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 hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

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

An NPR investigation revealed how the emergency organization funneled its resources away from storm victims to create an "illusion of mass care." The Red Cross tells PBS NewsHour that's not true.

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 hide caption

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Around the Nation

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.

Terrifying terror-ramas so scary you'll need a nurse on stand-by! Bob Mondello says the 1993 film Matinee brought back memories of his days writing Halloween horror ad copy for a movie theatre chain. Courtesy of UNIVERSAL / THE KOBAL COLLECTION hide caption

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Movies

Remembering All Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura in the new Amazon series Transparent. Jill Soloway says she cast Tambor in the role because everyone knows Tambor as a "dad figure." Courtesy of Amazon hide caption

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Television

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, she says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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 hide caption

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Politics

The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race

When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.

A man wears a protective mask as he carries a bouquet of flowers at Women's College Hospital in Toronto in March 2003, when SARS fears were widespread. Kevin Frayer/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola KWGS

A young doctor put on a protective suit so he could examine a man who might be sick with SARS. It was hard to tell who was more frightened: the doctor or the patient.

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Paraguayan government employee Daniel Alonso holds a portrait of Rutherford B. Hayes at the government building in Villa Hayes, the Paraguayan town named after the 19th U.S. president. He's revered for a decision that gave the country 60 percent of its present territory. Jorge Saenz/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Why Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal In Paraguay

The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.

Tyler Ritter, center, stars in CBS' The McCarthys with, clockwise from top left, Jack McGee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman. Monty Brinton/CBS hide caption

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Television

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

Domitilia, 57, is a diabetic patient in the Dominican Republic who contracted tuberculosis. She's now cured of TB after two years of treatment. Javier Galeano/The Union hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.

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