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NPR 2009-12-02

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An additional 30, 000 US troops are headed to Afghanistan and senior administration officials say NATO will also contribute a significant number of fresh troops to the war. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports.

 The first Marines will arrive as early as Christmas. All 30, 000 extra US troops will be in Afghanistan by next summer. The new forces will include two or three more combat brigades and thousands of trainers. That's according to administration officials who briefed reporters as President Obama prepares to address the nation tonight in a prime time address. The officials say Mr. Obama will stress that the US commitment is not open-ended and that he will start bringing troops home by July of 2011. But the president will not set a deadline for ending the war. The pace of withdrawal1 will be dictated2 by events on the ground. NATO allies are also expected to contribute more troops. The Obama administration is hoping for a formal announcement from NATO on Friday. Mary Louise Kelly, NPR News, Washington.

Officials with Florida Highway Patrol announce today they are issuing Golfer Tiger Woods a careless driving citation3. That's in connection with a car crash outside his Orlando-area mansion4 last week. Sergeant5 Kim Montes is with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Despite the celebrity6 status of Mr. Woods, the Florida Highway Patrol has completed its investigation7 in the same professional manner that it strives to complete each traffic crash investigation. 

Woods was injured after reportedly smashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree early Friday morning. Woods' wife told police she used a golf club to smash out the vehicle's back windows and freed her husband. Woods has declined to speak about rumors8 surrounding the accident.

The battered9 US auto10 market showed some signs of stabilizing11 last month. NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

Toyota sales rose more than 2% compared to November a year ago. Sales at Ford12, the healthiest of the Detroit companies, were flat. General Motors now majority owned by American taxpayers13 saw a 2% drop. And Chrysler which also enjoyed a government bailout saw sales plunge14 25%. The numbers suggest the auto market is recovering slowly. But it still remains15 dramatically smaller than it was just several years ago. And analysts16 say any big increases seem unlikely soon with the nation's struggling with an unemployment rate over 10%. Although recession has savaged17 most car makers18, it's provided opportunity for a few. Hyundai, the Korean economy brand which once drew laughs saw sales jump 46% from a year ago. Frank Langfitt, NPR News, Washington.

GM meanwhile has announced in the market for a new president and CEO that follows an unexpected announcement today. The GM Chief Executive Fritz Henderson will leave the automaker. The departure comes after a meeting of GM's 13-member board.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 126 points today.

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 Pentagon supplier Northrop Grumman announced today the company will team up with academic researchers to trying to address the growing threat of cyber attacks to US computer networks. The academic research group will include Carnegie Mellon, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue. The initiative is the latest from a US defense19 contractor20 targeted at the growing threat to US security posed by online hackers21 and others. Northrop recently made news of a report implicated22 Chinese authorities in extensive cyber activities against the US.

Jurors reached a verdict today in the theft trial of Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon. Donna Marie Owens from member station WYPR reports.

After more than six days of deliberations, a jury of nine women and three men found Sheila Dixon guilty on one count of embezzlement23. The mayor was accused of spending holiday gift cards intended for the needy24 on herself and others. The mayor was found not guilty of three other counts including theft and misconduct in office. Jurors could not reach a decision on a fifth count. Outside the court house Dixon spoke25 briefly26. “So this city will continue to run and the citizens will be assured and feel confident that we won't miss a step.”  State prosecutor27 Robert Rohrbaugh also spoke. “Anytime a sitting mayor is convicted, it really is a sad day for the citizens of Baltimore.” Legal questions continue to swirl28 as to whether the mayor must step down immediately. For NPR News, I'm Donna Marie Owens in Baltimore.

The coach with the second best record in college football history is preparing to throw in the towel. 80-year-old Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is expected to officially retire after Florida State plays in a bowl game. Bowden will leave with 388 wins over a 44-year career.

I'm Jack29 Speer, NPR News in Washington.


