Scott Neuman

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Beijing Brushes Aside Hong Kong's Rejection Of Electoral Reform

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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 ...

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High Court Rules Specialty License Plates Constitute 'Government Speech'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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.

The court ruled in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. that ...

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Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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 ...

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The Pope Is About To Weigh In On Climate Change. Not Everyone Is Happy

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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.

In the first major encyclical of ...

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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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] ...

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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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.

But, suddenly, ...

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Hong Kong Protesters Renew Push For Electoral Reform

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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.

However, The South China Morning Post says turnout was estimated by ...

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South African Court Orders Sudan's President Detained For War Crimes

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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 ...

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10 Dead, Zoo Animals Loose As Flooding Hits Tbilisi

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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 ...

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To Counter Russia, U.S. Mulling Tanks, Heavy Guns For Eastern Europe

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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.

In a report first published by The ...

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Cleveland Prosecutor's Report: Tamir Rice Borrowed Pellet Gun From Friend

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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.

Police were responding to a 911 report of someone waving a weapon around outside a recreational center. ...

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Foo Fighters Frontman Breaks Leg During Concert, But The Show Goes On

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 ...

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Clinton Sketches Populist Message In First Major Speech Of Campaign

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 ...

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6 Yemeni Prisoners Released From Gitmo

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 ...

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Dallas Police Chief: 'A Blessing' No Officers Hurt In Attack On HQ

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 ...

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Australian Leader Won't Deny Payoff Of Smugglers To Return Migrants

Friday, June 12, 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declined to rebut a charge that his government was involved in paying people smugglers to turn back boats carrying would-be asylum seekers, saying Canberra is determined "by hook or by crook" to stop illegal migration.

Indonesia claims that a payment of $23,000 was made ...

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Appeals Court Denies Immediate Release To Last Of 'Angola 3'

Friday, June 12, 2015

A federal appeals panel has upheld blocking the release of Albert Woodfox — the last of the Angola 3, who has been held for more than four decades in solitary confinement in Angola State Prison in Louisiana.

Earlier this week, a lower court judge had ordered Woodfox, a former Black ...

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Jack King, NASA's 'Voice Of Apollo,' Dies At 84

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jack King, who uttered the countdown heard 'round the world followed by the historic words "Liftoff on Apollo 11!" has died at age 84.

King's countdown sequence for the 1969 launch of the Saturn V rocket that ultimately put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon ...

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Big Change Yields Small Change As Zimbabweans Turn In Their Trillions

Friday, June 12, 2015

In Zimbabwe, even the trillionaires are struggling to make ends meet.

But that is about to change as the government begins a phasing out of the massively hyperinflated Zimbabwean dollar in favor of a multi-currency regime involving mainly a mix of U.S. dollars and South African rand that, in any ...

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Charges Recommended For Cleveland Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A judge ruled today that there's enough evidence to charge two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in November while holding a replica gun outside a recreation center.

As The Associated Press notes, the decision is largely symbolic, because Municipal Court ...

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