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4:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

News-Inspired Halloween Costumes, Round Two

Bryan Cranston (left) starred as chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, and Aaron Paul played former student and drug-dealing co-conspirator Jesse Pinkman in AMC's Breaking Bad, which wrapped up its fifth and final season on Sunday.
Ben Leuner AMC

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 10:41 am

It's getting closer and closer to that costume party, and you still have no idea what clothes in your closet to throw together to make you stand out at Halloween. Don't worry. We are making things easy for you with more Halloween costume ideas straight from the headlines.

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Shots - Health News
4:26 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

For A Longer Life, You Might Try Mowing The Lawn

Spiffing up the garden may also make your cardiovascular risk profile look better, too.
Lauren Mitchell Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 5:16 pm

We all know we're supposed to exercise daily, but precious few of us do. And it only seems to get harder with age.

There's a reason to try harder, though. Tacking more years of good health on to your life may be as simple as mowing the lawn more often and engaging in other everyday physical activities.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

U.S. Did Not Spy On French, Spanish Citizens, Says Spy Chief

National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander is sworn on Capitol Hill on Sept. 26.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:31 pm

The brewing scandal over allegations that the United States spied on millions of phone calls made by Spanish and French citizens took a sharp, surprising turn Tuesday.

During congressional testimony, Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, said those reports, based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, were "false."

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Texas Asks Court To Reinstate Abortion Restrictions

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers comments at the 43rd Annual National Right To Life Convention on Thursday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked a federal appeals court judge to grant an emergency ruling allowing the state to enforce an anti-abortion law struck down by a lower court on Monday.

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Mountain Stage
3:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Jill & Julia Show On Mountain Stage

Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule perform live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:49 am

Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney make their first appearance together on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. As the duo explains in its introductory song, singer-songwriter Sobule and comedian Sweeney came to know each other after a chance meeting by a jellyfish tank at a conference in Monterey, Calif.

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

'We Hurt A Lot Of People,' Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Says

Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, is seen during her days with the church. Now alienated from their family, Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace, speak to religious and cultural groups.
Jennifer Hack MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 6:25 pm

Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

U.N. Condemns U.S. Embargo Of Cuba, Again

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:02 pm

In a U.N. vote that has become something of a tradition, only one country agreed with the United States that its embargo of Cuba should continue. The final count in the General Assembly vote was 188-2.

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports for our Newscast unit:

"For the 22nd year in a row, the U.N. General Assembly approved a mainly symbolic resolution that condemns the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. This year's tally was 188-2, with three abstentions. Only Israel sided with the U.S. this time.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Two Kenyan Soldiers Jailed For Looting During Mall Siege

Two Kenyan soldiers have been fired and jailed after they allegedly looted stores while they were supposed to be trying to a control a terrorist attack at a Nairobi mall last month, the Kenyan Army said on Tuesday.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ethan Johns On World Cafe

Ethan Johns.
Jennifer Tipoulow Courtesy of the artist

English multi-instrumentalist and producer Ethan Johns has worked with provocative and prolific artists ranging from fellow U.K. musician Laura Marling to Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne. With the release of his debut album — If Not Now Then When? — Johns finally let loose the songs he'd been writing throughout his career.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:13 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

Pianist Maria João Pires realized in a shock onstage that she'd been booked to play another piece of music altogether.
YouTube

An old video is suddenly making the internet rounds, because living vicariously through a performance nightmare is an ever-popular sport, I guess. (And we've collected plenty ourselves.)

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Woman On Bridge Of Costa Concordia Says She Was Captain's Lover

Moldovan Domnica Cemortan, who was spotted with the Costa Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, during the spectacular crash of his cruise ship in 2012, during a break in Schettino's trial in July.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:40 pm

A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the ill-fated Costa Concordia on the night that it crashed and sank nearly two years ago has admitted in court that she and the captain were lovers, after having repeatedly denied the rumors in public.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:43 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.
Karl Walter Getty Images

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Author Interviews
2:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

'Hyperbole' Creator Considers All The Things

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:35 pm

The drawings are MS Paint-style doodles, and the stories are about everyday things like cake, poor spelling and dopey dogs. And yet each month, millions of people visit Hyperbole and a Half, the hybrid Web comic and blog created by 28-year-old Allie Brosh, who says she "tries very hard to be funny." Hyperbole has just come out in book form with a mix of old and new material featuring Brosh's absurdist take on the world and her author avatar, a stick figure with a pink dress and what might be a blond ponytail — or might not.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Meet The Mom Who Shamed A Pumpkin Thief

The sign to shame a pumpkin thief (with a rather mild expletive digitally hidden).
Eric Fidler Flickr

A photo of a Washington, D.C., mom's message to a pumpkin thief is resonating with many.

"To the person who stole my son's pumpkin," wrote Becky Reina. "Thank you for the life lesson. This will teach him that sometimes people are mean for no reason and you have to just brush it off.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:28 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J.

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:51 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing of the old mill house in Dorset, England where Gardiner was born.

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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

World Cafe Remembers Lou Reed

Lou Reed.
Jean Baptiste Mondino Courtesy of the artist

In remembrance of the legendary Lou Reed, who died on Oct. 27, World Cafe revisits an archived interview from 1996. This particular segment was recorded around the time the singer released Set the Twilight Reeling.

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Parallels
2:25 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

3 Charts (And A Few Words) On The Rise Of Electric Bikes

Electric bikes made by French company Moustache are displayed during the Cycle Show 2013 in Paris last month.
Charles Platiau Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:49 pm

We told you last week about how bicycles are outselling new cars in almost every European country.

When we delved a little deeper into the numbers, we found that while bicycle sales remained steady in a six-year period that began in 2006 (the top chart), sales of electric bikes exploded (the second chart).

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Code Switch
2:22 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'?

The children of the Ruseva family — at the heart of a story about a Roma child suspected of being kidnapped because she had blond hair and blue eyes — might not read to many as relatives. But they are.
BGNES AP

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 8:00 am

Last week, folks told us that that they found odd resonances in their lives with the stories of several Roma children in Europe who'd separated from their families. Like those blond, blue-eyed Roma children in darker-skinned, dark-haired families, people said that their own familial bonds had occasionally come under suspicion from strangers, who thought there was a "racial mismatch" between parent and child.

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The Picture Show
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Revisiting Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later In Photos

The iconic Princess Cottage, built in 1855, barely remains standing on Nov. 21, 2012, in Union Beach, N.J., after being ravaged by flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 2:36 pm

It's been a year since Superstorm Sandy tore up the Atlantic coast — one of the biggest and most expensive hurricanes in the region's history. The images at the time were remarkable: rows of homes washed from their foundations; New York City's Hugh Carey Tunnel completely flooded; a boat washed up onto a New Jersey front yard — its bow piercing straight through the front door.

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The Salt
1:35 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Simply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Have you ever wished that your iPhone could bring you the smell of coffee, curry or steak?

No? Well, there's a gadget for that.

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