4:31pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

The Industrious Lives Of Halloween's Ghouls

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:22 pm

Being a monster — or creepy clown — in a haunted house can be downright strenuous with all the jumping and running. And if the scares are too real, it can get physical.
Courtesy of Nick Markoff

Halloween might be the best day of the year for kids who love candy and grown-ups who love to be scared, but it is also the last day of work for thousands of ghouls and clowns.

Every year, people from all walks of life — firefighters, students, preschool teachers — adopt the rather unconventional part-time job of scaring at haunted attractions. They spend a month caking their faces with makeup, dipping their bodies in jelly-like substances that resemble blood and practicing chilling screams and creepy laughs until they're pitch perfect.

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4:30pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Science

High-Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:53 pm

These computer models from Oct. 26 of then-Hurricane Sandy show different predictions for the storm's path.
NOAA

Better satellites, smarter computer models and faster computers helped government forecasters correctly predict the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, scientists say.

It's unlikely the forecast would have been nearly as accurate just a couple of decades ago, they say.

"The National Hurricane Center did a fantastic job, particularly with the track forecast and the intensity forecast as it was moving toward the Northeast," says Sharan Majumdar, an associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami.

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4:24pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Smart Power Grid May Have Lessened Sandy's Impact

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:53 pm

Old age and a new threat — climate change — are putting a strain on the East Coast's power infrastructure after Sandy.

4:23pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Atlantic City Starts To Dig Out From Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:53 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The massive storm that battered the East Coast this week is now fading, but Sandy's toll has become all too clear. In the U.S., at least 66 people are not confirmed dead, eight of them in New Jersey where we begin this hour.

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4:11pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Arts & Life

A 'Witch Queen' Who Casts Her Spells Year-Round

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 2:53 pm

Courtesy of Faith in the Five Boroughs

4:03pm

Wed October 31, 2012
World Cafe

Kinky On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 3:06 pm

Kinky.
Pablo Levinas

A quintet from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky formed in 1998. Dust Brothers' John King — who has worked with Beck, The Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys — produced the band's latest album, Sueño De La Maquina (Dream Machine).

The band is nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Alternative Song, and is also nominated for Best Latin Artist North at the MTV Europe Awards. Dream Machine mixes hypnotic lyrics with electronic rhythms.

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4:03pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Shots - Health News

To Stem Mumps Outbreak, Doctors Try An Extra Vaccination

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:39 pm

Two boys study together at a Chicago yeshiva in 2009. Public health officials say this type of close physical contact caused a mumps outbreak to spread throughout several orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.
M. Spencer Green AP

On June 17, 2009, an 11-year-old boy returned home from the U.K., which was experiencing a large number of mumps cases at the time. He then went to a summer camp for Orthodox Jews in upstate New York.

This turned out to be the spark that led to an outbreak of mumps among Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City. Ultimately, more than 3,500 people got sick.

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3:33pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Digital Life

A Mohawk Hero In The Not-So-Diverse Gaming World

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:49 pm

For the latest installment of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, set in Colonial America, the hooded main character is part Mohawk. The company brought in a Mohawk consultant and hired a Native actor to play the role.
Courtesy of Ubisoft

The Assassin's Creed video game series has become a megahit for gaming enthusiasts. The story line follows a bloody war between Assassins and the Knights Templar, first during the Crusades and then in Renaissance Italy.

The newly released Assassins Creed III crosses the ocean and a couple of centuries so the action could take place during the Revolutionary War and would be wildly anticipated on its own.

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3:00pm

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Auto Legend Iacocca Backs Romney In Ohio Car Wars

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:06 pm

Mitt Romney campaigns Monday in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Tony Dejak AP

As the presidential race zeroes in on Ohio, and the auto industry gets renewed focus in the all-important swing state, Mitt Romney's campaign is touting the backing of former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca and the company's former president, Hal Sperlich.

"In our opinion, Mitt Romney is the leader we need to help turn our economy around and ensure that the American auto industry is once again a dominant force in the world," Iacocca and Sperlich write on Romney's website.

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2:59pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Environment

Sandy Raises Questions About Climate And The Future

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:12 pm

Taxis sit in a flooded lot in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic Seaboard.
Michael Bocchieri Getty Images

If you ask climate scientist Radley Horton, it's difficult to say that Hurricane Sandy was directly caused by climate change, but he sees strong connections between the two. Horton is a research scientist at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He says that in New York City, the sea level has gone up about a foot over the past century and that researchers expect that rise to continue and even accelerate.

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