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NPR NEWS 2008-02-06

时间:2008-07-21 08:02来源:互联网 提供网友:xiesuyi   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I'm Giles Snyder.

Today is the busiest primary election day in U.S. history. A huge number of delegates are at stake for the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle1. Voters on the Super Tuesday will go to the polls to cast ballots2 in more than 20-state primaries and caucuses3. One question is how well voting equipment will perform. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.

Some states such as California will be using new equipment this year and election officials are nervous. They say there could be long delays in getting final results because they will be counting paper ballots using optical scan machines. This will take longer than counting results from touch screen voting machines which California Secretary Of State says it can no longer be used. Some activists4 are more concerned about states such as New Jersey5 and Georgia that are still using touch screen voting equipment. They say there could be problems of a contest disclose and there are no paper ballots to use in a recount. Voting rights advocates will also be watching Georgia closely to see how voters feel with a new voter ID requirement. Pam Fessler, NPR News, Washington.

Rebels fighting government troops in Chad are accusing France of intervening militarily. A rebel chief contends French aircraft have been firing on rebels in the capital of N'Djamena. Chad is a former colony and a French military spokesman denies the charge. France's Foreign and Defense6 Ministry7 is facing a deepening dilemma8 now that the U.N. Security Council has given them a green line to take action. Frank Browning reports from Paris.

As latest Sunday, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner declared France's neutrality over the Chad rebellion signaling the country's departure from a long history of deepened involvement and regular intervention9 in its client states' affairs. But the Security Council's decision yesterday to approve intervention by French army and air force troops already stationed in Chad leaves France in a touchy10 situation. The U.N.'s action was linked to a sharp denunciation of the rebels' border crossing from Darfur of Sudan. The rebels have cited of French support for the government as one of their grievances11. Should the rebels win, the French nominated forces sent to aid Darfur refugees would be in a precarious12 position. Meanwhile thousands of civilians13 fled N'Djamena yesterday as the rebels withdrew temporarily from the capital. For NPR News, I'm Frank Browning in Paris.

There has reportedly only been sporadic14 gunfire around N'Djamena today. A French military spokesman tells the Associated Press that the rebels appeared to be holding back around the edge of the city. Meanwhile African Union mediators are expected to arrive today.

The death toll16 stemming from post-election violence in Kenya has climbed. The local Red Cross in Nairobi now says one thousand people have died and more than three hundred thousand have been displaced. Meanwhile former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says his efforts to broker17 talks have hit a snag. Annan says the president's camp has rejected his choice of a mediator15. The crisis was sparked by the disputed reelection of President Mwai Kibaki.

This is NPR.

BP has formally pleaded guilty to criminal conduct in the explosion that hit the company's Texas City refinery18 in 2005. Fifteen workers were killed and 170 injured in the blast. Huston Public Radio's Ed Mayberry reports.

A federal judge heard victim impact statements from survivors19 and relatives of those killed in the accident almost three years ago. BP has a plea agreement with the Justice Department to pay a 50-million-dollar fine. Eva Rowe's parents were killed in the blast and she says the fine is not adequate. 'I think this plea agreement stinks20. If the purpose of punishment is to give incentive21 to the wrongdoer to change their ways and do the right thing, this agreement utterly22 fails. 50 million is less than one month worth of profit for this one BP plant.' Current Texas City plant manager Keith Casey ended the guilty plea on behalf of BP. Relatives of workers killed and injured are asking for a larger fine and possible jail time for executives who ignored problems at the plant. For NPR News, I'm Ed Mayberry in Huston.

Legendary23 Major League Baseball pitcher24 Roger Clemens is scheduled to speak under oath to Congressional lawyers today about allegations that he used steroids and human-growth hormone25. Clemens has to talk to the lawyers behind closed doors a day after former teammate Andy Pettitte did the same. The interviews are in preparation for a public hearing next week.

A federal judge in California says the Navy must follow environmental laws placing strict limits on sonar training that opponents argue harms whales and other marine26 mammals. The court has ruled President Bush does not have the authority to exempt27 the Navy from compliance28. He signed a waiver earlier this month and the Navy says it's studying its options.

