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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9:10am

Thu June 25, 2015
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ISIS Launches Push To Retake Border Town Of Kobani

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:16 pm

Civilians, reportedly wounded by fighting in Kobani, wait with their relatives to cross into Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, Syria, on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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3:01pm

Sun June 21, 2015
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Report: ISIS Lays Mines Around Ancient Sites In Palmyra

The Roman theater in Palmyra, which dates from the 1st century A.D. Islamic States militants have reportedly placed landmines around it and other ancient ruins.
Prismaarchivo DPA/Landov

Islamic State militants have sown landmines around ancient ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, captured by the Islamist group in May, according to a British-based monitoring group.

It wasn't clear, however, whether the move is a prelude to destroying the Roman-era sites or securing them from Syrian government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

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1:04pm

Sun June 21, 2015
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'Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:46 pm

This undated photo from the San Diego Zoo shows Speed, a Galapagos tortoise that has been at the zoo since 1933. The zoo reported Friday that Speed had been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years.
AP

A rare Galápagos tortoise, known affectionately as "Speed," has died at the San Diego Zoo — his home of more than eight decades. He was (approximately) 150.

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9:34am

Sun June 21, 2015
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Search For Escaped Convicts In New York Shifts After Possible Sighting

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:45 pm

David Sweat (left) and Richard Matt (right) in a 2015 file photo released by the New York State Police after the two escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6.
AP

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Authorities on a massive manhunt for a pair of convicted murderers, who made an extraordinary escape from a prison in upstate New York two weeks ago, have shifted the focus of their search to Allegany County near the Pennsylvania border after reports of a possible sighting of David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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8:09am

Sun June 21, 2015
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Emotional Service Held At Charleston Church Days After Shootings

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 11:24 pm

Mourners gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on Sunday.
Pool Photo By David Goldman/Getty Images

Updated at 11:10 a.m. EST

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., today is holding its first Sunday service following a horrific shooting that killed nine members of a Bible study group there.

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4:30pm

Sat June 20, 2015
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Prophet Muhammad Cartoons To Be Broadcast On Dutch TV

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:40 pm

A far-right Dutch politician said cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were not shown on Dutch TV today as planned because of a "misunderstanding" with the network, but said the broadcast would go ahead at a later date.

Geert Wilders heads the Freedom Party and was a speaker at the Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas, last month that was attacked by gunmen. He initially accused the television station of sabotage when Saturday's broadcast didn't go off as planned. It was supposed to be aired during a block of time allotted by law to every party in the Dutch parliament.

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1:33pm

Sat June 20, 2015
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Photos Of Dylann Roof, Racist Manifesto Surface On Website

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:48 pm

A photo from the website "The Last Rhodesian" appears to show the Charleston church shooting suspect. The website contains a lengthy racist manifesto.
lastrhodesian.com

Updated at 6:46 p.m. EDT

Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooting suspect, appears to have set up a website that contains photos of himself and a manifesto-like diatribe against non-whites. The author of the rant writes of being motivated by the Trayvon Martin case and concludes that there is "no choice" but to "take it to the real world."

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12:11pm

Sat June 20, 2015
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Anti-Austerity Marchers Rally In London Calling For End To Cuts

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:36 pm

Placards are burned at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. Protesters have said the march was the start of a broader campaign to end government cuts to social programs.
Daniel Leal-Olivas PA Photos/Landov

Tens of thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched through the streets of London and other U.K. cities in what they claim is the start of a broader program of protests and civil disobedience to force the Conservative government to reverse its program of deep spending cuts.

Larry Miller, reporting from London for NPR, says that organizers have promised their campaign will continue "until austerity is history."

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10:37am

Sat June 20, 2015
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Greece Pledges New Proposal To Resolve Debt Crisis

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:37 pm

People line up at an ATM outside a National Bank branch in Athens last month. Greek bank deposits fell by $6.3 billion in April and on Friday, people withdrew more than $1 billion in a single day.
Alkis Konstantinidis Reuters/Landov

A Greek minister is hinting that Athens will bring a new plan to the table at an emergency European Union summit next week to keep the country from defaulting on its sovereign debt and exiting the Eurozone.

"We will try to supplement our proposal so that we get closer to a solution," State Minister Alekos Flabouraris told Greek Mega television in a morning news show, according to Reuters. "We are not going there with the old proposal. Some work is being done to see where we can converge, so that we achieve a mutually beneficial solution."

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9:13am

Sat June 20, 2015
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Bin Laden Son Asked U.S. For Father's Death Certificate, Wikileaks Says

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:40 pm

An undated file picture shows Osama bin Laden. A new Wikileaks release purports to reveal that one of his sons requested a death certificate for the al-Qaida leader, who was killed in a U.S. military raid in 2011.
EPA/Landov

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Four months after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, one of the al-Qaida leader's sons requested a death certificate for his father in a letter to the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, according to documents released by Wikileaks.

It was not immediately known how Wikileaks obtained the documents, nor whether they are authentic.

