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Music News

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

The mockingbird is known for latching on to sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.

Ricky's employee, George Lanes, shows off one of this year's hottest costumes, Anna, from the movie Frozen. Quoctrung Bui/NPR hide caption

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Planet Money

Pirates, Princesses, Witches And Vampires: Stocking Costumes Is Serious Business

Costume shop owners think about stocking their shelves like investors think about putting together stock portfolios. They need a diverse mix of classic costume favorites and risky hot new things.

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The Salt

'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

The phone company Vonage reported a 10 percent drop in voice mail retrievals over the past year. Many of those ignoring voice mails are millennials. iStockphoto hide caption

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All Tech Considered

'Please Do Not Leave A Message.' Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters. Greg E. Mathieson Sr./Mai/Landov hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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Shots - Health News

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online KERA

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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This encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, shown in 2008, was cleared out by authorities in 2009. It was home to sex offenders who were unable to find places where they were permitted to live under Miami-Dade County's strict residency law. Although this makeshift community was broken up, homeless sex offenders continue to camp out in other areas of the county. David Adame/AP hide caption

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Law

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

Miami-Dade County has strict limits on where sex offenders can live — so strict many wind up living in outdoor encampments. Now the ACLU is challenging the law, which it says is harsh and arbitrary.

The headquarters of Reynolds American in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.. Starting in January, workers there will no longer be allowed to smoke at their desks. Chris Keane/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Business

Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

Until now, Reynolds employees have been able to light up at their desks. But come January, workers will have to either go outside or use specially equipped smoking rooms.

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Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

We asked the romantic London band to perform a song from its album Present Tense in The Campbell Apartment, an antique bar tucked into the corner of New York's bustling Grand Central Station.

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