I'm Giles Snyder, NPR News from Washington.


1 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
2 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 caucuses d49ca95184fa2aef8e2ee3b613a6f7dd     
n.(政党决定政策或推举竞选人的)核心成员( caucus的名词复数 );决策干部;决策委员会;秘密会议
  • Republican caucuses will happen in about 410 towns across Maine. 共和党团会议选举将在缅因州的约410个城镇进行。 来自互联网
4 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 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。
6 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
7 ministry kD5x2     
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
8 dilemma Vlzzf     
  • I am on the horns of a dilemma about the matter.这件事使我进退两难。
  • He was thrown into a dilemma.他陷入困境。
9 intervention e5sxZ     
  • The government's intervention in this dispute will not help.政府对这场争论的干预不会起作用。
  • Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention.许多人觉得他会反对外来干预。
10 touchy PJfz6     
  • Be careful what you say because he's touchy.你说话小心,因为他容易生气。
  • He's a little touchy about his weight.他对自己的体重感到有点儿苦恼。
11 grievances 3c61e53d74bee3976a6674a59acef792     
n.委屈( grievance的名词复数 );苦衷;不满;牢骚
  • The trade union leader spoke about the grievances of the workers. 工会领袖述说工人们的苦情。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • He gave air to his grievances. 他申诉了他的冤情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 precarious Lu5yV     
  • Our financial situation had become precarious.我们的财务状况已变得不稳定了。
  • He earned a precarious living as an artist.作为一个艺术家,他过得是朝不保夕的生活。
13 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
14 sporadic PT0zT     
adj.偶尔发生的 [反]regular;分散的
  • The sound of sporadic shooting could still be heard.仍能听见零星的枪声。
  • You know this better than I.I received only sporadic news about it.你们比我更清楚,而我听到的只是零星消息。
15 mediator uCkxk     
  • He always takes the role of a mediator in any dispute.他总是在争论中充当调停人的角色。
  • He will appear in the role of mediator.他将出演调停者。
16 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
17 broker ESjyi     
  • He baited the broker by promises of higher commissions.他答应给更高的佣金来引诱那位经纪人。
  • I'm a real estate broker.我是不动产经纪人。
18 refinery QiayX     
  • They built a sugar refinery.他们建起了一座榨糖厂。
  • The purpose of oil refinery is to refine crude petroleum.炼油厂的主要工作是提炼原油。
19 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
20 stinks 6254e99acfa1f76e5581ffe6c369f803     
v.散发出恶臭( stink的第三人称单数 );发臭味;名声臭;糟透
  • The whole scheme stinks to high heaven—don't get involved in it. 整件事十分卑鄙龌龊——可别陷了进去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soup stinks of garlic. 这汤有大蒜气味。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
21 incentive j4zy9     
  • Money is still a major incentive in most occupations.在许多职业中,钱仍是主要的鼓励因素。
  • He hasn't much incentive to work hard.他没有努力工作的动机。
22 utterly ZfpzM1     
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
23 legendary u1Vxg     
  • Legendary stories are passed down from parents to children.传奇故事是由父母传给孩子们的。
  • Odysseus was a legendary Greek hero.奥狄修斯是传说中的希腊英雄。
24 pitcher S2Gz7     
  • He poured the milk out of the pitcher.他从大罐中倒出牛奶。
  • Any pitcher is liable to crack during a tight game.任何投手在紧张的比赛中都可能会失常。
25 hormone uyky3     
  • Hormone implants are used as growth boosters.激素植入物被用作生长辅助剂。
  • This hormone interacts closely with other hormones in the body.这种荷尔蒙与体內其他荷尔蒙紧密地相互作用。
26 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。
27 exempt wmgxo     
  • These goods are exempt from customs duties.这些货物免征关税。
  • He is exempt from punishment about this thing.关于此事对他已免于处分。
28 compliance ZXyzX     
  • I was surprised by his compliance with these terms.我对他竟然依从了这些条件而感到吃惊。
  • She gave up the idea in compliance with his desire.她顺从他的愿望而放弃自己的主意。
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