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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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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

In July, President Obama signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:50 pm

You can read here about President Obama's executive action on immigration. Or here, a story about his executive order.

Although commonly conflated in the media, the two terms aren't exactly interchangeable.

In short ...

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends an August news conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. On Thursday, a Swedish appeals court upheld a 2010 detention order against Assange on accusations of sexual assault.
John Stillwell Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:59 am

An appeals court in Sweden has upheld a detention order in connection with sex assault accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since seeking refuge there more than two years ago.

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8:03 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Buffalo, Parts Of Upper Midwest Brace For More Snow

A man walks along a snow-covered street Thursday. Some areas of northern and western New York state could get a combined total of 8 feet of snow this week.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:59 pm

The good people of Buffalo are certainly no strangers to snow — but this week has put even the city's most seasoned winter veterans to the test.

The latest from the National Weather Service is that parts of western New York state could get another 3 feet of lake-effect snow on top of the 5.5 feet already on the ground. At least 10 deaths are attributed to this week's severe weather.

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1:40 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Producer Of 'Knight Rider' And 'Battlestar Galactica' Dies At 77

Glen Larson, the writer and producer behind TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I. and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77.
Rocco Ceselin AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 3:03 pm

Glen A. Larson, who produced some of the most iconic television shows of the '70s and '80s – including the Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider, died Friday at age 77.

The Los Angeles Times quotes the producer's son, James, as saying he died at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica of complications from esophageal cancer.

Prior to his television career, Larson was a singer in the The Four Preps.

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10:19 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Clearing Of MH17 Debris Begins In Eastern Ukraine

A pro-Russian rebel fighter guards an area of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, earlier this week. Investigators erect a "no trespassing" sign in the background.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

Dutch investigators have begun clearing the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, four months after the Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 289 aboard in an incident that sparked international outrage against separatists blamed for the attack.

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8:56 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Nigerian Army Retakes Chibok, Home Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

Nigeria's army says it has recaptured the northeastern town of Chibok from Boko Haram militants who claimed to have seized it the day before, six months after the rebels abducted hundreds of schoolgirls from the city.

Nigerian army spokesman Brig. Gen. Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press that "Chibok is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian army."

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7:52 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Female Afghan Lawmaker Survives Suicide Bomb Attack

Afghan parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai is an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani and a women's rights advocate.
S. Sabawoon EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a suicide bomb attack on her vehicle in the capital, Kabul, that killed three bystanders and hurt more than 10 others.

Member of Parliament Shukria Barakzai, an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani who has fought for women's rights in the male-dominated society, was only slightly wounded in the attack. Speaking from her hospital bed, she told Reuters "I survived because of my people's prayers."

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7:17 am
Sun November 16, 2014

G20 Leaders Pledge Growth, Threaten More Sanctions On Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 1:17 pm

President Obama departed the venue of the annual G20 summit in Australia today, declaring it had been a "strong week for American leadership."

The gathering wrapped up by promising to fight climate change and work toward boosting economic growth even as leaders made it clear that new sanctions would be imposed on Russia if Moscow doesn't back down in Eastern Ukraine.

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3:53 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives In Nebraska For Treatment

Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who has been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:13 am

A surgeon who became infected with Ebola while in Sierra Leone, the West Africa country hard-hit by the virus, has arrived in Nebraska for treatment.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was being transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after landing at an Air Force base in Omaha.

Salia was diagnosed on Monday while still in Africa. His condition is considered critical. Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement that Salia is "possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States."

The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Boko Haram Seizes Town That Is Home To Kidnapped Schoolgirls

#BringBackOurGirls" campaigners participate in a lamentation parade in Abuja, in early November, as more towns in Nigeria come under attack from Boko Haram.
Afolabi Sotunde Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 7:16 pm

Boko Haram, the Nigerian rebel group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, has seized the northeastern town where the girls were abducted.

The Guardian reports:

"The militants attacked at about 4pm on Thursday, destroying communications masts and forcing residents to flee, according to witnesses. One described running past bodies strewn on a street.

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10:55 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Putin Gets Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks to his side during the family photo session of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. Putin was sternly criticized by Western leaders over Moscow's involvement in eastern Ukraine.
Rob Griffith AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 2:09 pm

President Obama and other Western leaders gave Russian leader Vladimir Putin an earful at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, today.

Obama said the United States is on the forefront of "opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine," and referenced the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine — a move widely blamed on pro-Russia separatists armed with surface-to-air missiles provided by Moscow.

