1:23pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Apologizes To Protesters

A Turkish demonstrator raises his hands during a protest held in front of the Prime Minister's office in central Ankara on Tuesday.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

Trying to placate protesters, Turkey's deputy prime minister issued an apology today.

"The use of excessive force shown against the people who initially started this protest with the motive of protecting the environment was wrong," Bulent Arinc said in a press conference. "And it was unfair. So I apologize to those citizens."

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12:44pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Parallels

In Gaza, Hamas Targets Palestinian Informants In Crackdown

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:25 am

Palestinian gunmen drag a man from a motorcycle in Gaza City on Nov. 20. He was one of six men killed that day on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip denied responsibility, though it has executed others judged to be working with Israel's security forces.
Hatem Moussa AP

Life was already grim in the Gaza Strip when fighting raged between Israel and Hamas last November. Then Khulud Badawi got unexpected bad news about her husband.

"I was at home when my son came in and said, 'Mom, they killed Dad.' I said, 'Who?' He said, 'Hamas.' I asked him, 'Where?' He said, 'Next to the gas station,'" she recalls.

Badawi's husband, Ribhi Badawi, was in prison in Gaza City. He was supposed to go to court that day for a final appeal of charges that he had collaborated with Israel against Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

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12:24pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 8:42 am

A man smokes outside an office building in New York City in April. Smoking breaks cost employers almost $3,000 per year per smoking employees, a study says.
John Moore Getty Images

Smoking is expensive, and not just for the person buying the cigs. Employers are taking hard looks at the cost of employing smokers as they try to cut health insurance costs, with some refusing to hire people who say they smoke.

But figures on the cost of smoking have been rough estimates at best, with a very general estimate of $193 billion a year nationwide.

Researchers now say they're got much tighter focus on the number: $5,800 per smoker per year.

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12:22pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Rubber Ducky, You're (Not) The One. Hong Kong Quacker Spawns Others

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:39 pm

The original inflatable duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.
Li Peng Xinhua /Landov

Perhaps it was inevitable. Given the huge popularity of the six-story, yellow rubber ducky that's been bobbing around in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, companies in a number of mainland Chinese cities have decided to copy it.

New ducks have popped up in the central city of Wuhan, the ancient city of Xi'an, the northern port city of Tianjin and Hengdian, a town in Zhejiang province that is home to a massive movie studio.

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12:17pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Accepts James Holmes' Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:14 pm

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The judge presiding over the case of James Holmes, who is accused of a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, has accepted a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.

This sets the table for a potentially lengthy mental examination of Holmes. The AP reports:

"The next step is an evaluation of Holmes by state doctors to determine whether he was insane at the time of the shootings. That could take months.

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11:49am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Jill Kelley Files Suit Against Feds Over Petraeus Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:13 pm

Jill Kelley, outside her home in Tampa.
Brian Blanco Reuters /Landov

Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite whose complaints to the FBI sparked the discovery of an extramarital affair that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

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11:43am

Tue June 4, 2013
Law

What's At Stake With Supreme Court Decisions?

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we are going to dig into a new survey of African-American attitudes about their lives, and some of the findings may surprise you. We'll also talk about how that 401(k) retirement plan, once a fresh idea, may need some new thinking.

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11:43am

Tue June 4, 2013
Race

Money To Matrimony: Talking About The Black Experience

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We want to continue the conversation we just started about the new poll, African-American Lives Today. It is a survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is one of NPR's funders, and the Harvard School of Public Health. For a closer look at the survey itself, you can check it out on the Code Switch page of NPR.org. And we shared the poll with some guests on the program who've been thinking about or writing about a lot of the issues touched on by the poll.

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11:43am

Tue June 4, 2013
Race

Is It A Surprise That Single Black Men Are Looking For LTR?

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

Transcript

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11:43am

Tue June 4, 2013
Race

What Do We Know About 'African American Lives Today?'

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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