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NPR 2008-12-21

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Much of the northern half of the nation is in the grip of an arctic air mass and is bracing1 for another wave of snow and ice. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.

People in western Washington State are gearing up for a "Mega-storm", that description is from a local official who warned that near hurricane force winds could soon start gusting2 off the Cascade3 Mountain Range. Meanwhile, Iowans are digging out from a storm that dumped a foot of snow across the northern part of the state and a sheet of ice across the south. Temperatures in Oklahoma are dropping sharply thanks to an arctic blast pushing into the state. Residents in southern Minnesota are being asked to stay off the roads where heavy snowfall and low visibility have affected4 25 counties. And the National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, New York State and Northern Illinois. Heavy gusts5 of wind there will make it feel like 20 degrees below zero. Neda Ulaby, NPR News.

The Chairman of the Joint6 Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, says the Pentagon may nearly double the number of US troops in Afghanistan by next summer. The reinforcements will help the 31, 000 American troops already there combat a resurgent Taliban.

A lawyer for a group that supports California's ban on same-sex marriage is criticizing the State Attorney General, calling his new legal stance on the issue "totally unprecedented7". That issue is Proposition 8, the ballot8 measure banning same-sex marriage that was approved by voters this fall. NPR's Alison Keys has more.

The State Attorney General Jerry Brown has decided9 to urge California's highest court to void Proposition 8, he says he changed his mind after probing the state constitution. Brown says the constitution guarantees people the right to marry, and the Proposition 8 deprives them of that right. But Anthony Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage. com, says it is disappointing that Brown "has refused to defend the vote of the people". Supporters of the measure filed legal papers, saying Proposition 8 simply restores the definition of marriage to what it had been. They also said it shouldn't validate10 any same-sex marriage that had been performed in the state. Alison Keys, NPR News, Washington.

President-elect Barack Obama says he is determined11 to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology. "The highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States, and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work." Mr. Obama in his weekly radio address said he has chosen Harvard physicist12 John Holdren to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, and marine13 biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric14 Administration. Both are experts on climate change. This selection is seen as an indication that the new administration will be aggressive in combating global warming.

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President-elect Obama's transition team is zeroing in on spending at NASA, the Space Agency is being asked to account for some cost overruns. Pat Duggins of member station WMFE has the story.
Mr. Obama's transition team rolled up about 70 questions for NASA, more than half of them dealt with how the space program spent its money. One example was the tool bag that drifted away during last month's mission to the International Space Station, the lost equipment cost NASA 100, 000 dollars. When asked why the tools were so expensive, NASA had no immediate15 answer. Doctor Julian Chambliss is a presidential historian at Rollins College in Orlando. He says these questions reflect the challenge the Obama administration faces with the space shuttle program winding16 down. "I think he's probably gonna try to maintain the vision, that Bush has talked about, but he really has this initial economic crisis to deal with. I think in the first two year, his administration's gonna be very much concerned by that". The Bush White House ordered the space shuttle program to end in the year 2010 in favor of a new space capsule. For NPR News, I'm Pat Duggins, in Orlando.

For a third straight weekend, student demonstrators have clashed with police in Athens, the latest rioting began after a candlelight memorial gathering17 for the teenager boy whose killing18 by police triggered the unrest. Protestors firebombed a credit reporting agency and attacked the city's Christmas tree today.

A federal jury in New Jersey19 has completed its fourth day of deliberations in the case of five men accused of plotting to attack soldiers at the army's Fort Dix base. The five foreign-born Muslim, are facing charges that include conspiracy20 to kill military personnel and attempted murder. All five insisted that they are innocent. The judge says he received a note from the jurors today, indicating they are making progress toward a verdict.


1 bracing oxQzcw     
  • The country is bracing itself for the threatened enemy invasion. 这个国家正准备奋起抵抗敌人的入侵威胁。
  • The atmosphere in the new government was bracing. 新政府的气氛是令人振奋的。
2 gusting b935a53d4a54bfbe1ff80be0f64a4ae6     
  • Then the treacherous North Atlantic struck, with hail, rain, lightning and gusting wind. 这时,气候变幻莫测的北大西洋出现了冰雹、大雨、闪电和狂风。 来自英汉非文学 - 百科语料821
  • Jeff: Sometimes, the partiality and miscarriage of justice are dis-gusting too. 杰夫: 有时,裁判的不公平和误判也真是令人讨厌的一件事情。
3 cascade Erazm     
  • She watched the magnificent waterfall cascade down the mountainside.她看着壮观的瀑布从山坡上倾泻而下。
  • Her hair fell over her shoulders in a cascade of curls.她的卷发像瀑布一样垂在肩上。
4 affected TzUzg0     
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
5 gusts 656c664e0ecfa47560efde859556ddfa     
一阵强风( gust的名词复数 ); (怒、笑等的)爆发; (感情的)迸发; 发作
  • Her profuse skirt bosomed out with the gusts. 她的宽大的裙子被风吹得鼓鼓的。
  • Turbulence is defined as a series of irregular gusts. 紊流定义为一组无规则的突风。
6 joint m3lx4     
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
7 unprecedented 7gSyJ     
  • The air crash caused an unprecedented number of deaths.这次空难的死亡人数是空前的。
  • A flood of this sort is really unprecedented.这样大的洪水真是十年九不遇。
8 ballot jujzB     
  • The members have demanded a ballot.会员们要求投票表决。
  • The union said they will ballot members on whether to strike.工会称他们将要求会员投票表决是否罢工。
9 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
10 validate Jiewm     
  • You need an official signature to validate the order.你要有正式的签字,这张汇票才能生效。
  • In order to validate the agreement,both parties sign it.为使协议有效,双方在上面签了字。
11 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
12 physicist oNqx4     
  • He is a physicist of the first rank.他是一流的物理学家。
  • The successful physicist never puts on airs.这位卓有成就的物理学家从不摆架子。
13 marine 77Izo     
  • Marine creatures are those which live in the sea. 海洋生物是生存在海里的生物。
  • When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。
14 atmospheric 6eayR     
  • Sea surface temperatures and atmospheric circulation are strongly coupled.海洋表面温度与大气环流是密切相关的。
  • Clouds return radiant energy to the surface primarily via the atmospheric window.云主要通过大气窗区向地表辐射能量。
15 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
16 winding Ue7z09     
  • A winding lane led down towards the river.一条弯弯曲曲的小路通向河边。
  • The winding trail caused us to lose our orientation.迂回曲折的小道使我们迷失了方向。
17 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
18 killing kpBziQ     
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
19 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
20 conspiracy NpczE     
  • The men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.这些人被裁决犯有阴谋杀人罪。
  • He claimed that it was all a conspiracy against him.他声称这一切都是一场针对他的阴谋。
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