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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1:49pm

Sat May 16, 2015
The Two-Way

8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash Site In Nepal

Nepali army soldiers prepare for a rescue mission to the downed U.S. helicopter on Friday. Officials say the remains of all eight aboard the Huey UH-1 have been recovered.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, says the remains of all eight people aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that went down in Nepal east of the capital, Kathmandu, have been recovered.

"Nepali special forces along with U.S. Marines and Air Force personnel were inserted into the crash site early Saturday. The Joint Task Force coordinating the U.S. military's disaster relief in Nepal said they are investigation why the [UH-1 ] Huey helicopter went down."

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12:54pm

Sat May 16, 2015
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Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 1:56 pm

A Proton-M rocket shown in 2013. The same type of rocket malfunctioned in mid-flight on Saturday and crashed over Siberia carrying a Mexican communications satellite.
PHOTO ITAR-TASS ITAR-TASS/Landov

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican telecommunications satellite experienced a malfunction minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and subsequently burned up over eastern Siberia, the Russian space agency says.

According to Russian news agencies, the rocket crashed about eight minutes after launch in the sparsely populated Chita region of Siberia.

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10:36am

Sat May 16, 2015
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Amtrak Ordered To Take Steps To Improve Safety

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:26 pm

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, on Wednesday. The FBI is now looking into the possibility that the locomotive was struck by some sort of projectile.
Patrick Semansky AP

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

The Federal Railroad Administration on Saturday issued a directive to Amtrak aimed at improving safety in the wake of the derailment of a passenger train in Philadelphia this week that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

"We are continuing to work with the [National Transportation Safety Board] to understand exactly what happened on Tuesday so we can prevent this type of devastating accident from ever happening again," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement released Saturday.

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8:49am

Sat May 16, 2015
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U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 1:42 pm

Map of Syria/Iraq.
Alyson Hurt NPR

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

A senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special forces during a raid against the terrorist network in Syria, the National Security Council says.

"Last night, at the President's direction, U.S. personnel based out of Iraq conducted an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture an ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf. During the course of the operation, Abu Sayyaf was killed when he engaged U.S. forces," NSC spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.

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8:30am

Sat May 16, 2015
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Egyptian Court Hands Morsi A Death Sentence

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 1:41 pm

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's third-highest ranking member and a main financier of the banned movement, Khayrat al-Shater (second from left), and other defendants flash the four-finger salute during their trial in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who was among them, received the death penalty.
Khaled Elfiqi EPA/Landov

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to death on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The sentence, handed down by an Egyptian court today, was broadcast on state television and comes as Morsi is already serving a 20-year term on charges relating to the killing of protesters in Cairo in 2012.

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4:01pm

Fri May 15, 2015
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Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Be Gone Within Years, NASA Says

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:31 pm

A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

In 2002, NASA released dramatic images that showed a portion of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf collapse and disappear. Now, the space agency says what's left of the massive feature will be gone before the end of the decade.

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2:50pm

Fri May 15, 2015
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Why No One Wants The Rohingyas

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:47 pm

Newly arrived Rohingya migrants gather at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Friday after coming ashore. Most such migrants have been prevented from making port in Southeast Asia.
Binsar Bakkara AP

The spectacle of thousands of desperate Rohingya Muslim "boat people" being denied landfall in Southeast Asia has laid bare the region's religious and ethnic prejudices as well as its fears of being swamped by an influx of migrants.

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8:48am

Fri May 15, 2015
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Coup Leaders Arrested In Burundi As Uprising Is Quashed

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:14 pm

Police forces patrol on a deserted major road in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, on Thursday following a failed coup.
Erik Esbjornsson AP

Three leaders of a failed coup in Burundi have been arrested, but the public face of the putsch is reportedly still on the run as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks to reassert his authority over his fractured central African country.

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5:49pm

Thu May 14, 2015
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Calif. Moves Closer To Banning Vaccine 'Personal Belief' Exemptions

A photo from April shows protesters in Sacramento, Calif., rallying against a bill that would require all school-age children to be vaccinated. The state Senate just passed the measure.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California's state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate "personal belief exemptions" that currently allow parents to opt out of having their school-age children vaccinated.

SB 277, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica, passed 25 to 10 and now advances to the Assembly.

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2:41pm

Thu May 14, 2015
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Greece Says It Won't Take U.K. To Court For Return Of Elgin Marbles

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:42 pm

The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St. Petersburg in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum.
Grigory Dukor Reuters/Landov

Greece has backed off a threat to sue the United Kingdom for the return of the Elgin Marbles, a set of sculptures dating to 400 B.C. that were removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago and have been in the British Museum ever since.

Greece's Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said Athens would pursue the matter through "diplomatic and political" channels rather than take it to the International Court of Justice.

"One cannot go to court over whatever issue. Besides, in international courts the outcome is uncertain," Xydakis told the country's Mega TV.

