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Vincent Price and friends mix yikes! and yuks on DVD — Scares are everywhere this Halloween week, some real, some imagined, so much so that watching a modern horror film with the kids is the last thing on parents' minds. That's what makes this month's release of The Vincent Price Collection II, a seven-film, four-disc Blu-ray set from Scream Factory, such a spooky (and safe) time capsule of 1960s matinee frights.

Bradlee-Neuharth 'feud' fueled two egos — How the Ben Bradlee-Al Neuharth feud fueled two egos. Ben Bradlee, who died Tuesday at age 93, was best known for taking on Richard Nixon. But here at USA TODAY, the iconic editor of The Washington Post was one of the earliest and harshest critics of The Nation's Newspaper.

Dick Smith, movie makeup master, dies at 92 — Dick Smith, the Larchmont native who became a Hollywood makeup legend - turning Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in "The Godfather" - has died at age 92. Smith's death, which came after a long illness, was announced by his friend and fellow makeup artist Rick Baker on Thursday.

Movie makeup master Dick Smith dies at 92 — Dick Smith, the Hollywood makeup legend who turned Linda Blair into a demon in The Exorcist and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in The Godfather, has died at the age of 92.

Violent flare-ups in Ukraine and Gaza need to kept in proper perspective — With Twitter ablaze with tweets of war and terror, and cable news airing carnage at the top of every hour, it's easy to think the world is unraveling. Especially now, when troubles loom from Gaza to Ukraine and beyond.

Voices: Why we need Godzilla more than ever — In an era of 9/11, Katrina, tsunamis and typhoons, is it too soon for Godzilla to return? The monstrous truth is that the Big G has always been a creature of his times, thundering ashore like a force of nature, yes, but making a gigantic political statement as well.

Passages 2013: Remembering those we lost — Remembering those who left us in 2013, the talented, the influential and, in a few cases such as Nelson Mandela, the very great. "Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you ...

Our guide to 2013's best graphic novels and collections — USA TODAY's fanboy triumvirate picks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Black Beetle' and 'Fifth Beatle' as some of 2013's best. Every Yuletide, Eisner Award-nominated Brian Truitt and USA TODAY's other comic-book enthusiasts, David Colton and John Geddes, compile their Super Gift Guide, the best collections and graphic novels from the past year.

World finally catches up with Rube Goldberg — Has the world finally caught up with Rube Goldberg? As daily life gets more complicated -- just how many steps does it take to activate a cellphone these days? -- the mechanized whimsy of Goldberg's crazed contraptions seems more relevant than ever.

Somber skies: Flying on 9/11 — I've flown on Christmas Day - sad flights as you scan the faces row by row to see where the holiday magic has gone. Once I flew on Halloween night and was startled by flight attendants in witches' hats, green facepaint and brooms. But this morning I flew on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
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Oct 31, 2014

For all the hip Halloween parties and TV star posing, the spirit of the holiday is when the kids show up at the door. #trickortreat

Oct 31, 2014

This morning's TV stars in costumes. Amazing Halloween photo gallery. But where's Charlie Rose? via @USATODAY

Oct 31, 2014

'Present!' RT @MacMcCannTX: Girl in my class just showed up at 12:43 for a class that goes from 12 to 12:45.”

Oct 31, 2014

Ebola heads to court. Judge temporarily limits nurse's activities via @USATODAY

Oct 31, 2014

Pennsylvania ambush suspect put in slain trooper's handcuffs via @USATODAY

Oct 31, 2014

From the Military Times: Threats prompt new security warnings for military

Oct 31, 2014

RT @briantruitt: Price, Lorre, Karloff together again for Halloween via @DColtonNOW

Oct 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING Reports: Eric Frein, suspect in Pa. trooper killing, is in custody

Oct 30, 2014

New pre-election poll shows America is 'land of the fearful.' @SusanPage reports: via @USATODAY

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