KANW http://kanw.com en NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://kanw.com/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41956 at http://kanw.com NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens http://kanw.com/post/india-landmark-ruling-recognizes-transgender-citizens India now has a third gender.<p>The Supreme Court has recognized the country's transgender community as being in a third neutral category — neither male nor female.<p>In handing down the ruling, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said, "Transgenders are citizens of this country ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 41955 at http://kanw.com In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big http://kanw.com/post/portugal-sales-receipt-may-be-your-ticket-win-big On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.<p>In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of <em>ginja</em> — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.<p>"It's a local business. They just count the money they have, and the bottles they sell," explains a customer named Felipe. "They will not give you a receipt — and you will not ask for a receipt. Because, come on! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 41954 at http://kanw.com In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://kanw.com/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 41953 at http://kanw.com Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://kanw.com/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 41952 at http://kanw.com Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own http://kanw.com/post/perennial-co-writer-returns-album-his-own Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 41950 at http://kanw.com Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://kanw.com/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 41949 at http://kanw.com The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://kanw.com/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Schaper 41948 at http://kanw.com The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://kanw.com/post/boston-mourns-tragic-anniversary-voices-victims One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 41947 at http://kanw.com Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants http://kanw.com/post/ukraines-army-launches-campaign-against-eastern-militants Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 41946 at http://kanw.com Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs http://kanw.com/post/behold-ukrainian-easter-art-incredible-inedible-eggs As Nancy Shute <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/08/150064632/eggs-become-art-to-celebrate-lifes-rebirth">reported</a> in 2012, Ukrainians have for centuries practiced an ancient form of art, drawing intricate patterns on eggs using a traditional method that involves a stylus and wax.<p>It's called <em>pysanky, </em>and it's alive and well in Ukraine and Ukrainian immigrant communities around the world.<p>Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:36:00 +0000 NPR Staff 41943 at http://kanw.com Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself http://kanw.com/post/obamas-tax-rate-rose-and-he-cant-blame-anyone-himself President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS.<p>The White House <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/11/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-s-2013-tax-returns">released the president's tax return</a> last week. It shows he and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098. That's an effective tax rate of 20.4 percent.<p>In 2012, the Obamas paid just 18.4 percent of their income in taxes. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41942 at http://kanw.com Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line http://kanw.com/post/despite-worries-boston-survivor-heads-back-start-line At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just a half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's going back to complete the race.<p>More than 36,000 runners hope to cross the finish line for the Boston Marathon this year. Downing plans to be among them. But she's worried.<p>"There's definitely some fear of going back," Downing says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:14:00 +0000 41944 at http://kanw.com Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy http://kanw.com/post/saturn-might-have-new-baby-moon-named-peggy It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.<p>NASA's <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/">Cassini spacecraft</a> spotted evidence of Peggy, which is believed to measure just a half-mile across, as its slight gravity was disturbing the edge of Saturn's ring system. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41945 at http://kanw.com Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://kanw.com/post/pakistan-taliban-and-real-enemy-afghanistan-war Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer.<p>It's just one example of how risky her job — covering Afghanistan for <em>The New York Times</em> — has been. Gall writes that over 12 years, she lost friends and acquaintances in suicide bombings and shootings and saw others close to her savagely maimed.<p>"You don't think it's ever going to happen to you," Gall tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You're always focused on the story. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 41941 at http://kanw.com Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://kanw.com/post/fxs-fargo-neither-remake-nor-sequel Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The FX cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called "Fargo" and has the same title as the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Our TV critic David Bianculli says it's a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit, but he says it's just as important to note what this new "Fargo" is not. It's not a remake, and it's not a sequel.<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: The 1996 Coen brothers' "Fargo" film is a brilliant movie. Let's start there. If you've seen it, chances are you haven't forgotten it and smile a bit just at the mention of it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41940 at http://kanw.com Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million http://kanw.com/post/gingrich-2012-campaign-still-owes-47-million <a href="https://newt.org/newt-2012">Newt 2012</a>, the presidential campaign vehicle for Newt Gingrich last time around, couldn't bag the Republican nomination for him.<p>And now, the former House speaker's committee still owes $4.7 million from the attempt.<p>The campaign tells the Federal Election Commission that its debt on April 1, 2014, was just $14,507 less than the amount owed on May 31, 2012 — the month Gingrich officially suspended his White House bid.<p>The most prominent Gingrich benefactor, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, is gone without a trace. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Peter Overby 41939 at http://kanw.com Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans http://kanw.com/post/some-health-plans-details-abortion-coverage-still-elusive If you bought health coverage through one of the online insurance marketplaces, you might have a tough time determining whether your plan covers abortion services.<p>Though Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/01/242174176/which-plans-cover-abortion-no-answers-on-healthcare-gov">got an earful</a> from members of Congress about the problem at a hearing last November, little's been done yet to clear up the confusion in some states.<p>Both opponents and supporters of abortion rights agree that the logical place to include abortion Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:50:00 +0000 41933 at http://kanw.com Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://kanw.com/post/think-you-can-mail-your-taxes-midnight-think-again-gramps One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.<p>Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 41934 at http://kanw.com Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video http://kanw.com/post/watch-israels-new-low-cost-airline-has-catchy-safety-video El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41935 at http://kanw.com WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video