6:14pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Eric Frein, Suspected Of Killing Pennsylvania Trooper, In Custody

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 12:15 am

This undated photo of Eric Frein was released Tuesday by Pennsylvania State Police. Frein, 31, had been sought in connection with September's killing of a state trooper and the critical wounding of another.
AP

Eric Frein, the suspect wanted in the shooting death of a state trooper and the wounding of another officer at a police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, is now in police custody, Pennsylvania State Police said on Thursday.

His capture marks the end of a month-long, intensive manhunt in the Pocono Mountains.

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5:53pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Book Reviews

'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:50 pm

Michel Faber wrote a book a while ago (The Crimson Petal And The White) that became a critically acclaimed international best-seller. He also wrote the book Under The Skin, which was recently made into a very weird movie starring Scarlett Johansson as some kind of confused and lonely alien sex monster.

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5:45pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

The Devastating History Of Midterm Elections

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:23 pm

History tells us that midterm elections are bad — sometimes very bad — for the party that controls the White House. President Obama and the Democrats are pushing for voter turnout in the final days before next Tuesday's midterm election. But they are also bracing for what could be a rough night of ballot counting.

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5:06pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Red Cross Responds To NPR/ProPublica Report On Storm Response Inefficiencies

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says, as many as 40 percent of the organization's emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of the trucks on Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross.
Les Stone American Red Cross

This week, NPR and ProPublica have been reporting on the Red Cross response in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and other major storms.

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4:55pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Around the Nation

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:41 pm

Gary Morse, with wife Sharon, in 1999. Morse transformed a mobile home park in Florida into The Villages, a retirement community of more than 100,000 residents.
Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel

Gary Morse, a visionary property developer, transformed a Florida mobile home park into the nation's largest retirement community. The billionaire died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Under Morse's direction, The Villages, northwest of Orlando, redefined retirement living. It's a community that is remarkable most of all for its size — home to nearly 100,000 residents living in dozens of communities, spread over an area the size of Manhattan.

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4:38pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Maker Of 'Body Cams' Used By Police Reports Spike In Sales

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:31 pm

Washington, D.C., police officer Debra Domino wears a body camera at City Hall in September.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Taser International is reporting a big jump in demand by police departments for "body cameras." The company, one of the biggest providers of body cams to police departments, says 2014 sales of its "Axon Body" model are up 300 percent over last year, and sales of its more expensive "Axon Flex" camera have doubled.

And what's interesting is that this spike started well before the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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4:38pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Goats and Soda

Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Remember Typhoid Mary?

Mary Mallon, known as "Typhoid Mary," was immune to the typhoid she carried. Working as a cook, she spread the disease in New York and ended up quarantined on Brother Island (above) for more than two decades.
Bettmann/Corbis

When American nurse Kaci Hickox came home after treating Ebola patients in Liberia, she was quarantined in a tent at Newark International Airport for three days — even though she showed no signs of illness.

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4:13pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Goats and Soda

So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:25 pm

Dallas-area resident James Faulk turned his yard into an Ebola treatment center for Halloween. But he has a serious side: his Twitter account raises funds for Doctors Without Borders, a group active in the fight against the virus.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

People living in the United States have little to no reason to fear contracting Ebola, a deadly viral illness causing an epidemic in West Africa. Yet on Friday night, some Americans will dress up in hazmat suits akin to what health workers wear when treating an Ebola patient.

And of course, there's even a "sexy" version.

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4:10pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Watchdog Says Feds Shouldn't Have Let Man Take Grenade Parts To Mexico

A Justice Department watchdog says repeated failures by federal agents and prosecutors allowed a man to transport grenade parts to Mexican drug cartels.

The case, in which agents allowed the American to go through with potentially illegal behavior in order to catch bigger fish, is reminiscent of Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-walking scandal that plagued the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for years.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our newscast unit that the Justice Department's Inspector General uncovered serious flaws. She filed this report:

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4:08pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

Louisiana health officials say that anyone who's been in an Ebola-affected country over the last three weeks will be quarantined in their hotel rooms.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is telling researchers who've recently traveled to Ebola-affected parts of West Africa that they can't come to the society's annual meeting. That wasn't the medical group's idea.

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3:56pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

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3:53pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

Congressman Michael Grimm is facing a 20-count federal indictment but despite the charges, Grimm stands a decent chance of being reelected in New York.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A congressional race that sounds like the plot of a crime movie is playing out in Staten Island, N.Y. Republican Congressman Michael Grimm went undercover as 'Mikey Suits' when he was an FBI agent. Now Grimm is the one facing a 20-count federal indictment. But despite the charges, Grimm stands a decent chance of being reelected next week.

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3:42pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out, Writing He's 'Proud To Be Gay'

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

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3:42pm

Thu October 30, 2014
U.S.

Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

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3:42pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Sweden Recognizes Palestine, Drawing Sharp Israeli Criticism

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:50 pm

Sweden today recognized Palestine, just weeks after incoming Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said his government would become the first major European nation to make the move.

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