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NPR 2010-04-09

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Rescuers plan to resume their search for West Virginian miners in a couple of hours. The families are hoping that this time the team will actually make it far enough to check special chambers1 where four miners may have taken refuge since Monday’s explosion at Montcoal’s Upper Big Branch mine that killed 25 workers. Eric Peterson of West Virginia Public Broadcasting tells us rescuers tried earlier today but were forced to evacuate2.

 

Rescuers entered the mine earlier this morning but had to turn back as levels of poisonous gases increased. The crews still haven’t been able to reach either of the two rescue chambers they think the miners might be in, but families are still holding out hope. Massey Energy Chief Operating Officer Chris Adkins says the crews still plan to make it to the rescue chambers before recovering the bodies of at least 14 miners.

 

“Do we stop and try to identify more people? No. This is still a rescue mission to us. We still have rescue chambers that we have to go to, and you know, we still believe.”

 

Drilling crews are still boring holes into the mine for ventilation, but the process could take some time. For NPR News, I’m Eric Peterson in Montcoal, West Virginia.

 

Today marks a milestone3 for the US and Russia. They’ve signed a pact4 to reduce nuclear arsenals5 by about 1/3 each. President Obama says the agreement’s critical to keeping nuclear arms out of the hands of terrorists.

 

“Nuclear weapons are not simply an issue for the United States and Russia -- they threaten the common security of all nations. A nuclear weapon in the hands of a terrorist is a danger to people everywhere.”

 

The treaty still has to be ratified6 by US and Russian legislators.

 

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped to 460,000 last week. Analysts7 consider the increase a blip on the unemployment screen, not a trend. Danielle Karson explains.

 

Labor8 Department officials say Easter clouded last week’s numbers. It’s hard to adjust for seasonal9 factors since the holiday occurs during different times each year. Economists10 keep a close eye on new claims because they’re a measure of businesses’ willingness to hire new workers and that’s slowly turning around. Employers hired 162,000 workers in March. There’s an upside in the report: the number of people filing benefits for more than a week fell to the lowest level since December of 2008. For NPR News, I’m Danielle Karson.

 

A welcome sound of retailers11 who’ve just seen their fourth month of sales gains. The International Council of Shopping Centers studied some 31 retailers around the country and found a 9% jump in March at stores opened at least a year. Analysts attribute the gain to people shopping for Easter and earlier Easter that is and warmer weather. March marked a fourth straight month of gains again and the strongest one-month showing since March of 1999.

 

At last check on Wall Street, the Dow was up 30 points at 10,927.

 

From Washington, this is NPR News.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency is restricting the use of a toxic12 pesticide13 after the deaths of two children in Utah. The new rules prohibit the use of phosphide fumigants near homes. From Salt Lake City, NPR’s Howard Berkes has details.

 

The EPA’s order involves aluminum14 and magnesium15 phosphide fumigants used to kill insects and rodents16 that burrow17 underground. An agency spokesman told the Salt Lake Tribune that the new restrictions18 were prompted in part by the deaths of a four-year-old and her baby sister after exterminators used a pesticide called Fumitoxin on voles outside their house. The entire family was sickened and a medical examiner found high levels of inhaled19 phosphorus. Prosecutors20 are considering criminal charges. The new rules ban use of phosphide fumigants near homes and establish bigger buffer21 zones for their use outdoors. Similar restrictions were recommended by EPA scientists more than a decade ago, but tobacco and agricultural interests successfully resisted their adoption22. Howard Berkes, NPR News, Salt Lake City.

 

The Masters Tournament got underway today with a lot of interest surrounding Tiger Woods. This was his first time playing since the car accident last year that led to revelations about his extramarital affairs and tainted23 his billion-dollar image. However, officials at the Augusta National say no one player will overshadow the tournament. Arnold Palmer joined fellow golf icon24 Jack25 Nicklaus for the ceremonial first shots.

 

News at United Airlines and US Airways26 are back in merger27 talks and shares of both companies rise in pre-market trading today and that continued. US Airways moved up a dollar 21 in nearly 18 cents; United parent UAL gained just over 17%.

