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NPR 2009-03-29

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The levees and protective sandbag barriers in Fargo, North Dakota have so far worked in holding back the waters of the Red River, which is some 20 feet above flood stage. The National Weather Service says the river seems to have crested1 at 41 feet, about two feet shy of the tops of the barriers and Fargo's Mayor Dennis Walaker says that's good news. "Every foot means so much to the Red River valley and the good news is that the river right now is relatively2 flat." Walaker says frigid3 temperatures in Fargo froze water that might otherwise have flowed into the swollen4 river. President Obama praised the volunteers, who pitched in to fill millions of sandbags." In the face of an incredible challenge, the people of these communities have rallied in support of one another. And their service isn't just inspirational. It's integral to our response." Mr. Obama speaking at his weekly radio and Internet address.

A huge winter storm barreling across the lower Midwest has caused blizzard5 conditions in some areas today and knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses. The storm is being blamed for at least three deaths. Frank Morris, from member station KCUR reports.

The storm blew across parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, laying down a thick coat of heavy, wet snow. Parts of Kansas got more than two feet. High winds cut visibility to just about zero and piled up six-foot tall drifts. Gusts6 also sent ice-caked trees crashing through power lines, cutting electricity to tens of thousands of people in Kansas and Oklahoma. Traffic wrecks7 claimed lives in both states. Troopers closed lots of major highways and searched by plane for stranded8 motorists. The governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius has declared a disaster emergency for most of the state. Destructive as the storm has been, many wheat farmers are glad for the precipitation, falling on thirsty young plants in abnormally dry fields. For NPR News, I'm Frank Morris in Kansas City. 

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai says his administration fully9 supports President Obama's new strategy for fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Kabul.

Karzai told reporters that he welcomes the increased American focus on Taliban and al-Qaeda sanctuaries10 in Pakistan. Those sanctuaries have soured relations between Afghanistan and Pakistani officials. He also says that the plan will help restore Afghan's faith in western efforts in their country. "It is exactly what the Afghan people were hoping for and were seeking. Therefore, it has our full support." The strategy also calls for sending forces to provinces in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan to fight the growing Taliban threat. Meanwhile, in the Southern province of Helmond, Afghan and coalition11 forces killed 12 militants12 Friday night during a raid of their compound. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News, Kabul.

This is NPR News from Washington.

A high-level court in Spain has reportedly taken steps toward launching a criminal investigation13 of former Attorney General Albert Gonzales and five other former Bush administration officials over whether they violated international law regarding treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention14 facility. The New York Times obtained a copy of the complaint which it says is based on the Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention against Torture. At issue are allegations that detainees were tortured or mistreated.

The Obama administration is making an effort to show the international community that it cares about the problem of climate change. NPR's Kitty Adam reports.

President Obama has said that he wants to cut global warming by 80% over the next 40 years. To that end, he's sending a representative to Germany to participate in talks on green house gas emissions15. US participation16 in these talks marks a significant departure from the environmental policies of the last administration. President Bush refused to sign on to international agreements to address climate change. He rejected the Kyoto Protocol17, for example, saying not enough developing countries participated in it. Representatives from the UN say world leaders are eager to hear what the US has to say. The talks are scheduled to begin on Sunday. Leaders are hoping to sign a formal agreement as a result in December. Kitty Adam, NPR News, Washington.

The space shuttle Discovery glided18 in for a perfect landing at the Kennedy Space Center this afternoon after mission managers waited an extra 90 minutes for the weather there to clear. Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew delivered the final set of solar panels to the International Space Station, bringing the orbiting outpost up to full power.


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1 crested aca774eb5cc925a956aec268641b354f     
adj.有顶饰的,有纹章的,有冠毛的v.到达山顶(或浪峰)( crest的过去式和过去分词 );到达洪峰,达到顶点
参考例句:
  • a great crested grebe 凤头䴙䴘
  • The stately mansion crested the hill. 庄严的大厦位于山顶。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
2 relatively bkqzS3     
adv.比较...地,相对地
参考例句:
  • The rabbit is a relatively recent introduction in Australia.兔子是相对较新引入澳大利亚的物种。
  • The operation was relatively painless.手术相对来说不痛。
3 frigid TfBzl     
adj.寒冷的,凛冽的;冷淡的;拘禁的
参考例句:
  • The water was too frigid to allow him to remain submerged for long.水冰冷彻骨,他在下面呆不了太长时间。
  • She returned his smile with a frigid glance.对他的微笑她报以冷冷的一瞥。
4 swollen DrcwL     
adj.肿大的,水涨的;v.使变大,肿胀
参考例句:
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
5 blizzard 0Rgyc     
n.暴风雪
参考例句:
  • The blizzard struck while we were still on the mountain.我们还在山上的时候暴风雪就袭来了。
  • You'll have to stay here until the blizzard blows itself off.你得等暴风雪停了再走。
6 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
7 wrecks 8d69da0aee97ed3f7157e10ff9dbd4ae     
n.沉船( wreck的名词复数 );(事故中)遭严重毁坏的汽车(或飞机等);(身体或精神上)受到严重损伤的人;状况非常糟糕的车辆(或建筑物等)v.毁坏[毁灭]某物( wreck的第三人称单数 );使(船舶)失事,使遇难,使下沉
参考例句:
  • The shores are strewn with wrecks. 海岸上满布失事船只的残骸。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • My next care was to get together the wrecks of my fortune. 第二件我所关心的事就是集聚破产后的余财。 来自辞典例句
8 stranded thfz18     
a.搁浅的,进退两难的
参考例句:
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
9 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
10 sanctuaries 532347c9fc39e40608545e03c6fe7eef     
n.避难所( sanctuary的名词复数 );庇护;圣所;庇护所
参考例句:
  • The designation of special marine reserves and marine sanctuaries shall be subject to the State Council for approval. 海洋特别保护区、海上自然保护区的确定,须经国务院批准。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • After 1965 he acquiesced when they established sanctuaries on that soil. 1965年以后,他默认了他们在那块土地上建立庇护所。 来自辞典例句
11 coalition pWlyi     
n.结合体,同盟,结合,联合
参考例句:
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
12 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
13 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • 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。
14 detention 1vhxk     
n.滞留,停留;拘留,扣留;(教育)留下
参考例句:
  • He was kept in detention by the police.他被警察扣留了。
  • He was in detention in connection with the bribery affair.他因与贿赂事件有牵连而被拘留了。
15 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
参考例句:
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
16 participation KS9zu     
n.参与,参加,分享
参考例句:
  • Some of the magic tricks called for audience participation.有些魔术要求有观众的参与。
  • The scheme aims to encourage increased participation in sporting activities.这个方案旨在鼓励大众更多地参与体育活动。
17 protocol nRQxG     
n.议定书,草约,会谈记录,外交礼节
参考例句:
  • We must observe the correct protocol.我们必须遵守应有的礼仪。
  • The statesmen signed a protocol.那些政治家签了议定书。
18 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑动( glide的过去式和过去分词 );掠过;(鸟或飞机 ) 滑翔
参考例句:
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 总统的车队一溜烟开了过去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他们沿着墙壁溜得无影无踪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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