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NPR 2010-11-23

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More than 300 people are dead in a stampede at a water festival in Cambodia. The prime minister says hundreds more are injured. Thousands of people had gathered for the three-day river festival in Phnom Penh. One bystander said several people passed out in the crowd, causing panic that started the stampede. And as the panic grew, the crowd tried to flee over a bridge. Many fell into the water.
A jury has found a Salvadoran immigrant guilty of murdering Capitol Hill intern1 Chandra Levy2 in 2001. As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, Levy's disappearance3 made national headlines after she was romantically linked to then-Congressman Gary Condit.
Condit was once a suspect in the case, but last year prosecutors4 charged Ingmar Guandique with the murder, alleging5 he attempted to rob Levy as she jogged in a park. The jury has convicted him on two counts of first-degree murder despite no DNA6 evidence and no eyewitness7. Two women testified that they were attacked by Guandique around the same time, and a former cellmate said Guandique had confessed to the killing8. Defense9 attorneys contend the investigation10 was mishandled and their client is a scapegoat11. Guandique could face 30 years to life in prison. Jennifer Ludden, NPR News, Washington.
Less than a day after agreeing to accept a massive bailout, Ireland's government is in disarray12. NPR's Philip Reeves says this is complicating13 the task of hammering out details of the rescue plan with the European Union and the International Monetary14 Fund.
Ireland's financial crisis is spawning15 a political hiatus. Its coalition16 government has a majority of just three. That now seems to be melting away. The Irish are furious with the way their government's handled the crisis. That's forced their small nation to go cap in hand to the European Union and the IMF for a Greek-style bailout. The government's junior coalition partners, the Greens, said today they want an election in January after the bailout package is in place. Several independent parliamentarians who supported the coalition are also wavering. This is a bad time for political instability. European officials are trying to persuade the markets that the rescue plan for Ireland will work so as to stop the crisis spreading to several other eurozone countries. Philip Reeves, NPR News.
Flight attendants should be allowed to skip the invasive security scans at airports just as pilots can. Delta17 Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has asked the TSA to let flight attendants follow the same procedure as pilots, who are allowed to skip those scans and pat-downs if they are in uniform and they show two forms of ID that will be checked against a flight list. Meanwhile, White House officials say the government will take into account the public's complaints and concerns over those new security scans. Spokesman Robert Gibbs says the government is desperately18 trying to balance security while minimizing invasiveness.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off 52 points at 11,151, the NASDAQ is up six at 2,524, and the S&P 500 is down four right now at 1,195.
This is NPR News.
The US drone attacks continued in Pakistan's tribal19 belt today with reports that two missiles fired on a car and a motorcycle killed five people. The drone program evokes20 heated debate in Pakistan over its sovereignty. As NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Islamabad, it's the fourth such attack this past week.
Officials speaking on condition of anonymity21 said Monday's attack occurred in the Khushali area of North Waziristan believed to be a hotbed of Taliban activity in Pakistan's tribal region. The US refuses to acknowledge the drone strikes publicly, but privately22 officials have said that the missile attacks have killed several senior Taliban and al-Qaeda militants23 over the years. The Obama administration has drastically accelerated the CIA-run program with more than 100 such missile attacks taking place this year, half of them in the past two and a half months. The US has sought to expand the territory in which the drones can operate, but Pakistan has said "no". It has, however, reportedly allowed expansion of CIA operations in and around the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the US believes the Afghan Taliban leadership convenes24. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.
As part of a broader insider trading probe, the FBI raided two hedge funds, the Level Global Investors25 of Greenwich, Connecticut and the Diamondback Capital Management of Stamford, Connecticut. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the FBI and other agencies are investigating insider trading by hedge funds and investment bankers.
Another major car brand is facing a possible probe by federal regulators of an unintended acceleration26. This time it's the Honda Accord Hybrid27. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a woman claimed a 2005 Accord Hybrid accelerated on its own, leading to a fatal accident. Twenty-five thousand cars might be affected28.