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12:40pm

Thu May 14, 2015
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Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:09 pm

The view of the universe known as the Hubble Deep Field, presented in 1996, shows classical spiral and elliptical shaped galaxies, as well as a variety of other galaxy shapes.
NASA AP

Scientists think they may finally be resolving a decades-old cold case as to what is killing galaxies: They're being strangled.

Astronomers have long known that galaxies fall into two main categories — those that spawn new stars (like our own Milky Way) and those that don't.

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9:18am

Thu May 14, 2015
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Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:42 pm

Men run for cover after they hear gunfire in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Thursday, a day after an army general declared he'd toppled the country's president in a coup.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

A day after a general in Burundi announced a coup, the country's army chief says the putsch failed amid a split in the military, as sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the capital of the central African nation.

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3:15pm

Sun May 10, 2015
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Hundreds Of Rohingya Refugees Rescued At Sea After Fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya refugees sit on a plastic sheet at Matang Raya village, Baktya district in Aceh Utara, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Sunday. Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were rescued from two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia's northern Aceh province, authorities said.
Reuters/Landov

Boats carrying hundreds of refugees, mainly from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, have been rescued off Indonesia's Aceh province. Many require medical help, The Associated Press reports.

"We received a report from fishermen this morning that there were boat people stranded," Aceh provincial rescue chief Budiawan told Agence France-Presse news agency on Sunday. "We dispatched teams there and evacuated 469 migrants who are Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis. So far, all of them are safe," he added.

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1:24pm

Sun May 10, 2015
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Raul Castro Says Pope Inspiring Him To Return To Church

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican on Sunday.
Reuters/Landov

Cuban leader Raul Castro, on a visit to the Vatican, where he thanked the pope for helping broker a thaw in relations between Havana and Washington, said he was so impressed with the pontiff that he might return to Catholicism, the faith he grew up in.

"I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein," Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, told reporters, adding, "I mean what I say."

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10:59am

Sun May 10, 2015
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Yemen's Houthis Agree To 5-Day Cease-Fire To Allow Humanitarian Aid

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 2:52 pm

Gunmen loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, stand amid the ruin of Saleh's residence following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance in the capital, Sana, on Sunday.
Yahya Arhab EPA/Landov

Yemen's Houthi rebels have agreed to a five-day cease-fire proposed by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

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9:32am

Sun May 10, 2015
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Tornadoes Hit Texas As Tropical Storm Ana Makes Landfall In S.C.

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 2:50 pm

A photo from Thursday shows Dillan Taylor salvaging items from her destroyed recreational vehicle in Oklahoma City following a tornado there. More tornadoes hit the Plains states over the weekend.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A series of tornadoes in North Texas over the weekend have left at least one person dead and others missing. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a weakening Tropical Storm Ana made landfall early this morning near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

One of the tornadoes that hit Saturday destroyed homes in a rural area south of Cisco, a town about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, Eastland County, Judge Rex Fields was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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8:09am

Sun May 10, 2015
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3 Suspects In Custody Following Fatal Shooting Of Mississippi Officers

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 2:48 pm

This combination of undated photos released the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows, Marvin Banks, left, and his brother Curtis Banks. The brothers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday.
AP

Updated at 9 a.m. EDT

Three suspects are in custody following the fatal shooting of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday, NPR's Russell Lewis reports.

According to The Associated Press: "Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said a Hattiesburg officer had stopped a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade about 8:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, a second officer arrived to help him and shots were fired. Those were reported to be the first deaths on the Hattiesburg police force in three decades."

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3:47pm

Sat May 9, 2015
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Planetary Society Set To Launch Solar Sail Experiment

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 10:44 am

Planetary Society's LightSail experiment.
Planetary Society

11:24am

Sat May 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Russia Celebrates WWII Victory Over Germany

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 6:26 pm

The new Russian Armata T-14 tank shown during the Victory Day military parade in the Red Square in Moscow, on Saturday.
Yuri Kochetkov EPA/Landov

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

A Victory Day parade through Moscow's Red Square marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which Soviet Russia lost an estimated 24 million soldiers and civilians — more than any other combatant.

The huge formations of soldiers and military equipment filing past the Kremlin were billed as the largest parade of its kind since the collapse of the USSR.

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Moscow, witnessed military bands and a chorus of martial music performed by thousands of troops passing in review.

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10:26am

Sat May 9, 2015
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Mubarak And Sons Sentenced (Again) To 3 Years For Corruption

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 2:31 pm

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendant's cage during his verdict hearing in a retrial for embezzlement on Saturday in the capital Cairo. The Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison.
APAIMAGES APA/Landov

Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced to three years in prison today in a retrial of the corruption case brought against them in the wake of the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that deposed the long-time ruler.

"The ruling of the court is three years in prison without parole for Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Gamal Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Alaa Mohamed Hosni Mubarak," Judge Hassan Hassanein announced on Saturday, according to Reuters.

