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NPR 2010-04-01

时间:2010-05-11 02:40来源:互联网 提供网友:Suki12322   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I’m Korva Coleman.


Making good on his promise to pursue a comprehensive energy strategy, President Obama has announced plans to expand offshore1 oil drilling off the East Coast. NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.


President Obama says he didn’t make the decision to allow more offshore drilling lightly. That decision has already angered some environmental groups. But Mr. Obama says new technologies will help to limit the impact of drilling, and the most sensitive areas will still be off-limits. He said additional domestic oil production is just one part of a broader energy strategy.


“We’re gonna need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp2 up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”


The president’s also taken steps to promote nuclear power by embracing proposals usually put forward by Republicans. He hopes to win some bipartisan support for an energy bill that would also limit greenhouse gases. Scott Horsley, NPR News, the White House.


A federal judge has ruled government investigators3 illegally wiretapped phone conversions4 between members of an Islamic charity and two lawyers. US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the investigators needed a search warrant to eavesdrop5 electronically on the now defunct6 Al-Haramain organization. The judge says Congress created a system to allow agents to spy on phone conversations, if they got permission from a secret federal court, but the agents didn’t do that.


Emergency Management officials in Massachusetts are watching rivers in the state as the second major storm this month subsides7. Some rivers won’t crest8 until late tonight or tomorrow, as Phillip Martin of member station WGBH reports.


A record amount of rain from the month of March has put a lot of strain on the 19th-century Moody9 Street dam. Over the past two weeks, the Charles River rose a foot above the previous highest level, cresting10 at about 7.5 feet. That’s a lot of water, worth about 33,000 gallons pouring through the structure per second. That has put considerable pressure on both the dam and on residents who live near it. Some of the water seeped11 into a nearby apartment complex. Concerned that another major storm would push the overflow12 into the dangerous zone, workers with the Department of Conservation Recreation two weeks ago were forced to literally13 get into the water to loosen up logs and other debris14 that might impede15 the flow. Emergency crews remain on standby alert until the storm is absolutely over. For NPR News, I’m Phillip Martin in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Rhode Islanders have been hard hit by flooding. Governor Don Carcieri says it’s the worst in 100 years. All state residents are being asked to conserve16 water and electricity. That’s because Rhode Island’s sewage treatment plants and power substations have been flooded. Hundreds of people have been stranded17, others are in shelters because they’ve been evacuated18.


On Wall Street just before the close, the Dow Jones industrials were down 51 points at 10,855. The NASDAQ is down 11 points; it was at 2,398.


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In southern Afghanistan, a bomb blast has killed 13 people and wounded dozens more, including a child and a police officer. There’s been no immediate19 claim of responsibility. NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Kabul.


Officials say the bomb was hidden on a bicycle in the southern province of Helmand. It exploded near a crowd of people who had gathered to collect free seeds provided by the British government. Such giveaways are aimed at encouraging Afghan farmers not to plant opium20 poppy. Some Afghan officials say they believe drug dealers21 trying to stop farmers from giving up their opium crops were behind the attack. The opium and heroin22 trade in Afghanistan earns them billions of dollars and helps fund the Taliban. Meanwhile in Kabul, US Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint23 Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that about half of the 30,000 additional US troops being sent to Afghanistan have not yet arrived. Most of those will be sent to Kandahar where the US and NATO are planning a major Taliban clearing operation this summer. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News, Kabul.


A militant24 leader from Chechnya is claiming responsibility for the suicide bombings Monday on Moscow’s subway system. Doku Umarov is the leader of an Islamist militant group based in Chechnya. He says the subway attacks are in revenge for the murder of Chechen civilians25 by Russian troops. Separately, a suicide bomber26 killed at least 12 police officers in the Russian province of Dagestan today.


The Pentagon reports a US Navy aircraft crashed in the North Arabian Sea today, and a crew member is still missing, three others were rescued. The aircraft was operating from the USS Eisenhower. The Defense27 Department says the crash was a mishap28.


I’m Korva Coleman, NPR News in Washington.