1 withdrawal Cfhwq     
  • The police were forced to make a tactical withdrawal.警方被迫进行战术撤退。
  • They insisted upon a withdrawal of the statement and a public apology.他们坚持要收回那些话并公开道歉。
2 dictated aa4dc65f69c81352fa034c36d66908ec     
v.大声讲或读( dictate的过去式和过去分词 );口授;支配;摆布
  • He dictated a letter to his secretary. 他向秘书口授信稿。
  • No person of a strong character likes to be dictated to. 没有一个个性强的人愿受人使唤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 citation 1qyzo     
  • He had to sign the proposition for the citation.他只好在受奖申请书上签了字。
  • The court could issue a citation and fine Ms. Robbins.法庭可能会发传票,对罗宾斯女士处以罚款。
4 mansion 8BYxn     
  • The old mansion was built in 1850.这座古宅建于1850年。
  • The mansion has extensive grounds.这大厦四周的庭园广阔。
5 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?
6 celebrity xcRyQ     
  • Tom found himself something of a celebrity. 汤姆意识到自己已小有名气了。
  • He haunted famous men, hoping to get celebrity for himself. 他常和名人在一起, 希望借此使自己获得名气。
7 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。
8 rumors 2170bcd55c0e3844ecb4ef13fef29b01     
n.传闻( rumor的名词复数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷v.传闻( rumor的第三人称单数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷
  • Rumors have it that the school was burned down. 有谣言说学校给烧掉了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Rumors of a revolt were afloat. 叛变的谣言四起。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 battered NyezEM     
  • He drove up in a battered old car.他开着一辆又老又破的旧车。
  • The world was brutally battered but it survived.这个世界遭受了惨重的创伤,但它还是生存下来了。
10 auto ZOnyW     
  • Don't park your auto here.别把你的汽车停在这儿。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽车工业把许多人吸引到了底特律。
11 stabilizing 37789793f41246ac9b11622dadb461ab     
n.稳定化处理[退火]v.(使)稳定, (使)稳固( stabilize的现在分词 )
  • The disulfide bridges might then be viewed primarily as stabilizing components. 二硫桥可以被看作是初级的稳定因素。 来自辞典例句
  • These stabilizing design changes are usually not desirable for steady-state operation. 这些增加稳定性的设计改变通常不太符合稳态工作的要求。 来自辞典例句
12 Ford KiIxx     
  • They were guarding the bridge,so we forded the river.他们驻守在那座桥上,所以我们只能涉水过河。
  • If you decide to ford a stream,be extremely careful.如果已决定要涉过小溪,必须极度小心。
13 taxpayers 8fa061caeafce8edc9456e95d19c84b4     
纳税人,纳税的机构( taxpayer的名词复数 )
  • Finance for education comes from taxpayers. 教育经费来自纳税人。
  • She was declaiming against the waste of the taxpayers' money. 她慷慨陈词猛烈抨击对纳税人金钱的浪费。
14 plunge 228zO     
  • Test pool's water temperature before you plunge in.在你跳入之前你应该测试水温。
  • That would plunge them in the broil of the two countries.那将会使他们陷入这两国的争斗之中。
15 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。
16 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。
17 savaged 337d0bda5a4629deea7568b5d460285d     
(动物)凶狠地攻击(或伤害)( savage的过去式和过去分词 ); 残害; 猛烈批评; 激烈抨击
  • The horse threw its rider to the ground and savaged him. 那马将骑马者摔在地上,乱踢他。
  • The drink had savaged him. 酒使他变得野蛮。
18 makers 22a4efff03ac42c1785d09a48313d352     
  • The makers of the product assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality. 这一产品的制造商向我们保证说他们没有牺牲质量。
  • The makers are about to launch out a new product. 制造商们马上要生产一种新产品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 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。
20 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。
21 hackers dc5d6e5c0ffd6d1cd249286ced098382     
n.计算机迷( hacker的名词复数 );私自存取或篡改电脑资料者,电脑“黑客”
  • They think of viruses that infect an organization from the outside.They envision hackers breaking into their information vaults. 他们考虑来自外部的感染公司的病毒,他们设想黑客侵入到信息宝库中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Arranging a meeting with the hackers took weeks againoff-again email exchanges. 通过几星期电子邮件往来安排见面,他们最终同意了。 来自互联网
22 implicated 8443a53107b44913ed0a3f12cadfa423     
  • These groups are very strongly implicated in the violence. 这些组织与这起暴力事件有着极大的关联。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Having the stolen goods in his possession implicated him in the robbery. 因藏有赃物使他涉有偷盗的嫌疑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
23 embezzlement RqoxY     
  • He was accused of graft and embezzlement and was chained and thrown into prison.他因被指控贪污盗窃而锒铛入狱。
  • The judge sent him to prison for embezzlement of funds.法官因他盗用公款将其送入监牢。
24 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。
25 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
26 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
27 prosecutor 6RXx1     
  • The defender argued down the prosecutor at the court.辩护人在法庭上驳倒了起诉人。
  • The prosecutor would tear your testimony to pieces.检查官会把你的证言驳得体无完肤。
28 swirl cgcyu     
  • The car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust.汽车在一股粉红色尘土的漩涡中颠簸着快速前进。
  • You could lie up there,watching the flakes swirl past.你可以躺在那儿,看着雪花飘飘。
29 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
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