It is the latest in a long and winding judicial road for Mubarak.

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9:18am

Sat May 9, 2015
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Ana Crawls Up Coast As More Tornadoes Possible In Plains

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 2:11 pm

While the Carolinas brace for Tropical Storm Ana — the first named storm this year in the Atlantic — the Plains states are keeping a vigil for a possible repeat of powerful tornadoes that swept through the region earlier in the week.

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8:41am

Sat May 9, 2015
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North Korea Claims Missile Launch From Submerged Submarine

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:30 am

An image obtained by Yonhap News Agency showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pointing at a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater near Sinpo, on the northeast coast of North Korea, on Saturday.
KCNA EPA/Landov

North Korea said on Saturday that it successfully launched an anti-ship cruise missile from a submarine — a development, if verified, that would mark a new technological achievement for Pyongyang.

KCNA, the official North Korean news agency, reports that leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test form a surface vessel as "a ballistic missile surfaced from the sea and soared into the air, leaving a fiery trail of blaze."

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5:29pm

Fri May 8, 2015
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Mistrial Declared In 1979 Disappearance Case Of Etan Patz

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:04 pm

Etan Patz, and the "lost child" poster issued after his 1979 disappearance.
AFP/Getty Images

A judge in New York has declared a mistrial after a jury was unable to return a verdict in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, the man accused of the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy whose case drew national attention to missing and abducted children.

Justice Maxwell Wiley declared a hung jury after seven men and five women hearing the case deliberated for 18 days and told the judge for the third time that they were hopelessly deadlocked.

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3:39pm

Fri May 8, 2015
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Snowden Calls Ruling Against NSA 'Extraordinarily Encouraging'

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:23 pm

Edward Snowden is shown during a live broadcast from Moscow at the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, in March. On Friday, Snowden said a federal court ruling against the NSA program that he revealed was "extraordinarily encouraging."
Ole Spata DPA/Landov

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has praised a federal appeals court's ruling that the agency's surveillance program is illegal, saying the decision was "extraordinarily encouraging."

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8:55am

Fri May 8, 2015
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223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:08 pm

Scott Fast, of Cradle to Career Colorado, talks with Englewood High School students Nick Spence (left) and Russell Windholz during a job readiness seminar hosted by The United Way and America's Promise Alliance in Denver on Thursday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, hewing close to expectations from economists, but the numbers fell short of a threshold that forecasters believe would signal an early rise in interest rates.

The unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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3:17pm

Thu May 7, 2015
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Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:15 pm

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to give Congress the right to review any deal between the U.S. and Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program.

The 98-1 vote for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act sends it to the House, where Speaker John Boehner has said he looks forward to its passage. The chamber is expected to consider it next week.

The White House says President Obama will sign the legislation, which enjoys bipartisan support.

As The Associated Press notes:

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2:14pm

Thu May 7, 2015
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Silver Found Off Madagascar Thought To Be From Capt. Kidd's Treasure

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 2:27 pm

A portrait of Capt. William Kidd at the Museum of London Docklands, in east London, shown in 2011.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

A 110-pound silver ingot thought to be from the treasure of Capt. William Kidd — the notorious 17th century Scottish pirate who was ultimately hanged for his misdeeds — has been brought up from the shallows off Madagascar's eastern coast.

The discovery was made by the American underwater explorer Barry Clifford near the island of Sainte Marie, which itself lies just off Madagascar.

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11:23am

Thu May 7, 2015
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Agent For Patriots' Tom Brady Fires Back At 'Deflategate' Report

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:21 pm

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waves during a parade in Boston in February. Brady is among those singled out in a new report on "Deflategate."
Steven Senne AP

Update, 8:17 p.m. ET

During a live interview at an Patriots-fan-filled event in Salem, Mass., New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady refused to comment on the NFL's report, saying he hadn't had time to digest it yet.

Brady did tell the audience that the controversy hadn't detracted from his enjoyment of the Patriots' Super Bowl win this past February, and that the team fairly earned "everything we got this year."

Original Post:

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10:07am

Thu May 7, 2015
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Zoo In Japan Reconsiders 'Charlotte' For Name Of Newborn Monkey

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:39 am

A baby monkey named Charlotte clings to her mother at the zoo in Oita in southern Japan in this photo released Wednesday by the Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park.
AP

As we reported on Monday, the newborn daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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4:00pm

Sun May 3, 2015
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NYPD Officer In Critical Condition After Shooting

This undated photo released by the New York City Police Department shows officer Brian Moore. Moore, a New York City police officer, was shot in the head and critically wounded while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a gun.
AP

A man accused of shooting a plainclothes New York police officer in New York has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, officials say. The officer, who was shot Saturday night, remains in hospital in critical but stable condition, The Associated Press reports.

The officer, Brian Moore, 25, was attacked in Queens Village. His alleged assailant has been identified as 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell.

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