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8:53am

Sat June 20, 2015
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South Korea, Thailand Report No New MERS Cases

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:45 pm

Airport guards go on patrol wearing masks at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul on Friday. South Korea has announced one more death, but no new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.
Kyodo/Landov

Updated at 9:25 a.m. ET

Officials in South Korea say they've had no new cases of MERS for 16 days, but also reported the 25th death from the deadly disease. Thailand, which discovered the first case of the deadly disease earlier this week, says 175 people were exposed to its single case, with no new infections reported so far.

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3:10pm

Fri June 19, 2015
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$1 Million Bond For Charleston Church Shooting Suspect

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:43 pm

Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in North Charleston, S.C, today. The 21-year-old man accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston made his first court appearance and bail was set for $1 million on a charge of weapons possession. The judge said he did not have the authority to set bail on the nine counts of murder against Roof.
AP

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C., appeared via a jailhouse videolink today for his first court hearing. The judge set a $1 million bond for a weapons possession charge but said he did not have the authority to set bail on the nine counts of murder.

"We have victims, nine, but we also have victims on the other side," Judge James Gosnell said. There are victims on this young man's side of the family.

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12:27pm

Fri June 19, 2015
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Administration Proposes New Truck Emissions Rules To Reduce CO2

Ram Trucks parade near AT&T Stadium in April. The EPA and Department of Transportation has proposed stricter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
PR NEWSWIRE

The Obama administration announced new rules today that would require tighter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

The rules, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), were expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions from trucks and vans by one-quarter by the year 2027.

The proposed standards affect semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, buses and work trucks and cover model years 2021-2027, officials said.

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9:03am

Fri June 19, 2015
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Toyota's Top Female Executive Arrested In Japan On Drug Charges

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:19 pm

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp speaks to media during a news conference in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on June 18.
Kyodo Reuters/Landov

Julie Hamp — Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago — has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

A total of 57 pills were discovered by Japanese customs officials on June 11 inside a package that Hamp mailed to herself from Kentucky, declaring the contents to be a necklace, according to Japanese news reports.

Oxycodone is legal in the U.S. with a prescription.

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3:12pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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NASA: Europa Spacecraft Goes Into Development Phase

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:21 pm

An image of Europa released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in 1996 by the Galileo spacecraft. NASA says a new probe dedicated to studying the Jovian moon, is going into the development phase.
NASA/JPL AP

NASA has moved a step closer to sending a probe to one of Jupiter's "Galilean" moons, Europa, which is believed to contain a vast liquid ocean that could harbor life underneath an icy surface crust.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the space agency said its mission concept for a Europa probe had completed its first major review and was now entering the development phase.

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12:59pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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Beijing Brushes Aside Hong Kong's Rejection Of Electoral Reform

Supporters of free and open elections in Hong Kong march through the city streets ahead of a crucial vote on political reform in the city's Legislative Council.
Alex Hoffard EPA/Landov

Legislators in Hong Kong rejected China' plan to hand-pick the slate of candidates for the territory's next leader, but Beijing quickly announced that the vote would change nothing because it didn't reflect the will of the people.

Moments before the vote, pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of the legislative chamber.

"Such a result is a departure from the mainstream public opinion of Hong Kong," a spokesman for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. "It is also not what the central government likes to see."

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12:25pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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High Court Rules Specialty License Plates Constitute 'Government Speech'

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 12:47 pm

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Texas was legally justified in refusing to issue a proposed specialty license plate for members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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9:15am

Thu June 18, 2015
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Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:59 am

Cardinals follow a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," or "Praise Be," at the Vatican on Thursday. The far-reaching papal letter addressed climate change and the poor.
Andrew Medichini AP

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.

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5:10pm

Wed June 17, 2015
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The Pope Is About To Weigh In On Climate Change. Not Everyone Is Happy

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:42 am

Pope Francis speaks to crowds gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis is poised to issue a statement on church doctrine aimed at transforming climate change into a moral imperative for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics — a move that has already put him at odds with political conservatives in the United States.

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1:30pm

Sun June 14, 2015
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John S. Carroll, Former Editor At 'LA Times,' 'Baltimore Sun,' Dies At 73

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:40 am

John Carroll, then executive vice president and editor of The Los Angeles Times, speaking at a panel discussion with fellow editors in 2003. Carroll died Sunday at age 73.
Paul Sakuma AP

Updated Monday at 5:45 a.m. ET.

John S. Carroll, a former editor of The Baltimore Sun and The Los Angeles Times, which he led to 13 Pulitzer Prizes in his short tenure — has died at age 73.

The LA Times described Carroll as "a courageous editor [who had an] instinct for the big story and unrelenting focus." The newspaper reported he died Sunday in Lexington, Ky., of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a degenerative brain disease.

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11:35am

Sun June 14, 2015
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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:44 am

The Philae lander beamed back images showing one of its three feet on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This photo is compiled from two images.
ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Last November, the European Space Agency wasn't sure if it would ever hear from its Philae lander again after the probe's unfortunate landing spot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko left it in the shadow of a cliff, starving its solar panels of the faint sunlight needed to produce power.

