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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1:03pm

Sat July 12, 2014
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CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares

Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.

The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta.

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12:29pm

Sat July 12, 2014
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33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 5:15 pm

Iraqi Special Operations Forces soldiers during clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Ramadi in June.
STRINGER Reuters/Landov

This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.

The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."

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9:53am

Sat July 12, 2014
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Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:13 pm

Utah's attorney general says he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling that same-sex couples must receive benefits following the overturning of the state's gay marriage ban.

In a statement issued late Friday, Attorney General Sean Reyes says the appeal will be filed in the coming weeks, to get "clarity and resolution" on the matter.

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8:32am

Sat July 12, 2014
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Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:49 am

Tommy Ramone addresses the media after a rehearsal of the musical "Gabba Gabba Hey!" in Berlin in May 2005. Drummer Ramone died on Friday at age 65.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamás Erdélyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65.

An announcement on the band's Facebook page said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Ramone had been in hospice care for bile duct cancer, NPR has confirmed with Peter Erdelyi, Tommy's brother.

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7:53am

Sat July 12, 2014
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Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 5:00 pm

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of Al-Farouk mosque, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday.
Ezz Zanoon/APA Images APA/Landov

This post updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.

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4:58pm

Fri July 11, 2014
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Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

Nashville Tennessean Editor John Seigenthaler testifies at a Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing in Washington in 1969. Seigenthaler died Friday at 86.
Bob Daugherty AP

John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited The Tennessean, was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of USA Today and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.

A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.

NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.

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3:11pm

Fri July 11, 2014
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WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:35 pm

A massive school of anchovies off La Jolla, filmed on Tuesday.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography — UC San Diego

It's the biggest aggregation of anchovies seen in near-shore waters in three decades, according to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

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11:47am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:16 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the start of a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Friday. Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates.
Jim Bourg AP

This post updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.

"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. So we've a lot of work to do."

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10:32am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 10:33 am

A photo released by the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, shows Thai police officers examining the slain elephant.
AP

Poachers in Thailand killed a 50-year-old elephant who appeared in Oliver Stone's 2004 film Alexander before crudely hacking off the animal's giant tusks, according to The Bangkok Post.

The Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was used in scenes from the movie starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. The animal had also been part of ceremonial performances for Thailand's royal family.

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8:47am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:42 am

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying.
Michael Sohn AP

Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."

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6:03pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way'

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:41 am

George Carlin opens the 13th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colo., in 2007, a year before his death at age 71.
E. Pablo Kosmicki AP

The Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and which he later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.

The New York Times calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.

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4:33pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:14 pm

Capitol Hill police officers look at a car belonging to Miriam Carey after she was shot and killed on Oct. 3 following a high-speed car chase that started near the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall.

The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., struck a security officer with her car near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Carey's 1-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the incident but was unharmed.

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3:15pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Eileen Ford with two of her famous models, Cheryl Tiegs (left) and Cristina Ferrare, in New York in 1983. Ford died on Wednesday at age 92.
Marty Lederhandler AP

Eileen Ford, who is credited with inventing the modern modeling business and in the process launching the careers of supermodels such as Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, has died at 92.

A spokeswoman who handles public relations for Ford Models confirmed Wednesday's death, which follows a fall Ford took last week at her New York apartment.

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1:43pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Jeans 'Designed' By Lions And Tigers To Benefit Japanese Zoo

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Zoo Jeans being "designed" by a tiger.
Zoo Jeans

At long last, the ultimate in that "distressed look" for jeans.

To help support the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, Japan, the Mineko Club of volunteer zoo boosters is holding an auction of three pairs of one-of-a-kind bluejeans designed by lions and tigers and, yes, bears too.

According to an English-language translation on the group's website, "Zoo Jeans are the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals."

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10:58am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:23 pm

Gambling-control ad put out by Singapore.
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) - Singapore

We bet that the folks in Singapore who produced this anti-gambling TV ad wish they could have a do-over:

The 30-second public service announcement features a group of boys talking about the World Cup. They each support a different team. Then the mood quickly turns as one boy says he hopes Germany wins because, "My dad bet all my savings on them."

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9:37am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Results Of Indonesia's Presidential Election In Limbo

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:22 pm

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) holds a news conference Thursday in Jakarta. "Quick counts" of the election results give Widodo a narrow lead over his rival.
Darren Whiteside Reuters/Landov

As rival candidates both claim victory in Indonesia's presidential election, police have joined the country's outgoing leader in calling on supporters of the two camps not to celebrate the results until the political limbo is resolved.

While unofficial "quick counts," appear to give Jakarta's governor, Joko Widodo, a slim lead, former army Gen. Prabowo Subianto says some of the counts have him in the lead.