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10:04 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Barred From Traveling To Beijing

Federation of Students representatives Alex Chow Yong-kang (second left), Eason Chung Yiu-wa (second right) and Nathan Law Kwun-chung (right) talk to the media before trying to board a plane to Beijing on Saturday. They were told that Beijing authorities had revoked their travel documents.
Jerome Favre EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 12:10 pm

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy student leaders were turned away at the airport as they sought to board a flight to Beijing in hopes of meeting with mainland officials to discuss greater freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Sat November 15, 2014

In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations

Entertainer Bill Cosby speaking during a Veterans Day ceremony, on Tuesday. After settling a lawsuit over accusations of sexual assault in 2006, a second woman has come forward with similar claims.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 3:42 pm

Updated on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:40 p.m. ET.

In an NPR interview with Bill Cosby that aired today on Weekend Edition Saturday, the comedian discusses the loan of 62 pieces of African Art for an exhibition in Washington, D.C.

But there's one thing the 77-year-old actor would not comment on: accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him.

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3:49 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Pup 681 enjoys a snack and some playtime at its new home at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
Shedd Aquarium YouTube screengrab

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has a new resident — an orphaned southern sea otter that was rescued from the California coast north of Monterey.

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2:49 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Sweden Confirms Foreign Sub Snooped In Its Waters

The Swedish corvette HMS Visby is engaged in a military operation on the fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, Mysingen Bay, Sweden, on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities say they have proof it was a foreign sub but don't know the nationality.
Fredrik Sandberg EPA/Landov

Sweden says it's now sure that a foreign submarine illegally entered its territorial waters last month, but it still can't say which country is responsible.

As we reported last month, the Swedish government launched its largest submarine hunt since the Cold War, dispatching helicopters and stealth ships to hunt for whatever it was in a grainy photograph taken by a member of the public along the Baltic coast east of the capital.

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Lightning strikes near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fla., in August. A new study says a rise in average global temperatures due to climate change will increase the frequency of lightning strikes.
Phil Sandlin AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 6:46 pm

The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.

But that could be changing.

A new study in the journal Science says that temperature increases due to climate change are ushering in a new era that could mean by the end of the century lightning strikes will be about half again as common as they were at the start of this century.

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hagel Announces Billions In Upgrades To Nuclear Program

A Minuteman III missile engine is loaded into a truck for transport to another building for X-raying before being torn down and rebuilt. The Air Force's missile command-and-control structure has been the subject of several recent scandals.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 12:25 pm

Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the Pentagon is aiming to invest about 10 percent more over the next five years to upgrade the nation's nuclear deterrent, following reviews that uncovered "systemic problems" in the system.

Hagel said the U.S. was "probably looking at a 10 percent increase" in spending, according to Reuters, which said internal and external reviews have made some 100 recommendations on improving the nuclear forces.

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2:32 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Kurth stands on the picket line for a silent protest during the lockout in September. The orchestra announced this weekend that it had reached a new four-year contract with musicians.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:03 pm

Musicians and management at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have reached agreement on a new labor contract after months of negotiations and a lockout, setting the stage for the ensemble's 70th anniversary season to start on Thursday. Appropriately enough, the first concert will feature Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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10:09 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Maine Nurse To Move Out Of State Following Ebola Quarantine Row

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, say they will leave Maine when their self-monitoring for Ebola expires this week.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 2:28 pm

The boyfriend of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who defiantly refused to self-quarantine after she returned from West Africa, says the couple will move out of Maine this week after a state court order restricting their movement expires.

Ted Wilbur withdrew from a nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where the couple lives, and said Friday that he and Hickox were "going to try to get our lives back on track" by leaving the state.

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8:55 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Despite Truce, Heavy Shelling Resumes In Donetsk

Unmarked military vehicles parked on a road outside the separatist rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne, 50 miles from Donetsk on Saturday. Ukraine has accused Moscow of sending in more weapons and supplies to the rebels.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:20 pm

The fiercest fighting in weeks has broken in eastern Ukraine, in a clear violation of a Sept. 5 ceasefire deal, as artillery and rocket fire rained down in and around the airport in the contested city of Donetsk.

Pro-Russian separatists appear to have renewed a push to seize the airport, nearly the last remnant in the region still controlled in part by the Ukrainian army.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Binding Or Not, Catalans Express Themselves In Referendum Vote

A man wearing a Catalan Nationalist flag T-shirt casts his ballot in a symbolic independence vote in Barcelona on Sunday.
Albert Gea Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 10:48 pm

Update at 11:45 p.m. E.T. with preliminary election results.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans cast ballots Sunday in a non-binding referendum on whether to split with Spain — a move opposed by Madrid, which fears that even an informal vote could stoke desires for independence.

