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NPR NEWS 2008-02-09

时间:2008-07-21 08:28来源:互联网 提供网友:xiesuyi   字体: [ ]

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

In Pakistan, British investigators1 have released their findings on the assassination2 of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A Scotland Yard team found that Bhutto was killed for the impact of a suicide bomb rather than by a gunshot wound to the head. NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Islamabad.

In their report, Scotland Yard investigators say that Bhutto was thrown back by the blast from a suicide bomb and hit her head on the four inch metal lip that surrounds the escape patch similar to a sunroof on top of the armoured vehicle she was traveling in. The report says Bhutto suffered major trauma3 to the right side of her head and that no gunshot wounds to her head appeared in any of the X-rays taken at the hospital shortly after she was attacked. The report finds that the attack on Bhutto was a work of one man. Pakistani authorities believe two people were involved. The Scotland Yard detectives indicated their investigation4 was complicated because the crime scene had been cleaned and opened to traffic long before they arrived in Pakistan and no autopsy5 was performed on Bhutto. Jackie Northam, NPR News, Islamabad.

French police are reportedly widening their investigation into the trading scandal of the French bank Societe Generale. The French newspaper Le Monde is reporting that police are questioning a second trader about his relationship with Jerome Kerviel. Meanwhile a hearing is scheduled in the case for today. The Paris Prosecutor's office is appealing a decision to free Kerviel under judicial7 supervision8.

The gunman who killed 5 people during a city council meeting in Kirkwood Missouri last night apparently9 had a history of conflict with local officials. Kirkwood's resident Justin Strife10 says the gunman disrupted an earlier meeting with the trade about Mayor Mike Swoboda. 'He sat down and wanted meeting, and just ranting11 and raving12 about Swoboda and sat down, I mean, just sat down in front of the podium wouldn't move had to be physically13 in move, there's a lawsuit14 about that said is infringing15 upon his first Amendment16 right of freedom of speech.' Mike Swoboda is in critical condition and the gunman killed five people including 2 police officers but other policemen then killed him.

On Capitol Hill, the House has agreed to create legislation that would address the soaring cost of attending college. NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports.

It's simplified the Federal Financial Aid Application Process. It requires that the U.S. Education Department helps students and families compare the cost of attending different colleges. It calls on schools to explain why the prices are raising so much. It forces schools to disclose relationships with lenders to minimize conflicts of interests. The bill also adds more money to pare grants which will now be awarded year round. It sets aside more federal aid for veterans. And in one of its most controversial provisions, it penalized17 states that cut aid to needy18 students. The Senate has approved a similar bill but in unusual release U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said the legislation ultimately undermines the checks and balances in the nation's higher education system. Claudio Sanchez, NPR News.

And you are listening to NPR News.

A spokesman says President Bush will sign the economic stimulus19 bill passed by congress yesterday. He'll sign that bill sometime next week. That means rebate20 checks averaging anywhere should, rebate checks should start reaching many Americans by the summer. Congress gave final approval to the bill last night after Senate Democrats21 back to waive22 from a proposal to extend jobless benefits. Meanwhile, Mr. Bush will be traveling to Tennessee this morning to get a firsthand to look at some of the damage from the deadly storms that swept through 5 southern states earlier this week.

Officials in Georgia have not released an official cause of huge explosion at a sugar refinery23 near Savannah. But they say volatile24 sugar dust may be to blame. Six people are still missing and fires of the refinery are still burning this morning.

A team of scientists is reporting that some insects have evolved the ability to survive while feeding on corn and cotton that has been genetically25 engineered to poison them. It may be the first case of insects becoming resistant26 to the crops. NPR's Dan Charles reports.

More than a decade ago, several companies inserted a new gene6 isolated27 from insect-killing bacteria into cotton and corn. It kills some caterpillars28. Scientists predicted that insects would evolve resistance to the poison called BT and researchers at the University of Arizona say now it's happened. They report in the journal Nature Biotechnology that some boll worms collected from cotton fields in Arkansas and Mississippi now are much less susceptible29. But the scientists at the University of Arkansas who actually collected those boll worms are convinced. They say those hardy30 insects may have been living in cotton fields all long. Scientists just happen to find them now. Dan Charles, NPR news, Washington.

And I'm Giles Snyder. This is NPR News.


