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CNN 2009-04-12

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The American ship seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean this week has docked in Kenya without its captain. He is still being held hostage in a lifeboat now said to be some 20 miles from the coastline of Somalia. A military official says the pirates on the lifeboat shot at US sailors during an attempt to rescue him earlier today. The sailors did not return fire.

Earlier today I spoke1 with the vessel2 before she docked. I talked with first Mate Shane Murphy. What I expressed to Shane and to the crew was our sincere appreciation3 for their brilliant efforts and their bravery during this very difficult time. They've showed the professionalism of a true mariner4. We are proud of the whole crew. Also when we talked to Shane and the crew, we thanked them for their dedication5 and asked them how the crew was doing. And we got good reports back on the entire crew. One of the things they did ask is make sure we do everything we can to bring home their captain.

A California woman facing child murder charges. Melissa Huckaby is accused in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor. The victim's body was found in Huckaby's suitcase in an irrigation pond earlier this week. Police say they have no theory of motive6 in this case.

A tornado7 that hurt Murfreesboro, Tennessee, killed a mother and her baby, dozens of people injured, at least 250 homes damaged, or even destroyed. A same storm system is blamed for one death in South Carolina.

From Italy, signs of life under the wreckage8, five days after a strong earthquake. Rescuers are digging urgently but of course carefully. They think someone may be alive in the rubble9 of the building that pancaked in Monday's 6.3 quake. Search dogs picked up a strong human scent10. Nine people, one of them alive, have been pulled from the rubble in a very same pile of debris11. The earthquake death toll12 rose today to 291 people.

A UN response to North Korea's missile launch appears to be gaining some traction13. China now floating the idea of a presidential statement from the UN to condemn14 last weekend's launch. Now that response would not be as strong as a UN Security Resolution. Today, Japan appeared to be backing off its demand for resolution. The vote could come next week.

 float:[transitive] to suggest an idea or plan in order to see if people like it
We first floated the idea back in 1992.


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1 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
2 vessel 4L1zi     
n.船舶;容器,器皿;管,导管,血管
参考例句:
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.这艘船满载货物驶往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你应该把水装入容器中。
3 appreciation Pv9zs     
n.评价;欣赏;感谢;领会,理解;价格上涨
参考例句:
  • I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you all.我想对你们所有人表达我的感激和谢意。
  • I'll be sending them a donation in appreciation of their help.我将送给他们一笔捐款以感谢他们的帮助。
4 mariner 8Boxg     
n.水手号不载人航天探测器,海员,航海者
参考例句:
  • A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.平静的大海决不能造就熟练的水手。
  • A mariner must have his eye upon rocks and sands as well as upon the North Star.海员不仅要盯着北极星,还要注意暗礁和险滩。
5 dedication pxMx9     
n.奉献,献身,致力,题献,献辞
参考例句:
  • We admire her courage,compassion and dedication.我们钦佩她的勇气、爱心和奉献精神。
  • Her dedication to her work was admirable.她对工作的奉献精神可钦可佩。
6 motive GFzxz     
n.动机,目的;adv.发动的,运动的
参考例句:
  • The police could not find a motive for the murder.警察不能找到谋杀的动机。
  • He had some motive in telling this fable.他讲这寓言故事是有用意的。
7 tornado inowl     
n.飓风,龙卷风
参考例句:
  • A tornado whirled into the town last week.龙卷风上周袭击了这座城市。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
8 wreckage nMhzF     
n.(失事飞机等的)残骸,破坏,毁坏
参考例句:
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
9 rubble 8XjxP     
n.(一堆)碎石,瓦砾
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
10 scent WThzs     
n.气味,香味,香水,线索,嗅觉;v.嗅,发觉
参考例句:
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
11 debris debris     
n.瓦砾堆,废墟,碎片
参考例句:
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
12 toll LJpzo     
n.过路(桥)费;损失,伤亡人数;v.敲(钟)
参考例句:
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
13 traction kJXz3     
n.牵引;附着摩擦力
参考例句:
  • I'll show you how the traction is applied.我会让你看如何做这种牵引。
  • She's injured her back and is in traction for a month.她背部受伤,正在作一个月的牵引治疗。
14 condemn zpxzp     
vt.谴责,指责;宣判(罪犯),判刑
参考例句:
  • Some praise him,whereas others condemn him.有些人赞扬他,而有些人谴责他。
  • We mustn't condemn him on mere suppositions.我们不可全凭臆测来指责他。
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