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NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

By Scott Neuman on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

The New York Police Department’s Demographics Unit reportedly carried out systematic surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods to root out terrorist threats, but it never produced a single usable lead.

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In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens

By on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

The country’s Supreme Court handed down a decision that acknowledges for the first time India’s large population of eunuchs and transvestites.

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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

By Scott Neuman on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet’s outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

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Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

By Mark Memmott on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It’s a different story.

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WATCH: Israel’s New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

By Scott Neuman on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The safety message is described as a “sort of cross between a Ricky Martin video, mixed with Devo’s ‘Whip It’ and a heaping spoonful of Robert Palmer’s ‘Simply Irresistible.’ “

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TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against ‘Return-Free’ Tax System

By Bill Chappell on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a grass-roots campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

By Scott Neuman on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is “capable of disemboweling a human,” escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

By Mark Memmott on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 16, 2014 at 3:04 am

Italy’s former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

By Bill Chappell on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

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An ‘Idiot With A Gun’ Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling

By Mark Memmott on April 15th, 2014 | Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

As family members of those killed Sunday outside Jewish centers near Kansas City speak, they’re focusing on fond memories of their lost loved ones. But they’re crushed by the gunman’s senseless acts.

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