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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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
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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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11:23am

Sun May 3, 2015
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Italian Coast Guard Rescues 3,700 Migrants In Mediterranean

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 4:01 pm

Migrants arriving at the Lampedusa island harbor aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship early Sunday. Ships rescued 3,690 migrants in just one day from smugglers' boats on the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard says.
Mauro Buccarello AP

Italy's coast guard says it has managed to rescue some 3,700 migrants in a single day from smugglers' boats off the coast of Libya in 17 separate operations designed to stem the tide of illegal immigration to Europe from refugees leaving North Africa.

The operations took place just weeks after an estimated 800 migrants were drowned when their boat capsized en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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10:58am

Sun May 3, 2015
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Baltimore Mayor Lifts Curfew

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 5:07 pm

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a media availability at City Hall, on Friday. The mayor announced Sunday that she was lifting a week-long 10 p.m. curfew that followed civil unrest over the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he sustained in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today that she was lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the city imposed nearly a week ago amid civil unrest over the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody.

"I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience," she said.

The emergency curfew was put in place after riots that took place in West Baltimore on Monday.

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10:09am

Sun May 3, 2015
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101-Year-Old Man Among Quake Survivors Found In Nepal

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 4:05 pm

A boy crawls into the ruins of a collapsed building to look for usable things in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday. Officials say they have found three survivors in the rubble a full week after a powerful earthquake.
Kyodo/Landov

Rescue workers digging through the rubble in Nepal have discovered three survivors — including a man thought to be 101 — a week after a powerful earthquake leveled buildings in the South Asian country, killing more than 7,000.

NPR's Russell Lewis reports from Kathmandu: "The man was found alive in the rubble of his home northwest of the capital Kathmandu. He only had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation. Rescuers found him on the same day that Nepali officials ruled out finding any more survivors from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake."

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7:55am

Sun May 3, 2015
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A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing's Toughest Race

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:09 pm

Leg 5 from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil aboard aboard Team SCA in March.
Anna-Lena Elled /Team SCA

What's the worst thing about sailing through the fierce winds and mountainous seas of the Southern Ocean?

"Just being freezing cold," says Sara Hastreiter, a 30-year-old native of Wyoming who is crewing on the first all-women Volvo Ocean Race team since 2001. The eight-month around-the-world event, sailed in stages, set off from Spain in October.

"Getting out of your bunk when you're just violently shivering. That's really tough," she says of the remote stretch of water that circles Antarctica.

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3:55pm

Sat May 2, 2015
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Mayweather Outboxes Pacquiao In A Unanimous Decision

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 2:12 am

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates the unanimous decision victory during the welterweight unification championship bout on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty

Updated at 1:50 a.m. EDT Sunday: Mayweather wins

Floyd Mayweather Jr.maintained his unbeaten record with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquaio in their unified welterweight megabout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The 38-year-old American made a surprisingly strong start, then withstood some aggressive counter-punching by the Filipino southpaw in the later rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.

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1:25pm

Sat May 2, 2015
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30 Graves, Thought To Be Burmese Migrants, Found In Thailand

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 1:59 pm

Thai policemen measure shallow graves in Songkhla province in southern Thailand on Saturday. Authorities say the 30 or so gravesites appear to contain remains of illegal migrants from neighboring Myanmar.
Sumeth Panpetch AP

At least 30 gravesites have been uncovered in a mountainous area of southern Thailand — many containing remains thought to be migrants from neighboring Myanmar, says Michael Sullivan, reporting from Thailand for NPR.

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10:58am

Sat May 2, 2015
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Death Toll In Nepal Crosses 6,800

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:01 pm

A Nepali woman cries as she participates in a candlelight vigil for victims of last week's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Authorities in Nepal now say the number of dead from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the South Asian country a week ago has risen to 6,841, as rescue workers recover more bodies from the wreckage. More than 14,000 are reported injured.

NPR's Russell Lewis, reporting from Kathmandu, says thousands are still missing and some 130,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed and another 10,000 buildings have been demolished, according to the government.

