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NPR 2009-10-29

时间:2009-11-09 08:20来源:互联网 提供网友:wangyingzi19872   字体: [ ]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan today after a massive car bomb ripped through a crowded market in Peshawar, killing1 at least 90 people. And she was quick to condemn2 the attack.

"These attacks on innocent people are cowardly. They are not courageous3. They are cowardly."

Mrs. Clinton was in Pakistan to show US support for the government's offensive against insurgents4 near the Afghan border. Peshawar attack was the latest in a series that has stricken the country since the army began the assault on Taliban strongholds some two weeks ago.

A trucking contractor5 from Kansas City says he used an AK-47 to hold off a group of attackers at a guest house in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, long enough so that some people could escape, though officials say attackers were still able to kill 11 people, including five UN workers. The guest house was being used by more than two dozen UN staff, most of whom are serving as advisors6 for next month's runoff election there. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack in which the gunmen were apparently7 dressed in police uniforms.

The seesaw8 nature of the economic recovery is showing up in the sales of new homes. Sales fell unexpectedly last month. NPR's Giles Snyder reports.

The Commerce Department says new home sales fell 3.6% in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 402,000. It was the sector9’s first drop in six months and was driven by a nearly 11% decline in the western US and a 10% drop in the south. Despite a showing that many economists10 had expected it to be better, the number of new homes left on the market at the end of the month shrank to its smallest in years, and the median sales price rose to nearly $205,000, after the $199,900 median in August. Trends in the housing market have been influenced by low mortgage rates, more affordably priced homes and a tax credit for first-time home buyers that expires at the end of the month. Congress is considering extending it. Giles Snyder, NPR News, Washington.

After months of negotiations11, House Democrats12 may finally be ready to unveil a health care bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to be planning a formal announcement tomorrow morning with the measure reaching the House floor sometime next week. In the Senate, meanwhile, Democratic leaders are trying to round up support for a bill with a modified public option.

The Defense13 measure that President Barack Obama signed today will expand current hate crime laws to include violence based on sexual orientation14 and other factors. After years of failing to get that expansion approved, Democrats this time attached it to a must-pass defense policy bill that was over the objections of many Republicans.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 119 points to end the session at 9,762. That was a decline of more than 1%. The NASDAQ dropped 56 points to close at 2,059. The S&P 500 fell 20 points today.

This is NPR.

According to a trustee overseeing the liquidation15 of the assets of Bernard Madoff, just over half a billion dollars has now been paid out to victims of the jailed financier. In a briefing today, trustee Irving Picard said so far investigators16 have confirmed losses of around 21 billion dollars in some 2,300 customer accounts. Money being paid out in restitution17 is coming from the Securities Investor18 Protection Corporation, created by Congress and funded by the securities industry. Earlier this year, the 71-year-old Madoff pleaded guilty to running a multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Orders for so-called big-ticket items - those are things designed to last three years or more - were up in December. The government reports the largest jump in demand for machinery19 in a year and a half helped to offset20 weakness in orders for commercial aircraft and autos. Commerce Department says orders for durable21 goods were up 1% last month, roughly in line with analysts22' expectations. Even excluding the volatile23 transportation sector, orders were up by a larger-than-expected 0.9%.

Sixty-five years after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, the remains24 of Air Force Sergeant25 Robert Stinson have been returned to California. The then 24-year-old flight engineer was aboard a B-24J Liberator26 bomber27. It was shot down over a group of islands in the South Pacific. Divers28 from a nonprofit group found the wreckage29 in 2004, and family members were alerted earlier this year the DNA30 of Stinson's two surviving brothers was a match with some bone fragments found at the crash site. Stinson will be buried Friday at Riverside National Cemetery31.

Crude oil futures32 prices ended the session lower today. Oil was down more than $2 a barrel or roughly 2% to close at $77.46 a barrel in New York.


