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Meet The Mom Who Shamed A Pumpkin Thief

When Becky Reina discovered that someone had taken a pumpkin carved for her 2-year-old son, she put a sign on her porch to tell the thief just what she thought. The photo's gotten quite a bit of attention. She hopes the person responsible feels bad about it now.

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A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Scentee draws power from an iPhone to blast you with the smell of hearty meat or lavender. But could the synthetic smell of meat trick your brain into thinking you're eating meat instead of plain rice?
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Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch

"I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Americans. She also promises it will be fixed and running smoothly by the end of November. Republicans have their doubts.
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Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins Prison Term Several Days Early

The former Illinois congressman apparently tried to turn himself in to federal prison officials Monday — but he was four days early, setting off some confusion. The official deadline for his surrender had been set for Friday.
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Don't Waste Your Rainy Day Fund At The Beach

During the government shutdown, thousands of people with stable jobs suddenly found themselves without paychecks and scraping to get by. NPR Senior Business editor Marilyn Geewax talks with host Michel Martin about why rainy day funds are important, and how to create one.
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Pocahontas And Gangstas: Has Halloween Gotten Too PC?

Each year, Halloween brings out the funny, scary and sometimes racist costumes. This year, a young man is getting criticized for wearing blackface to portray slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Our diverse panel of parents gives their take on when dress-up goes too far.
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Sandy Relief: Still Rebuilding A Year Later

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the northeastern coast causing massive damage to homes and businesses. But how does the recovery look today? Host Michel Martin speaks to WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen and New Jersey relief volunteer Jim Davis to find out.
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Poet Nikki Giovanni On The Darker Side Of Her Life

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated living poets, known for beautiful descriptions of family, friends, politics and even food. Host Michel Martin talks with Giovanni about her "truth telling" and some of the surprises in her latest collection, Chasing Utopia.
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Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry

Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year. The major problem is also a major opportunity for startups like Food Cowboy and CropMobster, which are trying to cash in by connecting sellers of excess food to people in need of it.
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READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy are sponsoring the legislation. There has been anger from both major parties about how the National Security Agency vacuumed up data from Americans' phone calls and emails.

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