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10:12am

Sat May 2, 2015
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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:05 pm

A September 1995 photo shows Ruth Rendell, in London. The prolific crime writer died Saturday at the age of 85.
Max Nash AP

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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9:17am

Sat May 2, 2015
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May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:06 pm

Police officers arrest a man during a May Day march, on Friday, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

May Day protests in Seattle turned violent, with police firing pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse demonstrators — including some wearing all black — who hurled rocks and other objects at authorities.

The Seattle Times reports:

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8:46am

Sat May 2, 2015
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Baltimore Activists Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:56 pm

Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on Saturday in Baltimore.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Hundreds in Baltimore began a "victory rally" to celebrate a decision by the city's top prosecutor to charge six officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died from a spinal injury he sustained in police custody.

The rally began at 2 p.m. in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Gray lived and was making its way to City Hall.

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3:21pm

Sun April 26, 2015
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Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a celebration to mark the first anniversary of Crimea's incorporation into Russia, in Moscow, on March 18.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice. I believe we did the right thing and I don't regret anything," he says, according to RIA news agency.

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1:20pm

Sun April 26, 2015
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Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Police carry a detained man to a waiting police van after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, on Saturday. Authorities say 34 people were arrested in the protest over Gray, who died in police custody last week.
Alex Brandon AP

Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

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10:50am

Sun April 26, 2015
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2 Dead, 5 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:56 pm

Regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., right, rejoices on learning that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found after their boat capsized in a storm on Saturday, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard is still searching for five missing sailors.
Mike Kittrell AL.COM/Landov

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

At least two people are dead and five others missing after a powerful storm swept through a race regatta in Alabama's Mobile Bay, capsizing sailboats.

Ideal race conditions suddenly turned Saturday afternoon, when winds quickly went from 15 knots to 50 knots, generating waves as high as 10 feet along the 18-mile course.

One body was plucked from the water Saturday night and another today as a Coast Guard search continued for five sailors still unaccounted for, The Associated Press quoted Petty Officer Carlos Vega as saying.

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10:05am

Sun April 26, 2015
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Eliud Kipchoge Edges Out Fellow Kenyans To Win London Marathon

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:57 pm

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (left) celebrates winning the London Marathon next to runner-up and last year's winner Wilson Kipsang, also of Kenya, on Sunday.
Facundo Arrozabalaga EPA/Landov

In his first London Marathon win, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge edged past his countryman and defending champ Wilson Kipsang to win the distance race by five seconds, with a final time of 2:04:47. Fellow Kenyans, including the world-record holder, rounded out the third and fourth spots.

ESPN writes:

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9:13am

Sun April 26, 2015
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High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:59 pm

People approach the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday. At least 17 people have been killed on the mountain.
Azim Afif AP

Following a powerful quake that has killed more than 2,000 people in Nepal, a high-altitude effort is underway on the slopes of the world's highest peak to rescue trapped climbers and recover the bodies of those killed when the temblor triggered a massive avalanche that swept base camp.

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2:17pm

Sat April 25, 2015
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After Baltimore March, Clashes Between Protesters, Police

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:30 pm

Earlier this week, protesters marched for Freddie Gray through downtown Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. A larger protest is planned for Saturday afternoon.
Patrick Semansky AP

Updated at 7:40 p.m.

Protesters who have turned out in the streets of Baltimore for several days to express anger over the police custody death of Freddie Gray have gathered in their largest demonstration to date Saturday afternoon.

Organizers and supporters, who vowed to "shut down" the city, were using social media to share video of crowds gathering to protest the April 12 death of Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in custody.

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12:07pm

Sat April 25, 2015
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Indonesia Sets Executions For 2 'Bali Nine' Drug Smugglers

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:43 pm

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) of the Philippines, is escorted by Indonesian officers during a hearing to appeal her conviction on drug-smuggling charges in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in March. Veloso is one of three "Bali Nine" inmates who have been told their execution date is imminent.
Bimo Satrio EPA/Landov

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Two Australians who were convicted nearly a decade ago of drug smuggling in Indonesia have been informed by authorities that their execution by firing squad is imminent.

"Indonesian authorities today [Saturday] advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusa Kambangan prison in central Java," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

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