"He read the newspaper."
Translation:Er las die Zeitung.
It would be good, if Duolingo would put an information about the subject of given exercise. I was doing this excercise as "Strengthen skills" (the general option) and didn't know, that I should use Preterite here. Generally, in that case "Er liest die Zeitung" is perfectly correct as well, as from the English sentence it is not known if it is present or past.