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

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Listen to the Mocking Bird Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins
Elizabeth Reed John Pizzarelli
Su-Bo's Mental Meltdown Portico Quartet
Rooftop Love Mark Kilian

A rogues gallery of the viruses (left to right) that cause MERS, SARS, and influenza. Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

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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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ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

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Paper Scissors Stone Portico Quartet
Good Intentions [LP Mix] Session Victim

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

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

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Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

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Telephone Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
Ethio Blues Mulatu Astatke

The problem isn't just that fake cures are worthless, doctors say. Fraudulent claims also give some people the false sense that the product can protect them from getting sick. iStockphoto hide caption

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

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

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Mork & Mindy
Pata Pata (Skata Skata) The Skatalites

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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Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

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Ritual Union Little Dragon
Nova Burial & Four Tet

Lacey Williams (from left), Mary Espinosa, Jaime Villegas, Armando Cruz Martinez and Elisa Benitez talk inside the offices of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, N.C. According to a 2011 Pew Hispanic report, the median age of Latinos in North Carolina is 24. Andy McMillan for NPR hide caption

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

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Loco's Lament Tommy Guerrero

Jim Nepstad, superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa, stands at the top of a bluff looking over the Mississippi River. Clay Masters/NPR hide caption

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Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

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Black Tusk Lumerians
Black Pearl African Music Machine

You don't have to travel to Paris to savor Steven Raichlen's French Bistro Brisket. John Kroll/Flickr hide caption

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Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket

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Chill Joshua Redman
Funk Explosion The Everyone Orchestra