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美联社新闻一分钟 2006-06-14

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1. President Bush told Iraqis today that their future is up to them. On a surprise visit to Baghdad, he met with Iraq's new prime minister. Bush said he was impressed by the prime minister's cabinet.

2. Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall today southeast of Tallahassee, Florida. After two days of rain, many Florida's streets are flooded and some residences are without power.

3. Congressman1 Patrick Kennedy pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of prescription2 drugs. He was sentenced to court-ordered drug treatment and a year of probation3 today in Washington. Kennedy says he looks forward to moving on with his life.

4. Nike will honor Tiger Woods's late father with a special Father's Day national commercial. The tribute features a childhood slide show of Tiger with his dad. Tiger said he hopes the commercial will help people recognize and appreciate fathers everywhere.

WORDS IN THE NEWS

1. up to : prep-phrase
If you say that it is up to someone to do something, you mean that it is their responsibility to do it.
e.g. It was up to him to make it right, no matter how long it took.

2. landfall : n-var
Landfall is the act of arriving somewhere after a journey at sea, or the land that you arrive at.
e.g. By the time we had made landfall the boat looked ten years older!

3. Driving Under the Influence : (DUI) legal term
Driving under the influence, drunk driving, or drink-driving, is the act of operating a motor vehicle (and sometimes a bicycle or similar human-powered vehicle) after having consumed alcohol (ethanol) or other drugs, to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired4. In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of other drugs, a third "DUI" offense5 consists of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and other drugs. The drugs causing or contributing to the impairment need not be illegal, but can consist of lawfully6 prescribed or over-the-counter medication. Anti-drunk-driving advertising7 campaigns have aimed to raise awareness8 of the legal situation and the dangers of driving while intoxicated9. Drunk-driving is responsible for a very large number of deaths, injuries, damage and accidents every year.

4. prescription drug ---处方药
A prescription drug (or POM Prescription Only Medicine, in UK) is a licensed10 medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. The term is used to distinguish it from over the counter(OTC---非处方药)drugs which can be obtained without a prescription. Different jurisdictions11 have different definitions of what constitutes a prescription drug. As a general rule, over the counter drugs are used to treat conditions not necessarily requiring a doctor's care and will have been proven to meet higher safety standards for self-medication by patients. Often a lower dosage of a drug will be approved for OTC use, while higher dosages will remain the province of a doctor's prescription; a notable case is ibuprofen, which has been widely available as an OTC pain killer12 since the mid-1980s but is still available in doses up to four times the OTC dose for use in cases of severe orthopedic pain.

5. court order : n-count
An order issued by a court that requires a person to do or refrain from doing something.
e.g. She has decided13 not to appeal against a court order banning her from keeping animals.

6. probation : n-uncount
Probation is a period of time during which a person who has committed a crime has to obey the law and be supervised by a probation officer, rather than being sent to prison.
e.g. The thief was put on probation for two years.

7. late : adj
You use late when you are talking about someone who is dead, especially someone who has died recently.
e.g. the late Mr. Parkin.

8. commercial : n-count
A commercial is an advertisement that is broadcast on television or radio.

9. tribute : n-var
A tribute is something that you say, do, or make to show your admiration14 and respect for someone.
e.g. The song is a tribute to Roy Orbison.

10. feature : verb
When something such as a film or exhibition features a particular person or thing, they are an important part of it.
e.g. This spectacular event, now in its 5th year, features a stunning15 catwalk show.
= include

11. slide show
A collection of images from a digital camera arranged in sequence for presenting to an audience. Photo editors generally provide a self-contained slide show that can be burned onto a CD-R disc along with the viewer and sent to friends and family.


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1 Congressman TvMzt7     
n.(美)国会议员
参考例句:
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics.这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
2 prescription u1vzA     
n.处方,开药;指示,规定
参考例句:
  • The physician made a prescription against sea- sickness for him.医生给他开了个治晕船的药方。
  • The drug is available on prescription only.这种药只能凭处方购买。
3 probation 41zzM     
n.缓刑(期),(以观后效的)察看;试用(期)
参考例句:
  • The judge did not jail the young man,but put him on probation for a year.法官没有把那个年轻人关进监狱,而且将他缓刑察看一年。
  • His salary was raised by 800 yuan after his probation.试用期满以后,他的工资增加了800元。
4 impaired sqtzdr     
adj.受损的;出毛病的;有(身体或智力)缺陷的v.损害,削弱( impair的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Much reading has impaired his vision. 大量读书损害了他的视力。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • His hearing is somewhat impaired. 他的听觉已受到一定程度的损害。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 offense HIvxd     
n.犯规,违法行为;冒犯,得罪
参考例句:
  • I hope you will not take any offense at my words. 对我讲的话请别见怪。
  • His words gave great offense to everybody present.他的发言冲犯了在场的所有人。
6 lawfully hpYzCv     
adv.守法地,合法地;合理地
参考例句:
  • Lawfully established contracts shall be protected by law. 依法成立的合同应受法律保护。 来自口语例句
  • As my lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health, till death parts us. 当成是我的合法丈夫,无论疾病灾难,直到死亡把我们分开。 来自电影对白
7 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
参考例句:
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
8 awareness 4yWzdW     
n.意识,觉悟,懂事,明智
参考例句:
  • There is a general awareness that smoking is harmful.人们普遍认识到吸烟有害健康。
  • Environmental awareness has increased over the years.这些年来人们的环境意识增强了。
9 intoxicated 350bfb35af86e3867ed55bb2af85135f     
喝醉的,极其兴奋的
参考例句:
  • She was intoxicated with success. 她为成功所陶醉。
  • They became deeply intoxicated and totally disoriented. 他们酩酊大醉,东南西北全然不辨。
10 licensed ipMzNI     
adj.得到许可的v.许可,颁发执照(license的过去式和过去分词)
参考例句:
  • The new drug has not yet been licensed in the US. 这种新药尚未在美国获得许可。
  • Is that gun licensed? 那支枪有持枪执照吗?
11 jurisdictions 56c6bce4efb3de7be8c795d15d592c2c     
司法权( jurisdiction的名词复数 ); 裁判权; 管辖区域; 管辖范围
参考例句:
  • Butler entreated him to remember the act abolishing the heritable jurisdictions. 巴特勒提醒他注意废除世袭审判权的国会法令。
  • James I personally adjudicated between the two jurisdictions. 詹姆士一世亲自裁定双方纠纷。
12 killer rpLziK     
n.杀人者,杀人犯,杀手,屠杀者
参考例句:
  • Heart attacks have become Britain's No.1 killer disease.心脏病已成为英国的头号致命疾病。
  • The bulk of the evidence points to him as her killer.大量证据证明是他杀死她的。
13 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。
14 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
15 stunning NhGzDh     
adj.极好的;使人晕倒的
参考例句:
  • His plays are distinguished only by their stunning mediocrity.他的戏剧与众不同之处就是平凡得出奇。
  • The finished effect was absolutely stunning.完工后的效果非常美。
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