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NPR 2009-07-04

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will resign on July 26th and will not seek re-election next year. As last year's Republican vice-Presidential candidate, Palin's move is seen as a potential first step toward a bid for the White House in 2012. NPR's Ken1 Rudin reports.

The decision to opt2 out of a second term was not a surprise. Her approval numbers in Alaska have been falling since last year's campaign and she's been feuding3 with legislators from both parties over the budget. She has also been in many controversies4 away from home. Battling with talk show host David Letterman, giving mixed signals about attending a GOP fund-raising dinner in Washington and being blamed by some unnamed John McCain's staffers for the party's defeat last year. But few expected her decision to resign. On the one hand, it could give her more time to prepare for a 2012 presidential run. Polls show her popularity among Republicans still very high, or it could signal that she's had enough of the attacks and the ridicules5 she and her family have endured since she was named to the ticket in 2008. Ken Rudin, NPR News, Washington.

On the second day of a major offensive in Afghanistan, US marines have fanned out across the southern Helmand province and are setting up forward operating bases. It's part of the Obama administration's new Afghan strategy which includes cutting off supplies to Taliban insurgents6, weakening their hold on the province and rebuilding local governments.

The head of the Organization of American States has arrived in Honduras to push an interim7 government there to step aside and reinstate President Manuel Zelaya who was overthrown8 Sunday. NPR's Juan Forero reports from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza has said he talked to the Supreme9 Court and the church, but not interim President Roberto Micheletti. The OAS recognizes Manuel Zelaya as President. Insulza says the OAS will suspend Honduras if Micheletti doesn't bring Zelaya back by Saturday. Zelaya is a former cattle rancher who aligned10 with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Alarming some Hondurans, he tried to carry out a referendum that critics charged would have led to a new constitution. Micheletti says Zelaya violated the law and wanted to extend his rule. Many diplomats11 here disagreed with that interpretation12, but the interim government is defiant13 and so is Zelaya. He says he will return this weekend to regain14 his presidency15. Juan Forero, NPR News, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Los Angeles, California is asking for a financial help after the family of the late pop star Michael Jackson announced today a public memorial service will be held at L.A.'s Staples16 Center Tuesday. The city, like the state, is in financial trouble and council members say L.A. doesn't have the money to pay police's overtime17 and for all the other expenses including sanitation18 and staging. A call has gone out for donations. This is NPR News.

German prosecutors19 say accused Nazi20 concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk is fit to go on trial. The 89-year-old former autoworker was deported21 from Ohio in May. His family says he is too ill and frail22 to withstand a trial. But a team of doctors disagrees.

Top executives at General Motors could be facing a holiday weekend filled with anxieties as they wait for a federal judge to rule on its bankruptcy23 plan. Michigan Radio's Vincent Duffy has details.

Judge Robert Gerber adjourned24 a three-day bankruptcy hearing before the holiday weekend without indicating when he will rule on GM's plan to sell its good assets to a new company owned mostly by the US government. Gerber asked GM's attorneys to submit in writing how they would like things settled if the sale was approved. The attorneys say they will do that by tonight or tomorrow. The judge is expected to rule some time after that. GM's lawyers say the only alternative to the automaker's plan would be a liquidation25 of the company's assets. They warned that would have horrific consequences for everyone involved. The Obama administration has set a July 10th deadline for the sales to be approved or it will cut off funding to the automaker. Hundreds of parties including bond holders26, unions, state officials, consumer groups and individuals have filed objections to the sale, threatening to hold up the process. For NPR News, I'm Vincent Duffy in Ann Arbor27, Michigan.

The coach with the most NBA championships has decided28 to try to extend his winning streak29. Phil Jackson says he will return to coach the L.A. Lakers next season. On his website, the nearly 64-year-old hall of famer said he consulted the team of doctors before making the final decision. Jackson won his tenth NBA title and guided the Lakers to their 15th last month.