1 offshore FIux8     
  • A big program of oil exploration has begun offshore.一个大规模的石油勘探计划正在近海展开。
  • A gentle current carried them slowly offshore.和缓的潮流慢慢地把他们带离了海岸。
2 ramp QTgxf     
  • That driver drove the car up the ramp.那司机将车开上了斜坡。
  • The factory don't have that capacity to ramp up.这家工厂没有能力加速生产。
3 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 conversions 2cf788b632004c0776c820c40534398d     
变换( conversion的名词复数 ); (宗教、信仰等)彻底改变; (尤指为居住而)改建的房屋; 橄榄球(触地得分后再把球射中球门的)附加得分
  • He kicked a penalty goal and two conversions, ie in Rugby football. 他一次罚球得分,两次触地后射门得分(在橄榄球赛中)。
  • Few of the intermediates or enzymes involved in these conversions have been isolated from higher plants. 在这些转变中包含的少数中间产物或酶已经从高等植物中分离出来。
5 eavesdrop lrPxS     
  • He ensconced himself in the closet in order to eavesdrop.他藏在壁橱里,以便偷听。
  • It is not polite to eavesdrop on the conversation of other people.偷听他人说话是很不礼貌的。
6 defunct defunct     
  • The scheme for building an airport seems to be completely defunct now.建造新机场的计划看来整个完蛋了。
  • This schema object is defunct.No modifications are allowed until it is made active again.此架构对象不起作用。在重新激活之前,不能进行任何改动。
7 subsides 400fe15f1aceae93cab4b312b1ff926c     
v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采矿)( subside的第三人称单数 );减弱;下降至较低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上
  • Emotion swells and subsides. 情绪忽高忽低。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • His emotion swells and subsides. 他的情绪忽高忽低。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
8 crest raqyA     
  • The rooster bristled his crest.公鸡竖起了鸡冠。
  • He reached the crest of the hill before dawn.他于黎明前到达山顶。
9 moody XEXxG     
  • He relapsed into a moody silence.他又重新陷于忧郁的沉默中。
  • I'd never marry that girl.She's so moody.我决不会和那女孩结婚的。她太易怒了。
10 cresting b1d5201ad551eca4119401f97cdfd4f5     
n.顶饰v.到达山顶(或浪峰)( crest的现在分词 );到达洪峰,达到顶点
  • The old man stood with his back to the fire, cresting up erect. 老人背火昂然而立。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Various shapes of returns like triangular, semi-circular are available for cresting your own office. 极富创意的办公桌,有着不同形装如三角形、半圆形、曲尺形及四边形,以创造您个人品位的办公室。 来自互联网
11 seeped 7b1463dbca7bf67e984ebe1b96df8fef     
v.(液体)渗( seep的过去式和过去分词 );渗透;渗出;漏出
  • The rain seeped through the roof. 雨水透过房顶渗透。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Icy air seeped in through the paper and the room became cold. 寒气透过了糊窗纸。屋里骤然冷起来。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
12 overflow fJOxZ     
  • The overflow from the bath ran on to the floor.浴缸里的水溢到了地板上。
  • After a long period of rain,the river may overflow its banks.长时间的下雨天后,河水可能溢出岸来。
13 literally 28Wzv     
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
14 debris debris     
  • 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。
15 impede FcozA     
  • One shouldn't impede other's progress.一个人不应该妨碍他人进步。
  • The muddy roads impede our journey.我们的旅游被泥泞的道路阻挠了。
16 conserve vYRyP     
  • He writes on both sides of the sheet to conserve paper.他在纸张的两面都写字以节省用纸。
  • Conserve your energy,you'll need it!保存你的精力,你会用得着的!
17 stranded thfz18     
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
18 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
  • Police evacuated nearby buildings. 警方已将附近大楼的居民疏散。
  • The fireman evacuated the guests from the burning hotel. 消防队员把客人们从燃烧着的旅馆中撤出来。
19 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
20 opium c40zw     
  • That man gave her a dose of opium.那男人给了她一剂鸦片。
  • Opium is classed under the head of narcotic.鸦片是归入麻醉剂一类的东西。
21 dealers 95e592fc0f5dffc9b9616efd02201373     
n.商人( dealer的名词复数 );贩毒者;毒品贩子;发牌者
  • There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. 私人收藏家和交易商急速竞相喊价。
  • The police were corrupt and were operating in collusion with the drug dealers. 警察腐败,与那伙毒品贩子内外勾结。
22 heroin IrSzHX     
  • Customs have made their biggest ever seizure of heroin.海关查获了有史以来最大的一批海洛因。
  • Heroin has been smuggled out by sea.海洛因已从海上偷运出境。
23 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。
24 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
25 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。
26 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
27 defense AxbxB     
  • 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。
28 mishap AjSyg     
  • I'm afraid your son had a slight mishap in the playground.不好了,你儿子在操场上出了点小意外。
  • We reached home without mishap.我们平安地回到了家。
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