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美联社新闻一分钟 2007-07-04

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1. President Bush is defending his decision to commute1 a 30-month prison sentence for Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He's leaving open the possibility of a pardon, but insists Libby is not getting off scot-free.

2. Another terrorism suspect has been arrested in connection with the foiled terror plots in the UK. The 27-year-old doctor was arrested in Australia with a one-way ticket. He is the eighth suspect held in the case.

3. Tuberculosis2 patient Andrew Speaker has a lesser3 form of the disease than originally diagnosed. Federal officials have announced that the man who caused an international health scare is responding to medications. That means he has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and not extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.

4. Some folks in Spain may be feeling more relaxed. Psychologists armed a team of thirty stressed-out people with mallet4s and hard hats and set them free inside a Madrid hotel. The goal? Let off some steam by trashing ten of the hotel's rooms as part of a refurbishment plan.


WORDS IN THE NEWS

1. commute: verb
to change the punishment given to a criminal to one that is less severe

2. scot-free:
completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty

3. stressed-out :
suffering from high levels of physical or especially psychological stress

4. mallet: N-COUNT
a hammer with a typically barrel-shaped head

5. let off stream:
to get rid of your anger, excitement, or energy in a way that does not harm anyone by doing something active

6. trash: transitive verb
to destroy something completely, either deliberately5 or by using it too much

7. refurbishment:
the decoration and repair of something such as a building or office in order to improve its appearance

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1 commute BXTyi     
vi.乘车上下班;vt.减(刑);折合;n.上下班交通
参考例句:
  • I spend much less time on my commute to work now.我现在工作的往返时间要节省好多。
  • Most office workers commute from the suburbs.很多公司的职员都是从郊外来上班的。
2 tuberculosis bprym     
n.结核病,肺结核
参考例句:
  • People used to go to special health spring to recover from tuberculosis.人们常去温泉疗养胜地治疗肺结核。
  • Tuberculosis is a curable disease.肺结核是一种可治愈的病。
3 lesser UpxzJL     
adj.次要的,较小的;adv.较小地,较少地
参考例句:
  • Kept some of the lesser players out.不让那些次要的球员参加联赛。
  • She has also been affected,but to a lesser degree.她也受到波及,但程度较轻。
4 mallet t7Mzz     
n.槌棒
参考例句:
  • He hit the peg mightily on the top with a mallet.他用木槌猛敲木栓顶。
  • The chairman rapped on the table twice with his mallet.主席用他的小木槌在桌上重敲了两下。
5 deliberately Gulzvq     
adv.审慎地;蓄意地;故意地
参考例句:
  • The girl gave the show away deliberately.女孩故意泄露秘密。
  • They deliberately shifted off the argument.他们故意回避这个论点。
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