The Salt
9:01 am
Thu March 14, 2013

It's Russian Mardi Gras: Time For Pancakes, Butter And Fistfights

A man dressed as a skomorokh, a medieval East Slavic harlequin, distributes bliny in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the last day of Maslenitsa, March 1, 2009.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:36 am

Nothing says party like pancakes and butter. At least, not if you happen to be in Russia this week.

The country is in the midst of celebrating Maslenitsa, an Eastern Slavic folk holiday that takes place the week before the start of Russian Orthodox Lent (this year, it starts March 18). Though now tied to the Christian calendar, Maslenitsa has roots in ancient Slavic sun worshippers — it originally marked the end of winter and advent of spring. And, like Mardi Gras, it involves a whole lot of feasting before the Lenten fast — with blinis, a Russian pancake, as the food of choice.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Co-Founder Of Khmer Rouge Dies; Ieng Sary Escapes Judgment For Genocide

Ieng Sary.
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The death of Ieng Sary, co-founder of the Khmer Rouge that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and killed an estimated 1.7 million of that nation's people in the process, has dashed the hopes "among survivors and court prosecutors that he would ever be punished for his alleged war crimes," The Associated Press writes.

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Shots - Health News
8:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study

Ten milligram tablets of the prescription drug Adderall. The drug is used to treat ADHD and is used by some students to boost their academic performance.
Jb Reed Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:48 am

Adderall and other ADHD medications are among the most prescribed drugs in America.

Quite a few of those pills don't end up being used to treat ADHD, though. They're used as "smart drugs" or "study drugs" by students who find the pills give them a mental edge.

The American Academy of Neurology now says: Stop that.

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Local News
8:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Governor Signs 2 Police Dog Bills

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law two bills to protect police dogs.

One bill signed Wednesday would let agencies use money from the state's Law Enforcement Protection Fund to buy bullet proof vests for police dogs.

Another gives police dog handlers the option to adopt their dogs for free when they are being retired. That bill also requires that if the handler doesn't want the dog and it is sold that it go only to people found capable of providing a good home.

Local News
8:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

NM Tribe To Get Leasing Rights Under Federal Law

Sandia Pueblo will be one of the nation's first American Indian communities to have leasing rights under a law aimed at expediting home building and energy development on tribal lands.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting the New Mexico pueblo Thursday for a ceremony.

The law was signed last summer by President Barack Obama. It enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That process sometimes takes years.

Local News
8:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Interior Secretary In NM To Finalize Water Deal

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be in New Mexico to finalize the latest settlement of a decades-long water rights battle in northern New Mexico.

The Interior Department says Salazar will be meeting Thursday in Santa Fe with pueblo leaders from Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque and San Ildefonso.

The Aamodt water rights settlement was one of four included in legislation signed by President Barack Obama in 2011 that was aimed at delivering clean drinking water to tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Montana.

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Head Of Albuquerque Council Wants New Police Chief

The president of the Albuquerque City Council says it's time for a change at the top of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Council President Dan Lewis says the department's reputation has been tarnished by controversy, including a federal investigation into excessive force allegations.

According to the Albuquerque Journal ( ), Chief Ray Schultz responds by saying that he's proud of the work done by men and women in uniform and that he will continue to work hard for city residents.

Local News
8:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

NM Lawmakers OK Report On Tax Breaks

The state will prepare a report on all tax breaks and incentives offered in New Mexico under legislation heading to Gov. Susana Martinez.

The bill won final approval in the Legislature on Wednesday when it passed the House on a 58-10 vote.

Supporters say the report — called a tax expenditure budget — will help lawmakers assess the effectiveness of more than 400 tax provisions that reduce revenue by an estimated $1 billion.

8:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Why North Korea Makes Everyone Nervous ... Except Dennis Rodman

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat near the sea border with South Korea in this March 11 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. Bellicose rhetoric from North Korea has put other countries in the region on edge.

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:58 am

North Korea's nuclear chest-beating has achieved the seemingly impossible by aligning the concerns of South Korea, Japan and even China, three Asian neighbors that have a long history of strained ties.

While all those countries have separate aims and interests, they share with the United States a mutual interest in containing the North Korean regime, restraining its rhetoric and keeping Pyongyang's nuclear option in a box, says Richard Bush III, the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

'God Particle' Update: Scientists Think They've Pinned Down The Higgs Boson

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.
ATLAS Experiment/CERN

"Scientists working with data from a large particle accelerator in Europe are now almost certain they have pinned down the elusive sub-atomic particle known as the Higgs Boson," NPR's Joe Palca tells our Newscast Desk.

Or, as it's also known, the "God Particle" (more on that moniker below).

Joe reports that:

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