earlier this month.
Reuters/Landov

China's top weather scientist has made a rare official acknowledgement: climate change, he says, could have a "huge impact" on the country's crop yields and infrastructure.

Zheng Guogang, the head of China's meteorological administration, tells Xinhua news agency that China is already experiencing temperature increases that outpace those in other parts of the world.

As a result, China — the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases — faces a possible "ecological degradation," he says.

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10:14am

Sun March 22, 2015
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ISIS Issues 'Wanted' List Of 100 U.S. Military Personnel

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 10:10 am

The self-declared Islamic State has posted names, photos and what it says are addresses of 100 U.S. military personnel, calling on its supporters to "deal" with them.

The extremist group's so-called "hacking division," says the individuals have been part of efforts to defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

It says it has decided to release the information about the U.S. servicemen and servicewomen so "brothers in America can deal with you."

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8:16am

Sun March 22, 2015
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Ted Cruz Set To Announce Presidential Bid

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:10 pm

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with area business leaders during a Politics and Eggs breakfast, on March 16 in Manchester, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday he is running for the Republican nomination for president, a close aide of the lawmaker confirmed to NPR following a report first published by The Houston Chronicle.

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1:22pm

Sat March 21, 2015
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Pope Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Cardinal Keith O'Brien stands at a window in a room in his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, in February 2013 when he first tendered his resignation over sexual misconduct allegations.
David Moir Reuters/Landov

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, accused of sexual misconduct, who will lose the "rights and privileges" of his clerical office but be allowed to retain his title.

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11:18am

Sat March 21, 2015
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2 Men Convicted In Canada In 2013 Train Derailment Plot

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 1:17 pm

Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two men convicted of plotting a terror attack on passenger train, is led off a plane by an Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer in Toronto in 2013.
Chris Young AP

Two men have been found guilty in a court in Canada on terrorism-related charges related to a foiled 2013 plot to derail a passenger train traveling from New York to Toronto.

Raed Jaser, 37, who is of Palestinian descent and Tunisian-born Chiheb Esseghaier, 32, could spend the rest of their lives in prison for the plan, which prosecutors said was motivated by Islamic extremism and guided by members of al-Qaida.

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10:38am

Sat March 21, 2015
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Police In India Arrest Hundreds In 10th-Grade Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 1:10 pm

Authorities in India have reportedly arrested some 300 people and expelled 600 students in connection with a massive cheating scandal in the northeastern state of Bihar, as 10th-graders from across the country sit for crucial examinations this week that will determine their educational future.

The crackdown follows the airing of television footage this week that showed parents, relatives and friends of the students scaling the outer walls of school buildings so they could pass cheat sheets to test-takers.

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9:13am

Sat March 21, 2015
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Fire In Brooklyn Home Kills 7 Children

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 3:17 pm

Damage can be seen along an upper floor on the back of a house at the scene of a fire in which seven children died in the Brooklyn borough of New York early Saturday.
Craig Ruttle AP

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

A fire that swept through a home in New York's Brooklyn borough overnight just after midnight has killed seven children and left the mother of at least three of the victims in critical condition, fire officials say.

The dead children range in age from 5 to 15 and they are believed to be siblings, New York Fire Department spokesman Jim Long says.

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8:30am

Sat March 21, 2015
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Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Talks, Saying Deal Is Possible

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 1:28 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement about the recently concluded round of negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program at the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Secretary of State John Kerry says there has been "genuine progress" on talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but he has acknowledged that gaps still remain as the negotiations go on a brief hiatus before resuming next week.

Speaking with reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the so-called "P5+1" nations — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — were meeting to hammer out a deal before the end of the month, Kerry insisted that "we are not rushing" on an agreement.

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4:50pm

Fri March 20, 2015
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Mexico's High Court Overturns Murder Conviction Of Man Jailed For 23 Years

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:44 pm

Mexico's Supreme Court has overturned the 1992 murder conviction of a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S. who authorities now say was found guilty based entirely on a confession derived from torture.

Alfonso Martin del Campo Dodd has been in a Mexican prison for 23 years after the brutal stabbing deaths of his sister and brother in law. He was sentenced to 50 years.

But Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 that he should be freed "in light of the proof that torture was used to obtain his confession in the two crimes, without there being any other incriminatory evidence."

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2:48pm

Fri March 20, 2015
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Boehner Plans Trip To Israel This Month

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 3:39 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during a news briefing in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Boehner's office announced today that he would travel to Israel at the end of the month.
Molly Riley AP

House Speaker John Boehner plans to travel to Israel at the end of the month, close on the heels of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election and the Israeli leader's controversial address to Congress.

Although there are no details on who he might meet in Israel, Boehner "looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel," his spokesman, Kevin Smith, said in a statement.

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1:03pm

Fri March 20, 2015
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Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:18 pm

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Dan Joling AP

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.

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11:47am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Nigeria's President Hopes To Push Back Boko Haram In A Month

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:05 pm

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the 750 megawatt power station in the southwestern Ogun state, Nigeria, last month. In an interview with the BBC Friday, he said he hopes to retake all territory seized by Boko Haram within a month.
Jiang Xintong Xinhua/Landov

Speaking a week before he faces voters, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he hopes that all the territory in the country's north that has been seized by Boko Haram extremists can be "retaken in a month" after a string of victories for government troops.

"I'm very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories," Jonathan told the BBC. "They are getting weaker and weaker by the day."

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10:28am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:05 pm

A drone flies in the foreground of the partial solar eclipse in Vienna, Austria.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

People throughout Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East, Russia, Africa, Asia and South America, got a stunning view of a partial solar eclipse Friday. A very few lucky ones at sea and in the high Arctic caught a glimpse of the same event as a total eclipse, as the moon passed in front of the sun.

Sky and Telescope magazine wrote earlier this month:

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9:12am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Scores Killed In Mosque Attacks In Yemen

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:53 pm

A wounded girl reacts as she is carried by a man out of a mosque that was attacked by a suicide bomber in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters/Landov

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

Suicide bombers in Yemen attacked two mosques during Friday prayers in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 137 people and wounding hundreds more.

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6:05pm

Thu March 19, 2015
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Australia Taking Over Local Government On Tiny, Bankrupt Island

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:47 am

The old government buildings and remains of the penal colony in Kingston, the capital of Norfolk Island, located about 1,000 miles northeast of Sydney, in a photo taken in 2006.
Reuters/Landov

Australia has announced that it is revoking self-government on tiny Norfolk Island, where ancestors of the original HMS Bounty mutineers settled in the mid-19th century.

The move was announced after it became clear that the island, a former penal colony with just 1,800 inhabitants, was facing bankruptcy.

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