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NPR 2009-09-05

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A NATO airstrike in northern Afghanistan has killed or wounded at least 90 people, most of them believed to be Taliban fighters. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has more from Kabul.

 NATO says its aircraft targeted two fuel tankers2 that Taliban fighters had hijacked3 overnight in the northern province of Kunduz. Afghan officials say the tankers were carrying fuel for NATO forces. They were hijacked on a main highway to Kabul. A senior Taliban commander and four Chechen fighters were believed killed, so were an unknown number of civilians5 who were helping6 the militants7 unload the fuel when the tankers became stuck in a riverbed. President Hamid Karzai's office said it’s sent a team of police officers and intelligence agents to the scene to investigate. The president expressed concern over the prospect8 of NATO having killed Afghan civilians. NATO says it is also investigating what happened although it believes no civilians were in the area at the time of the airstrike. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News, Kabul.

 According to a spokesman of the US Embassy in Afghanistan, eight security guards there have now been fired as a result of allegations of lewd9 behavior and sexual misconduct while two others have resigned. Embassy spokesman also said the private contractor10 to providing the guards for the State Department has been replaced. The guards all of whom are reportedly to have now left the country appeared in photographs showing them and supervisors11 drinking alcohol and in various stages of nudity. Nearly a thousand US diplomats12, staff and Afghan nationals work at the embassy facility there.

 The Obama administration sees some encouraging signs in today's jobless report though the nation's unemployment rate jumped to its highest level in more than a quarter century. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

 Job losses in the US have been slowing. The 216,000 jobs that disappeared in August represent the smallest drop in the last year, a slightly better figure than economists13 have been expecting. Vice14 President Joe Biden notes the country was shedding three times that many jobs earlier this year. But even though the economy is less bad than it was, Biden says, it's still not good enough. "We’re not gonna be satisfied until we start adding, not losing thousands of jobs per month."

Administration officials say the government's economic stimulus15 plan has helped to cushion job losses. But economists warn the unemployment rate is likely to keep climbing, possibly into next year. Scott Horsley, NPR News, the White House.

 Senate lawmakers are working to hammer out a health care initiative held what has been described as a productive discussion today with further talks slated16 for next week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said that the six Senators who held a telephone conference today will meet again on Tuesday to try to determine how to best pass a health care overhaul17 plan. Congress will soon return from its summer recess18 next week. President Obama has scheduled a joint19 session of Congress to talk about what he would like to see in a health care measure for Wednesday.

 On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 96 points to close at 9,441. The NASDAQ was up 35 points today.

 This is NPR.

 The space shuttle Discovery astronauts along with those aboard the International Space Station dodged20 something of a space bullet today. NASA officials say the astronauts were still sleeping when a 15-foot section of an old rocket whizzed by the space station and the docked shuttle, passing within a mile of the astronauts. NASA says it has been monitoring the trajectory21 of the piece of space junk and decided22 to determine no action was necessary to move the space station or the shuttle out of the way. The astronauts last night carried out a spacewalk to install a new cooling tank on the space station.

 Firefighters near Los Angeles held a private memorial service today for two of their colleagues who died earlier this week while fighting a huge wildfire that continues burning. Steve Julian of member station KPCC has more.

 Hundreds of weary firefighters stood in a group holding their caps and helmets in their hands in remembering Ted1 Hall and Arnie Quinones, whose truck went over a cliff Sunday afternoon. Some wore black bands on their arms, others around their badges. A public memorial will be held for the two firefighters at Dodger23 stadium a week from tomorrow. The station fire grew by only 900 acres overnight, the slowest rate of growth all week, thanks to higher humidity and temperatures in the 60s. With more than 148,000 acres burned, only six homes remain under mandatory24 evacuation. They’re on the western flank in Corral Canyon25. Another fire broke out early this morning along the Orange-Riverside county line in the Cleveland National Forest. It's under 50 acres, but a female firefighter's being treated for a broken leg. For NPR News, I'm Steve Julian in Los Angeles.

 Crude oil futures26 were up slightly on the final trading day ahead of the Labor27 Day weekend. The near-month contract for benchmark crude rose six cents a barrel to settle at $68.02 a barrel in New York.