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9:46am

Sun June 14, 2015
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Hong Kong Protesters Renew Push For Electoral Reform

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:20 am

Supporters of free and open elections in Hong Kong march through the city streets ahead of a crucial vote on political reform in the city's Legislative Council.
Alex Hoffard EPA/Landov

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong to resume protests against Beijing's hand-picked pool of candidates for the territory's next chief executive – urging lawmakers to approve a reform that would instead allow direct elections.

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8:53am

Sun June 14, 2015
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South African Court Orders Sudan's President Detained For War Crimes

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:34 am

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks to the crowd after a swearing-in ceremony at green square in Khartoum, earlier this month. A South African court has ordered al-Bashir, who is attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg, to be detained on an international war crimes warrant.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

A South African judge has issued an interim order to prevent visiting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir from leaving the country due to an international warrant for his arrest on charges of human rights violations.

The International Criminal Court has called on South Africa to arrest al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity over atrocities allegedly committed in the conflict in Darfur.

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7:52am

Sun June 14, 2015
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10 Dead, Zoo Animals Loose As Flooding Hits Tbilisi

A man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep at a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Sunday. At least eight people died and several are missing as a result of heavy rainfall and floods overnight in the Georgian capital.
Beso Gulashvili Reuters/Landov

At least 10 people are dead in flooding that has surged through Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, and residents are being warned to stay indoors to avoid zoo animals set free by the rising water. Tigers, lions, bears, wolves and a hippo escaped their enclosures.

The Associated Press says an escaped hippo was cornered in one of the city's main squares and subdued with a tranquilizer gun, but the news agency said it was unclear how many animals were loose.

The AP says:

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5:15pm

Sat June 13, 2015
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To Counter Russia, U.S. Mulling Tanks, Heavy Guns For Eastern Europe

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:18 am

U.S. Bradley fighting vehicles take part in a joint exercise with Georgia at a military base near Tbilisi. Bradleys would be deployed to NATO member states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics if a Pentagon proposal is approved.
Zurab Kurtsikidze EPA/Landov

Updated at 6:45 p.m. EDT.

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to place M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and armored howitzers in NATO countries in the Baltic and Eastern Europe in a bid to stem what is viewed as Russian aggression.

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4:31pm

Sat June 13, 2015
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Cleveland Prosecutor's Report: Tamir Rice Borrowed Pellet Gun From Friend

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 3:57 pm

Prosecutors in Cleveland have released details of their investigation into the fatal police shooting in November of black youth Tamir Rice, who was brandishing what turned out to be a pellet gun.

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3:07pm

Sat June 13, 2015
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Foo Fighters Frontman Breaks Leg During Concert, But The Show Goes On

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 3:12 pm

Fans react as Foo Fighters band member Dave Grohl falls from the stage during the band's concert at Nya Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday.
TT NEWS AGENCY Reuters/Landov

Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl fell off a stage during a concert in Goteborg, Sweden — but went to the hospital and was back to finish the gig.

In videos of the incident, a seemingly calm Grohl, tells the crowd at Ullevi Stadium: "I think I really broke my leg."

"I'm going to go to hospital. I'm going to fix my leg. And then I'm going to come back," he says.

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1:18pm

Sat June 13, 2015
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Clinton Sketches Populist Message In First Major Speech Of Campaign

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 1:48 pm

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters Saturday on Roosevelt Island in New York.
Frank Franklin II AP

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton, in the first campaign speech for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, sounded a message of support for working families, calling for a new era of prosperity and pledging to support a constitutional amendment to overhaul campaign finance rules.

At a rally on New York's Roosevelt Island, she invoked the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, saying FDR brought "a wider and constantly rising standard of living" to all Americans, a promise, Clinton said, "that still sounds good to me."

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11:09am

Sat June 13, 2015
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6 Yemeni Prisoners Released From Gitmo

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 1:05 pm

Dawn at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
Charles Dharapak AP

Six Yemenis who were prisoners at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have arrived in Oman after their release from the facility — the first in five months and the first to be approved by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The Associated Press reports:

"The six men boarded a flight Friday from the U.S. facility in Cuba, and their transfer reduced Guantanamo's population to 116. President Obama has now transferred more than half the 242 detainees who were at Guantanamo when he was sworn into office in 2009 after campaigning to close it.

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8:37am

Sat June 13, 2015
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Dallas Police Chief: 'A Blessing' No Officers Hurt In Attack On HQ

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 12:07 pm

Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd. and Interstate 45 during a standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a van in Hutchins, Texas.
Brandon Wade AP

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET

Automatic gunfire from an armored van shattered the glass frontage at Dallas Police headquarters before the van sped away, leading police on a chase and standoff with the driver, who was killed by a SWAT unit sniper.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect had told negotiators that the van was "rigged with explosives" so authorities were being cautious in approaching it. A fire later erupted as authorities tried to clear the vehicle of pipe bombs.

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