1 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。
2 condemn zpxzp     
  • Some praise him,whereas others condemn him.有些人赞扬他,而有些人谴责他。
  • We mustn't condemn him on mere suppositions.我们不可全凭臆测来指责他。
3 courageous HzSx7     
  • We all honour courageous people.我们都尊重勇敢的人。
  • He was roused to action by courageous words.豪言壮语促使他奋起行动。
4 insurgents c68be457307815b039a352428718de59     
n.起义,暴动,造反( insurgent的名词复数 )
  • The regular troops of Baden joined the insurgents. 巴登的正规军参加到起义军方面来了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Against the Taliban and Iraqi insurgents, these problems are manageable. 要对付塔利班与伊拉克叛乱分子,这些问题还是可以把握住的。 来自互联网
5 contractor GnZyO     
  • The Tokyo contractor was asked to kick $ 6000 back as commission.那个东京的承包商被要求退还6000美元作为佣金。
  • The style of house the contractor builds depends partly on the lay of the land.承包商所建房屋的式样,有几分要看地势而定。
6 advisors 9c02a9c1778f1533c47ade215559070d     
n.顾问,劝告者( advisor的名词复数 );(指导大学新生学科问题等的)指导教授
  • The governors felt that they were being strung along by their advisors. 地方长官感到他们一直在受顾问们的愚弄。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • We will consult together with advisors about her education. 我们将一起和专家商议她的教育事宜。 来自互联网
7 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。
8 seesaw Xh3yf     
  • Prices have gone up and down like a seesaw this year.今年的价格像跷跷板一样时涨时跌。
  • The children are playing at seesaw.孩子们在玩跷跷板。
9 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
10 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
12 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》
13 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。
14 orientation IJ4xo     
  • Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上学时需要适应。
  • The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地图得知自己的方向。
15 liquidation E0bxf     
  • The bankrupt company went into liquidation.这家破产公司停业清盘。
  • He lost all he possessed when his company was put into liquidation.当公司被清算结业时他失去了拥有的一切。
16 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》
17 restitution cDHyz     
  • It's only fair that those who do the damage should make restitution.损坏东西的人应负责赔偿,这是再公平不过的了。
  • The victims are demanding full restitution.受害人要求全额赔偿。
18 investor aq4zNm     
  • My nephew is a cautious investor.我侄子是个小心谨慎的投资者。
  • The investor believes that his investment will pay off handsomely soon.这个投资者相信他的投资不久会有相当大的收益。
19 machinery CAdxb     
  • Has the machinery been put up ready for the broadcast?广播器材安装完毕了吗?
  • Machinery ought to be well maintained all the time.机器应该随时注意维护。
20 offset mIZx8     
  • Their wage increases would be offset by higher prices.他们增加的工资会被物价上涨所抵消。
  • He put up his prices to offset the increased cost of materials.他提高了售价以补偿材料成本的增加。
21 durable frox4     
  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.这件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。
  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他们经常需要购买耐用消费品。
22 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
23 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。
24 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
25 sergeant REQzz     
  • His elder brother is a sergeant.他哥哥是个警官。
  • How many stripes are there on the sleeve of a sergeant?陆军中士的袖子上有多少条纹?
26 liberator G1hxJ     
  • The best integrated turf quality was recorded in Ram I、Midnight、America、Connie、Liberator, which could be adopted in Shanxi. RamI、Midnight、America、Connie、Liberator综合质量表现均衡且分值较高,是山西省推广应用的重点品种。
  • It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old. 这是一部新世界的发展史,是一部后浪推前浪的历史。
27 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
28 divers hu9z23     
  • He chose divers of them,who were asked to accompany him.他选择他们当中的几个人,要他们和他作伴。
  • Two divers work together while a standby diver remains on the surface.两名潜水员协同工作,同时有一名候补潜水员留在水面上。
29 wreckage nMhzF     
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
30 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
31 cemetery ur9z7     
  • He was buried in the cemetery.他被葬在公墓。
  • His remains were interred in the cemetery.他的遗体葬在墓地。
32 futures Isdz1Q     
  • He continued his operations in cotton futures.他继续进行棉花期货交易。
  • Cotton futures are selling at high prices.棉花期货交易的卖价是很高的。
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