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NPR 2009-08-25

时间:2009-09-10 07:11来源:互联网 提供网友:1029691997   字体: [ ]

President Obama has approved the creation of a special interrogation task force that would be dedicated1 to gathering2 intelligence from so-called high-value detainees suspected of terrorist activities. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.

 The new elite3 unit would be led by the FBI and would include interrogators from the FBI, CIA and Department of Defense4. While the FBI would run the unit, the White House’s National Security Council would oversee5 it. There had been some talk of having the Deputy Attorney General supervise the group, but the White House apparently6 wanted to be more hands-on. The unit will be required to follow the guidelines set out in the Army Field Manual, but that will only be the starting point. The unit will also take a look at other strategies that might be effective in the interrogation room. Experts say that the field manual is woefully out of date and doesn’t take into account the research into human behavior that has been done in the last several decades. Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News.

 Attorney General Eric Holder7 also announced today he's picking 才 John Durham to investigate the alleged8 CIA mistreatment of terror suspects.

 The Associated Press, citing law enforcement officials, has ruled entertainer Michael Jackson’s death a homicide. That report, comes on the same day into the released search warrant affidavit9, says Jackson had lethal10 levels of a powerful anesthetic11 drug in his system at the time of his death. The document, which allowed officials of the LA coroner’s office to raid the Houston offices and a storage facility of Jackson’s doctor last month, showed the singer had the drug propofol in his body.

 Car dealers13 will be given a little more time under the "Cash for Clunkers" program. They had to submit their applications for rebates14 by 8:00 p.m. tonight, although the Department of Transportation has now extended that deadline to noon tomorrow. NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports.

 The computers are down. That’s what dealers have been reporting to their trade association in DC. John McEleney is the group’s current chair. He’s also a dealer12 in Clinton, Iowa. He says they‘'ve sold about 145 new cars in the "Cash for Clunkers" program. But he says they’re having trouble submitting all of their applications. "Since about 11 o’clock this morning, we've tried to access it about every two minutes unsuccessfully. So it may be running but it’s overwhelmed. And it’s preventing dealers from, at least in many cases, being able to get in and submit their applications." The Department of Transportation is now giving dealers until noon Tuesday to file applications. The deadline for sales under the "Cash for Clunkers" program is still 8:00 p.m. tonight. Elizabeth Blair, NPR News.

Irish drug maker15 Warner Chilcott has agreed to buy Procter & Gamble’s pharmaceutical16 business for just over three billion dollars. With the move, Chilcott is expected to be able to more than triple its revenues and significantly expand its product line.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up three points to end the session at 9,509. The NASDAQ lost two points. The S&P 500 was off a fraction today.

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An Iraqi official says bombs attached to two minibuses exploded southeast of Baghdad today, killing17 at least 20 people and wounding at least ten more. The official says the bombings occurred in the Shiite city of Kut with the first bomb exploding around 1:00 p.m. and the second bomb going off a short time later. The bombings are the latest in a series of attacks in Iraq that have claimed the lives of hundreds of people in recent weeks. It comes as US forces have been turning over much of the day-to-day security operations in Iraq to Iraqis.

Forest fires that have burned thousands of acres East of Athens could turn into a political crisis for the Greek government. As John Psaropoulos reports, the already weak ruling Conservatives now face criticism for their handling of the fires, especially one that destroyed dozens of homes.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visited the Fire Service’s operational center three times over the weekend, but his statements were limited to thanking firefighters. Thousands of acres of pine forests were burned over three days. Homes and farms were lost miraculously18 without loss of human life. This marks the second time in these many years that this government has confronted an ecological19 catastrophe20 within sight of Athens. A massive fire burned the capital’s only fir forest in 2007. Now as then, the Fire Service is being accused by mayors in the stricken areas for being slow to avert21 disaster. The fire began close to a landfill site the government imposed on the reluctant local community. For NPR News, I'm John Psaropoulos in Athens.

Crude oil futures22 prices ended the session higher today. Crude oil futures rose 48 cents a barrel to end the session at $74.37 a barrel on New York Mercantile Exchange.


1 dedicated duHzy2     
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
2 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
3 elite CqzxN     
  • The power elite inside the government is controlling foreign policy.政府内部的一群握有实权的精英控制着对外政策。
  • We have a political elite in this country.我们国家有一群政治精英。
4 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。
5 oversee zKMxr     
  • Soldiers oversee the food handouts.士兵们看管着救济食品。
  • Use a surveyor or architect to oversee and inspect the different stages of the work.请一位房产检视员或建筑师来监督并检查不同阶段的工作。
6 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。
7 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
8 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
9 affidavit 4xWzh     
  • I gave an affidavit to the judge about the accident I witnessed.我向法官提交了一份关于我目击的事故的证词。
  • The affidavit was formally read to the court.书面证词正式向出席法庭的人宣读了。
10 lethal D3LyB     
  • A hammer can be a lethal weapon.铁锤可以是致命的武器。
  • She took a lethal amount of poison and died.她服了致命剂量的毒药死了。
11 anesthetic 8wHz9     
  • He was given a general anesthetic.他被全身麻醉。
  • He was still under the influence of the anesthetic.他仍处在麻醉状态。
12 dealer GyNxT     
  • The dealer spent hours bargaining for the painting.那个商人为购买那幅画花了几个小时讨价还价。
  • The dealer reduced the price for cash down.这家商店对付现金的人减价优惠。
13 dealers 95e592fc0f5dffc9b9616efd02201373     
n.商人( dealer的名词复数 );贩毒者;毒品贩子;发牌者
  • There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. 私人收藏家和交易商急速竞相喊价。
  • The police were corrupt and were operating in collusion with the drug dealers. 警察腐败,与那伙毒品贩子内外勾结。
14 rebates 5862cab7436152bb9726585397fb1db9     
n.退还款( rebate的名词复数 );回扣;返还(退还的部份货价);折扣
  • The VAT system offers advantages, such as rebates on exports. 增值税有其优点,如对出口商品实行回扣。 来自辞典例句
  • In more recent years rate rebates have been introduced for households. 近年地方税的减免已适用于家庭。 来自辞典例句
15 maker DALxN     
  • He is a trouble maker,You must be distant with him.他是个捣蛋鬼,你不要跟他在一起。
  • A cabinet maker must be a master craftsman.家具木工必须是技艺高超的手艺人。
16 pharmaceutical f30zR     
  • She has donated money to establish a pharmaceutical laboratory.她捐款成立了一个药剂实验室。
  • We are engaged in a legal tussle with a large pharmaceutical company.我们正同一家大制药公司闹法律纠纷。
17 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。
18 miraculously unQzzE     
  • He had been miraculously saved from almost certain death. 他奇迹般地从死亡线上获救。
  • A schoolboy miraculously survived a 25 000-volt electric shock. 一名男学生在遭受2.5 万伏的电击后奇迹般地活了下来。
19 ecological IrRxX     
  • The region has been declared an ecological disaster zone.这个地区已经宣布为生态灾难区。
  • Each animal has its ecological niche.每种动物都有自己的生态位.
20 catastrophe WXHzr     
  • I owe it to you that I survived the catastrophe.亏得你我才大难不死。
  • This is a catastrophe beyond human control.这是一场人类无法控制的灾难。
21 avert 7u4zj     
  • He managed to avert suspicion.他设法避嫌。
  • I would do what I could to avert it.我会尽力去避免发生这种情况。
22 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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