1 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 assassination BObyy     
  • The assassination of the president brought matters to a head.总统遭暗杀使事态到了严重关头。
  • Lincoln's assassination in 1865 shocked the whole nation.1865年,林肯遇刺事件震惊全美国。
3 trauma TJIzJ     
  • Counselling is helping him work through this trauma.心理辅导正帮助他面对痛苦。
  • The phobia may have its root in a childhood trauma.恐惧症可能源于童年时期的创伤。
4 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
5 autopsy xuVzm     
  • They're carrying out an autopsy on the victim.他们正在给受害者验尸。
  • A hemorrhagic gut was the predominant lesion at autopsy.尸检的主要发现是肠出血。
6 gene WgKxx     
  • A single gene may have many effects.单一基因可能具有很多种效应。
  • The targeting of gene therapy has been paid close attention.其中基因治疗的靶向性是值得密切关注的问题之一。
7 judicial c3fxD     
  • He is a man with a judicial mind.他是个公正的人。
  • Tom takes judicial proceedings against his father.汤姆对他的父亲正式提出诉讼。
8 supervision hr6wv     
  • The work was done under my supervision.这项工作是在我的监督之下完成的。
  • The old man's will was executed under the personal supervision of the lawyer.老人的遗嘱是在律师的亲自监督下执行的。
9 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
10 strife NrdyZ     
  • We do not intend to be drawn into the internal strife.我们不想卷入内乱之中。
  • Money is a major cause of strife in many marriages.金钱是造成很多婚姻不和的一个主要原因。
11 ranting f455c2eeccb0d93f31e63b89e6858159     
v.夸夸其谈( rant的现在分词 );大叫大嚷地以…说教;气愤地)大叫大嚷;不停地大声抱怨
  • Mrs. Sakagawa stopped her ranting. 坂川太太戛然中断悲声。 来自辞典例句
  • He was ranting about the murder of his dad. 他大叫她就是杀死他父亲的凶手。 来自电影对白
12 raving c42d0882009d28726dc86bae11d3aaa7     
  • The man's a raving lunatic. 那个男子是个语无伦次的疯子。
  • When I told her I'd crashed her car, she went stark raving bonkers. 我告诉她我把她的车撞坏了时,她暴跳如雷。
13 physically iNix5     
  • He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。
  • Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。
14 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
15 infringing 9830a3397dcc37350ee4c468f7bfe45a     
v.违反(规章等)( infringe的现在分词 );侵犯(某人的权利);侵害(某人的自由、权益等)
  • The material can be copied without infringing copyright. 这份材料可以复制,不会侵犯版权。
  • The media is accused of infringing on people's privacy. 人们指责媒体侵犯了大家的隐私。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 amendment Mx8zY     
  • The amendment was rejected by 207 voters to 143.这项修正案以207票对143票被否决。
  • The Opposition has tabled an amendment to the bill.反对党已经就该议案提交了一项修正条款。
17 penalized c88c37e7a177d0a347c36794aa587e91     
对…予以惩罚( penalize的过去式和过去分词 ); 使处于不利地位
  • You will be penalized for poor spelling. 你拼写不好将会受到处罚。
  • Team members will be penalized for lateness. 队员迟到要受处罚。
18 needy wG7xh     
  • Although he was poor,he was quite generous to his needy friends.他虽穷,但对贫苦的朋友很慷慨。
  • They awarded scholarships to needy students.他们给贫苦学生颁发奖学金。
19 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
20 rebate GTIxY     
  • You can claim a rebate on your tax.你可以要求退回部分税款。
  • Customers are to benefit from a rebate on their electricity bills.顾客将从他们的电费退费中得到实惠。
21 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 waive PpGyO     
  • I'll record to our habitat office waive our claim immediately.我立即写信给咱们的总公司提出放弃索赔。
  • In view of the unusual circumstances,they agree to waive their requirement.鉴于特殊情况,他们同意放弃他们的要求。
23 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。
24 volatile tLQzQ     
  • With the markets being so volatile,investments are at great risk.由于市场那么变化不定,投资冒着很大的风险。
  • His character was weak and volatile.他这个人意志薄弱,喜怒无常。
25 genetically Lgixo     
  • All the bees in the colony are genetically related. 同一群体的蜜蜂都有亲缘关系。
  • Genetically modified foods have already arrived on American dinner tables. 经基因改造加工过的食物已端上了美国人的餐桌。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 基因与食物
26 resistant 7Wvxh     
  • Many pests are resistant to the insecticide.许多害虫对这种杀虫剂有抵抗力。
  • They imposed their government by force on the resistant population.他们以武力把自己的统治强加在持反抗态度的人民头上。
27 isolated bqmzTd     
  • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
  • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
28 caterpillars 7673bc2d84c4c7cba4a0eaec866310f4     
n.毛虫( caterpillar的名词复数 );履带
  • Caterpillars eat the young leaves of this plant. 毛毛虫吃这种植物的嫩叶。
  • Caterpillars change into butterflies or moths. 毛虫能变成蝴蝶或蛾子。 来自辞典例句
29 susceptible 4rrw7     
  • Children are more susceptible than adults.孩子比成人易受感动。
  • We are all susceptible to advertising.我们都易受广告的影响。
30 hardy EenxM     
  • The kind of plant is a hardy annual.这种植物是耐寒的一年生植物。
  • He is a hardy person.他是一个能吃苦耐劳的人。
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