With 88 percent of the votes counted, a strong majority of voters were in favor of independence; however, only two million people voted, out of 5.4 million eligible to vote.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Germany's Merkel: Fall Of Berlin Wall Shows Dreams Come True

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, 3rd from left, place candles to commemorate the victims of the Wall at the Berlin Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:41 pm

A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall that split East and West Germany came down, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its destruction shows that dreams can come true and "nothing has to stay as it is."

The Wall was built in 1961, closing off access to West Germany to stop people from the communist East from fleeing. The roughly finished concrete and barbed-wire structure became a potent Cold War symbol of what former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once described as an "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe.

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The Two-Way
11:57 am
Sat November 8, 2014

5th Teen Dies From Injuries In Oct. 24 Wash. School Shooting

Student Jaylen Fryberg, who opened fire on his high school classmates last month, is seen during a homecoming celebration at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., in days before the shooting.
Jim McGauhey AP

A fifth teenager has died from wounds sustained in a Washington state school shooting two weeks ago.

Andrew Fryberg, 15, died Friday, according to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he has been treated since the Oct. 24 shooting.

The Associated Press says Fryberg was a cousin of shooter Jaylen Fryberg who died from self-inflicted wounds after opening fire in a crowded cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., about 30 miles north of Seattle.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch For Attorney General Post

Loretta Lynch has handled or supervised a wide range of cases including New York police brutality against a Haitian immigrant, a $45 million cybertheft involving ATMs and the ongoing fraud prosecution of Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of New York.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 2:33 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

President Obama today officially announced his nomination of Loretta Lynch, a two-time United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

"It's pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch," the president said at a news conference today after praising the work of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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9:34 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Back On U.S. Soil

Matthew Miller, who had been held in North Korea since April, 2014, is greeted by two unidentified women after arriving Saturday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:11 am

Updated at 4:45 a.m. ET Sunday

Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, received a joyful homecoming Saturday as their plane set down at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

Bae, 45, a Korean-American missionary and tour guide from Lynnwood, Wash., thanked family and supporters for not forgetting about him during his detention.

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8:27 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Asia-Pacific Nations Agree To Go After Corruption

Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing on Friday. Beijing and Washington backed an anti-corruption pact.
Reuters/Landov

Nations attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing have agreed to cooperate on the extradition of corrupt officials, a move backed by the U.S. and pushed by China, which has been on a drive to clean up bribery and money laundering in its Communist Party.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attending the 21-member APEC meeting, described the agreement as "a major step forward."

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7:28 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Mexican Authorities: Drug Traffickers Confess To Killing 43 Students

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam addresses a news conference in Mexico City on Friday. He announced the arrest of three suspects in the brutal slaying of 43 students in the country's south.
Mario Guzman EPA/Landov

Mexican authorities says drug gang members have confessed to killing 43 students from a teachers college in the country's south and described a grisly disposal of the bodies — burning them on a pyre and then pulverizing teeth and bones to prevent the remains from being identified.

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4:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

President, Lawmakers Signal Bipartisanship In Post-Election Meeting

President Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Friday. The president signaled a desire for bipartisan cooperation, but important differences remain between the White House and GOP lawmakers.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama met with congressional leaders at the White House today for the first time since Democrats took a drubbing at the polls on Tuesday. He renewed a pledge for bipartisanship to end legislative gridlock.

The president, who met with 13 leaders from both parties and both chambers, said he was "hearing and sharing" ideas on improving the economy.

He said that the American people would "like to see more cooperation" between the White House and Congress, adding, "I think all of us have the responsibility, me in particular, to try to make that happen.

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3:15 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Saudi Council Reportedly Recommends Letting Some Women Drive

A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council has recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers.
Susan Baaghil Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:23 pm

In an unprecedented move, a Saudi advisory council says it approves of lifting a ban on female drivers. The Shura Council proposes that certain restrictions be applied, however: Women must be at least 30, have permission from their male guardian, not wear makeup and drive only in daylight hours, The Associated Press reports.

For years, the kingdom has refused to review the ban on female drivers, which is unique to Saudi Arabia, where conservative Muslim clerics have expressed concerns that female drivers could spread "licentiousness."

The AP reports:

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12:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Suspect Arrested In 2010 Killing Of Family Of 4 In California

An image from the San Diego Police Department shows members of the McStay family whose abandoned SUV was found along the Mexico border near San Diego last November. Police say they have arrested a suspect.
AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:39 pm

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

Police in San Bernardino County today announced their arrest of a suspect in the murder of Joseph McStay, his wife and two young sons, whose bodies were found in shallow graves in the California desert in 2013, four years after their mysterious disappearance.

Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, described by authorities as a business associate of the family, was arrested on Oct. 5 in Victorville, Calif., about 85 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border where the bodies were found on Nov. 11, 2013, police said.

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