 I'm Jack4 Speer, NPR News in Washington.


1 ted 9gazhs     
  • The invaders gut ted the village.侵略者把村中财物洗劫一空。
  • She often teds the corn when it's sunny.天好的时候她就翻晒玉米。
2 tankers f6c16f554e37ea81859ae031ca991f5d     
运送大量液体或气体的轮船[卡车]( tanker的名词复数 ); 油轮; 罐车; 油槽车
  • They should stop offloading waste from oil tankers into the sea. 他们应当停止从油轮上往海里倾倒废弃物。
  • The harbour admits large tankers and freighters. 这个港口容得下巨型油船和货轮。
3 hijacked 54f3e68c506e45e75f9a155a27738c2f     
劫持( hijack的过去式和过去分词 ); 绑架; 拦路抢劫; 操纵(会议等,以推销自己的意图)
  • The plane was hijacked by two armed men on a flight from London to Rome. 飞机在从伦敦飞往罗马途中遭到两名持械男子劫持。
  • The plane was hijacked soon after it took off. 那架飞机起飞后不久被劫持了。
4 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。
5 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
6 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
7 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • 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。
8 prospect P01zn     
  • This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事态呈现出可喜的前景。
  • The prospect became more evident.前景变得更加明朗了。
9 lewd c9wzS     
  • Drew spends all day eyeing up the women and making lewd comments.德鲁整天就盯着女人看,说些下流话。
  • I'm not that mean,despicable,cowardly,lewd creature that horrible little man sees. 我可不是那个令人恶心的小人所见到的下流、可耻、懦弱、淫秽的家伙。
10 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。
11 supervisors 80530f394132f10fbf245e5fb15e2667     
n.监督者,管理者( supervisor的名词复数 )
  • I think the best technical people make the best supervisors. 我认为最好的技术人员可以成为最好的管理人员。 来自辞典例句
  • Even the foremen or first-level supervisors have a staffing responsibility. 甚至领班或第一线的监督人员也有任用的责任。 来自辞典例句
12 diplomats ccde388e31f0f3bd6f4704d76a1c3319     
n.外交官( diplomat的名词复数 );有手腕的人,善于交际的人
  • 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》
13 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》
14 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
15 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
16 slated 87d23790934cf766dc7204830faf2859     
用石板瓦盖( slate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Yuki is working up an in-home phonics program slated for Thursdays, and I'm drilling her on English conversation at dinnertime. Yuki每周四还有一次家庭语音课。我在晚餐时训练她的英语口语。
  • Bromfield was slated to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 布罗姆菲尔德被提名为美国农业部长。
17 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
18 recess pAxzC     
  • The chairman of the meeting announced a ten-minute recess.会议主席宣布休会10分钟。
  • Parliament was hastily recalled from recess.休会的议员被匆匆召回开会。
19 joint m3lx4     
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
20 dodged ae7efa6756c9d8f3b24f8e00db5e28ee     
v.闪躲( dodge的过去式和过去分词 );回避
  • He dodged cleverly when she threw her sabot at him. 她用木底鞋砸向他时,他机敏地闪开了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He dodged the book that I threw at him. 他躲开了我扔向他的书。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 trajectory fJ1z1     
  • It is not difficult to sketch the subsequent trajectory.很容易描绘出它们最终的轨迹。
  • The path followed by a projectile is called its trajectory.抛物体所循的路径称为它的轨道。
22 decided lvqzZd     
  • 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。
23 dodger Ku9z0c     
  • They are tax dodgers who hide their interest earnings.他们是隐瞒利息收入的逃税者。
  • Make sure she pays her share she's a bit of a dodger.她自己的一份一定要她付清--她可是有点能赖就赖。
24 mandatory BjTyz     
  • It's mandatory to pay taxes.缴税是义务性的。
  • There is no mandatory paid annual leave in the U.S.美国没有强制带薪年假。
25 canyon 4TYya     
  • The Grand Canyon in the USA is 1900 metres deep.美国的大峡谷1900米深。
  • The canyon is famous for producing echoes.这个峡谷以回声而闻名。
26 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。
27 labor P9Tzs     
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
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