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1 intern 25BxJ     
v.拘禁,软禁;n.实习生
参考例句:
  • I worked as an intern in that firm last summer.去年夏天我在那家商行实习。
  • The intern bandaged the cut as the nurse looked on.这位实习生在护士的照看下给病人包扎伤口。
2 levy Z9fzR     
n.征收税或其他款项,征收额
参考例句:
  • They levy a tax on him.他们向他征税。
  • A direct food levy was imposed by the local government.地方政府征收了食品税。
3 disappearance ouEx5     
n.消失,消散,失踪
参考例句:
  • He was hard put to it to explain her disappearance.他难以说明她为什么不见了。
  • Her disappearance gave rise to the wildest rumours.她失踪一事引起了各种流言蜚语。
4 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
参考例句:
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
5 alleging 16407100de5c54b7b204953b7a851bc3     
断言,宣称,辩解( allege的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • His reputation was blemished by a newspaper article alleging he'd evaded his taxes. 由于报上一篇文章声称他曾逃税,他的名誉受到损害。
  • This our Peeress declined as unnecessary, alleging that her cousin Thornhill's recommendation would be sufficient. 那位贵人不肯,还说不必,只要有她老表唐希尔保荐就够了。
6 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
参考例句:
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
7 eyewitness VlVxj     
n.目击者,见证人
参考例句:
  • The police questioned several eyewitness to the murder.警察询问了谋杀案的几位目击者。
  • He was the only eyewitness of the robbery.他是那起抢劫案的唯一目击者。
8 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • 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。
9 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • 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。
10 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
11 scapegoat 2DpyL     
n.替罪的羔羊,替人顶罪者;v.使…成为替罪羊
参考例句:
  • He has been made a scapegoat for the company's failures.他成了公司倒闭的替罪羊。
  • They ask me to join the party so that I'll be their scapegoat when trouble comes.他们想叫我入伙,出了乱子,好让我替他们垫背。
12 disarray 1ufx1     
n.混乱,紊乱,凌乱
参考例句:
  • His personal life fell into disarray when his wife left him.妻子离去后,他的个人生活一片混乱。
  • Our plans were thrown into disarray by the rail strike.铁路罢工打乱了我们的计划。
13 complicating 53d55ae4c858e224b98a8187fa34fb04     
使复杂化( complicate的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • High spiking fever with chills is suggestive of a complicating pylephlebitis. 伴有寒战的高热,暗示合并门静脉炎。
  • In America these actions become executive puberty rites, complicating relationships that are already complicated enough. 在美国,这些行动成了行政青春期的惯例,使本来已经够复杂的关系变得更复杂了。
14 monetary pEkxb     
adj.货币的,钱的;通货的;金融的;财政的
参考例句:
  • The monetary system of some countries used to be based on gold.过去有些国家的货币制度是金本位制的。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
15 spawning e223115a66b2213a16c438abb9a400cb     
产卵
参考例句:
  • Encounter sites have a small chance of spawning a "Commander" NPC. 遭遇战地区有很小的几率遇到NPC指挥官。
  • Instantly revives your Champion at your Spawning Pool, 9 minute cooldown. 立即在出生地复活你的英雄,冷却时间9分钟。
16 coalition pWlyi     
n.结合体,同盟,结合,联合
参考例句:
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
17 delta gxvxZ     
n.(流的)角洲
参考例句:
  • He has been to the delta of the Nile.他曾去过尼罗河三角洲。
  • The Nile divides at its mouth and forms a delta.尼罗河在河口分岔,形成了一个三角洲。
18 desperately cu7znp     
adv.极度渴望地,绝望地,孤注一掷地
参考例句:
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
19 tribal ifwzzw     
adj.部族的,种族的
参考例句:
  • He became skilled in several tribal lingoes.他精通几种部族的语言。
  • The country was torn apart by fierce tribal hostilities.那个国家被部落间的激烈冲突弄得四分五裂。
20 evokes d4c5d0beb1ad413369ccd9a98dfa9683     
产生,引起,唤起( evoke的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • The film evokes chilling reminders of the war. 这部电影使人们回忆起战争的可怕场景。
  • Each type evokes antibodies which protect against the homologous. 每一种类型都能产生抗同种病毒的抗体。
21 anonymity IMbyq     
n.the condition of being anonymous
参考例句:
  • Names of people in the book were changed to preserve anonymity. 为了姓名保密,书中的人用的都是化名。
  • Our company promises to preserve the anonymity of all its clients. 我们公司承诺不公开客户的姓名。
22 privately IkpzwT     
adv.以私人的身份,悄悄地,私下地
参考例句:
  • Some ministers admit privately that unemployment could continue to rise.一些部长私下承认失业率可能继续升高。
  • The man privately admits that his motive is profits.那人私下承认他的动机是为了牟利。
23 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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。
24 convenes dc7875a8680176aa422d93157c7b35a5     
召开( convene的第三人称单数 ); 召集; (为正式会议而)聚集; 集合
参考例句:
  • The Premier convenes and presides over the executive meetings and plenary meetings of the State Council. 总理召集和主持国务院常务会议和国务院全体会议。 来自汉英非文学 - 中国宪法
  • Chinese woman tenth the National People Congress convenes grandly today in Beijing. 中国妇女第十次全国代表大会今天在北京隆重召开。
25 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
26 acceleration ff8ya     
n.加速,加速度
参考例句:
  • All spacemen must be able to bear acceleration.所有太空人都应能承受加速度。
  • He has also called for an acceleration of political reforms.他同时呼吁加快政治改革的步伐。
27 hybrid pcBzu     
n.(动,植)杂种,混合物
参考例句:
  • That is a hybrid perpetual rose.那是一株杂交的四季开花的蔷薇。
  • The hybrid was tall,handsome,and intelligent.那混血儿高大、英俊、又聪明。
28 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
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