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1 ken k3WxV     
n.视野,知识领域
参考例句:
  • Such things are beyond my ken.我可不懂这些事。
  • Abstract words are beyond the ken of children.抽象的言辞超出小孩所理解的范围.
2 opt a4Szv     
vi.选择,决定做某事
参考例句:
  • They opt for more holiday instead of more pay.他们选择了延长假期而不是增加工资。
  • Will individual schools be given the right to opt out of the local school authority?各个学校可能有权选择退出地方教育局吗?
3 feuding eafa661dffa44863a7478178ec28b5c1     
vi.长期不和(feud的现在分词形式)
参考例句:
  • Riccardo and Cafiero had been feuding so openly that the whole town knew about it. 里卡多和卡菲埃罗一直公开地闹别扭,全城的人都知道此事。 来自辞典例句
  • The two families have been feuding with each other for many generations. 这两个家族有好多代的世仇了。 来自互联网
4 controversies 31fd3392f2183396a23567b5207d930c     
争论
参考例句:
  • We offer no comment on these controversies here. 对于这些争议,我们在这里不作任何评论。 来自英汉非文学 - 历史
  • The controversies surrounding population growth are unlikely to subside soon. 围绕着人口增长问题的争论看来不会很快平息。 来自辞典例句
5 ridicules c2514de4b94e254758b70aaf0e36ed54     
n.嘲笑( ridicule的名词复数 );奚落;嘲弄;戏弄v.嘲笑,嘲弄,奚落( ridicule的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
6 insurgents c68be457307815b039a352428718de59     
n.起义,暴动,造反( insurgent的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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
7 interim z5wxB     
adj.暂时的,临时的;n.间歇,过渡期间
参考例句:
  • The government is taking interim measures to help those in immediate need.政府正在采取临时措施帮助那些有立即需要的人。
  • It may turn out to be an interim technology.这可能只是个过渡技术。
8 overthrown 1e19c245f384e53a42f4faa000742c18     
adj. 打翻的,推倒的,倾覆的 动词overthrow的过去分词
参考例句:
  • The president was overthrown in a military coup. 总统在军事政变中被赶下台。
  • He has overthrown the basic standards of morality. 他已摒弃了基本的道德标准。
9 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
10 aligned 165f93b99f87c219277d70d866425da6     
adj.对齐的,均衡的
参考例句:
  • Make sure the shelf is aligned with the top of the cupboard.务必使搁架与橱柜顶端对齐。
11 diplomats ccde388e31f0f3bd6f4704d76a1c3319     
n.外交官( diplomat的名词复数 );有手腕的人,善于交际的人
参考例句:
  • These events led to the expulsion of senior diplomats from the country. 这些事件导致一些高级外交官被驱逐出境。
  • The court has no jurisdiction over foreign diplomats living in this country. 法院对驻本国的外交官无裁判权。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 interpretation P5jxQ     
n.解释,说明,描述;艺术处理
参考例句:
  • His statement admits of one interpretation only.他的话只有一种解释。
  • Analysis and interpretation is a very personal thing.分析与说明是个很主观的事情。
13 defiant 6muzw     
adj.无礼的,挑战的
参考例句:
  • With a last defiant gesture,they sang a revolutionary song as they were led away to prison.他们被带走投入监狱时,仍以最后的反抗姿态唱起了一支革命歌曲。
  • He assumed a defiant attitude toward his employer.他对雇主采取挑衅的态度。
14 regain YkYzPd     
vt.重新获得,收复,恢复
参考例句:
  • He is making a bid to regain his World No.1 ranking.他正为重登世界排名第一位而努力。
  • The government is desperate to regain credibility with the public.政府急于重新获取公众的信任。
15 presidency J1HzD     
n.总统(校长,总经理)的职位(任期)
参考例句:
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
16 staples a4d18fc84a927940d1294e253001ce3d     
n.(某国的)主要产品( staple的名词复数 );钉书钉;U 形钉;主要部份v.用钉书钉钉住( staple的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • The anvil onto which the staples are pressed was not assemble correctly. 订书机上的铁砧安装错位。 来自辞典例句
  • I'm trying to make an analysis of the staples of his talk. 我在试行分析他的谈话的要旨。 来自辞典例句
17 overtime aKqxn     
adj.超时的,加班的;adv.加班地
参考例句:
  • They are working overtime to finish the work.为了完成任务他们正在加班加点地工作。
  • He was paid for the overtime he worked.他领到了加班费。
18 sanitation GYgxE     
n.公共卫生,环境卫生,卫生设备
参考例句:
  • The location is exceptionally poor,viewed from the sanitation point.从卫生角度来看,这个地段非常糟糕。
  • Many illnesses are the result,f inadequate sanitation.许多疾病都来源于不健全的卫生设施。
19 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
参考例句:
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
20 Nazi BjXyF     
n.纳粹分子,adj.纳粹党的,纳粹的
参考例句:
  • They declare the Nazi regime overthrown and sue for peace.他们宣布纳粹政权已被推翻,并出面求和。
  • Nazi closes those war criminals inside their concentration camp.纳粹把那些战犯关在他们的集中营里。
21 deported 97686e795f0449007421091b03c3297e     
v.将…驱逐出境( deport的过去式和过去分词 );举止
参考例句:
  • They stripped me of my citizenship and deported me. 他们剥夺我的公民资格,将我驱逐出境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The convicts were deported to a deserted island. 罪犯们被流放到一个荒岛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 frail yz3yD     
adj.身体虚弱的;易损坏的
参考例句:
  • Mrs. Warner is already 96 and too frail to live by herself.华纳太太已经九十六岁了,身体虚弱,不便独居。
  • She lay in bed looking particularly frail.她躺在床上,看上去特别虚弱。
23 bankruptcy fPoyJ     
n.破产;无偿付能力
参考例句:
  • You will have to pull in if you want to escape bankruptcy.如果你想避免破产,就必须节省开支。
  • His firm is just on thin ice of bankruptcy.他的商号正面临破产的危险。
24 adjourned 1e5a5e61da11d317191a820abad1664d     
(使)休会, (使)休庭( adjourn的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The court adjourned for lunch. 午餐时间法庭休庭。
  • The trial was adjourned following the presentation of new evidence to the court. 新证据呈到庭上后,审讯就宣告暂停。
25 liquidation E0bxf     
n.清算,停止营业
参考例句:
  • 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。
26 holders 79c0e3bbb1170e3018817c5f45ebf33f     
支持物( holder的名词复数 ); 持有者; (支票等)持有人; 支托(或握持)…之物
参考例句:
  • Slaves were mercilessly ground down by slave holders. 奴隶受奴隶主的残酷压迫。
  • It is recognition of compassion's part that leads the up-holders of capital punishment to accuse the abolitionists of sentimentality in being more sorry for the murderer than for his victim. 正是对怜悯的作用有了认识,才使得死刑的提倡者指控主张废除死刑的人感情用事,同情谋杀犯胜过同情受害者。
27 arbor fyIzz0     
n.凉亭;树木
参考例句:
  • They sat in the arbor and chatted over tea.他们坐在凉亭里,边喝茶边聊天。
  • You may have heard of Arbor Day at school.你可能在学校里听过植树节。
28 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
29 streak UGgzL     
n.条理,斑纹,倾向,少许,痕迹;v.加条纹,变成条纹,奔驰,快速移动
参考例句:
  • The Indians used to streak their faces with paint.印第安人过去常用颜料在脸上涂条纹。
  • Why did you streak the tree?你为什么在树上刻条纹?
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