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9:02am

Thu July 10, 2014
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4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:24 am

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

A man suspected in the shooting deaths of four children and two adults surrendered to police in a Houston suburb after a three-hour standoff Wednesday night.

The alleged gunman has been identified as Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder.

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3:18pm

Sun July 6, 2014
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California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:14 pm

In this July 1 image from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
David Diaz AP

The California Highway Patrol says it is investigating a video that shows an officer repeatedly punching a woman after trying to stop her from walking into traffic.

As Reuters notes: "The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday."

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1:22pm

Sun July 6, 2014
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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:43 pm

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in their men's singles finals tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.

Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

USA Today says:

"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.

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10:21am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:47 pm

Armed police walk past a truck set on fire by attackers who raided Gamba police station at the Kenyan coast on Sunday.
Joseph Okanga Reuters/Landov

This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.

Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Nairobi, says the deaths in Kenya include one Russian tourist.

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9:07am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:50 pm

A Washington Post analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. But the examination also showed that officials gleaned valuable intelligence from the wide net the agency cast.

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8:17am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 8:19 pm

Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen who goes to school in Tampa, Fla., shows a picture of her son sent from Israel after he was allegedly beaten by Israeli police.
Mahmoud Illean AP

This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim who was reportedly beaten by Israeli police has been sentenced to nine days home detention.

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5:10pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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American Teen Visiting Israel Reportedly Beaten By Police

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 3:21 pm

The U.S. has confirmed that Tariq Khdeir, an American teenager, has been arrested by Israeli authorities and the State Department has expressed concern that he has been "severely beaten."

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3:11pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:39 pm

Netherlands' footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the World Cup quarterfinal football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica on Saturday.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

The semifinals of the World Cup have been decided. Saturday's winners, Netherlands and Argentina, will meet each other on the field in Sao Paulo on Wednesday for a shot at the title.

The other half of that final match will be decided when Germany plays Brazil on Tuesday.

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

In a match-up where Costa Rica was labeled the underdog, they held their own against an aggressive Dutch team and brought the game to a penalty shootout.

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1:44pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 3:08 pm

Screen grab of video showing Hurricane Arthur passing by Frying Pan Tower, a bed and breakfast located 30 miles off the North Carolina coast.
YouTube

Although Hurricane Arthur appears to have spared the U.S. East Coast any major damage, 100 mph winds are nothing to take lightly, especially 30 miles out to sea along the infamous Frying Pan Shoals south of Cape Hatteras.

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12:56pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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Palestinian Teen 'Burned Alive,' According To Official

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 8:34 am

Palestinians attend the funeral of 16-year-old teen Muhammed Abu Khdair, at the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, on Friday.
Atef Safadi EPA/Landov

A preliminary autopsy of a teenage boy who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists shows that he was burned alive, according to the Palestinian attorney general.

The New York Times, citing Mohammed Al A'wewy, says that soot was found in 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir's lungs, a sign that he was alive when his body was burned. However, the exact circumstances of his death are not yet known.

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11:52am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 12:00 pm

A woman cries as she walks past Philadelphia firefighters working on burned row homes on Saturday.
Michael Perez AP

A fire that swept through a stretch of Philadelphia row houses early today has killed four children in what the city's fire commissioner has described as a "tragic, tragic day."

The Associated Press reports that the fast-moving fire, which started just before 3 a.m. ET, consumed a row of two-story homes in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood dominated by African immigrants, engulfing about 10 residences.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that a shelter has been set up at a nearby high school to accommodate about 40 residents who were forced to flee the three-alarm fire.

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10:29am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:51 am

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory to win a Grand Slam in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, besting her opponent 6-3 6-0.

The Associated Press says that in her match with Canadian Bouchard, Kvitova, who won the championship in 2011, "dominated play with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes."

The AP writes:

"The Czech player broke serve three times, including in the final game of the set, which lasted 32 minutes."

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9:12am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Arthur Disrupts July 4th Festivities, But Does Little Damage

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:53 am

Katie Bender gets some assistance from Johanna Bender, left, as they dump water from a boot while sitting on a flooded street after Hurricane Arthur passed through in Manteo, N.C., on Friday.
Gerry Broome AP

The headline in The Boston Globe sums it up: "Arthur douses, but does little damage."

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8:45am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:21 am

An Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Saturday.
Sivaram V Reuters/Landov

More than 40 Indian nurses trapped since last month in the rebel-held city of Mosul have arrived back home.

According to The Associated Press, the Indian government organized an Air India plane to fly the nurses home from Irbil.

The AP says: "Outside the airport in Kochi [in India's southern state of Kerala], hundreds of friends and relatives of the women greeted them with hugs and flowers. The nurses all looked exhausted and emotional, with one hugging her young nephew tightly."

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