 


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1 chambers c053984cd45eab1984d2c4776373c4fe     
n.房间( chamber的名词复数 );(议会的)议院;卧室;会议厅
参考例句:
  • The body will be removed into one of the cold storage chambers. 尸体将被移到一个冷冻间里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mr Chambers's readable book concentrates on the middle passage: the time Ransome spent in Russia. Chambers先生的这本值得一看的书重点在中间:Ransome在俄国的那几年。 来自互联网
2 evacuate ai1zL     
v.遣送;搬空;抽出;排泄;大(小)便
参考例句:
  • We must evacuate those soldiers at once!我们必须立即撤出这些士兵!
  • They were planning to evacuate the seventy American officials still in the country.他们正计划转移仍滞留在该国的70名美国官员。
3 milestone c78zM     
n.里程碑;划时代的事件
参考例句:
  • The film proved to be a milestone in the history of cinema.事实证明这部影片是电影史上的一个里程碑。
  • I think this is a very important milestone in the relations between our two countries.我认为这是我们两国关系中一个十分重要的里程碑。
4 pact ZKUxa     
n.合同,条约,公约,协定
参考例句:
  • The two opposition parties made an electoral pact.那两个反对党订了一个有关选举的协定。
  • The trade pact between those two countries came to an end.那两国的通商协定宣告结束。
5 arsenals 8089144f6cfbc1853e8d2b8b9043553d     
n.兵工厂,军火库( arsenal的名词复数 );任何事物的集成
参考例句:
  • We possess-each of us-nuclear arsenals capable of annihilating humanity. 我们两国都拥有能够毁灭全人类的核武库。 来自辞典例句
  • Arsenals are factories that produce weapons. 军工厂是生产武器的工厂。 来自互联网
6 ratified 307141b60a4e10c8e00fe98bc499667a     
v.批准,签认(合约等)( ratify的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The treaty was declared invalid because it had not been ratified. 条约没有得到批准,因此被宣布无效。
  • The treaty was ratified by all the member states. 这个条约得到了所有成员国的批准。
7 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
8 labor P9Tzs     
n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦
参考例句:
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
9 seasonal LZ1xE     
adj.季节的,季节性的
参考例句:
  • The town relies on the seasonal tourist industry for jobs.这个城镇依靠季节性旅游业提供就业机会。
  • The hors d'oeuvre is seasonal vegetables.餐前小吃是应时蔬菜。
10 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
12 toxic inSwc     
adj.有毒的,因中毒引起的
参考例句:
  • The factory had accidentally released a quantity of toxic waste into the sea.这家工厂意外泄漏大量有毒废物到海中。
  • There is a risk that toxic chemicals might be blasted into the atmosphere.爆炸后有毒化学物质可能会进入大气层。
13 pesticide OMlxV     
n.杀虫剂,农药
参考例句:
  • The pesticide was spread over the vegetable plot.菜田里撒上了农药。
  • This pesticide is diluted with water and applied directly to the fields.这种杀虫剂用水稀释后直接施用在田里。
14 aluminum 9xhzP     
n.(aluminium)铝
参考例句:
  • The aluminum sheets cannot be too much thicker than 0.04 inches.铝板厚度不能超过0.04英寸。
  • During the launch phase,it would ride in a protective aluminum shell.在发射阶段,它盛在一只保护的铝壳里。
15 magnesium bRiz8     
n.镁
参考例句:
  • Magnesium is the nutrient element in plant growth.镁是植物生长的营养要素。
  • The water contains high amounts of magnesium.这水含有大量的镁。
16 rodents 1ff5f0f12f2930e77fb620b1471a2124     
n.啮齿目动物( rodent的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Rodents carry diseases and are generally regarded as pests. 啮齿目动物传播疾病,常被当作害虫对待。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Some wild rodents in Africa also harbor the virus. 在非洲,有些野生啮齿动物也是储毒者。 来自辞典例句
17 burrow EsazA     
vt.挖掘(洞穴);钻进;vi.挖洞;翻寻;n.地洞
参考例句:
  • Earthworms burrow deep into the subsoil.蚯蚓深深地钻进底土。
  • The dog had chased a rabbit into its burrow.狗把兔子追进了洞穴。
18 restrictions 81e12dac658cfd4c590486dd6f7523cf     
约束( restriction的名词复数 ); 管制; 制约因素; 带限制性的条件(或规则)
参考例句:
  • I found the restrictions irksome. 我对那些限制感到很烦。
  • a snaggle of restrictions 杂乱无章的种种限制
19 inhaled 1072d9232d676d367b2f48410158ae32     
v.吸入( inhale的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply. 她合上双眼,深深吸了一口气。
  • Janet inhaled sharply when she saw him. 珍妮特看到他时猛地吸了口气。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 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。
21 buffer IxYz0B     
n.起缓冲作用的人(或物),缓冲器;vt.缓冲
参考例句:
  • A little money can be a useful buffer in time of need.在急需时,很少一点钱就能解燃眉之急。
  • Romantic love will buffer you against life's hardships.浪漫的爱会减轻生活的艰辛。
22 adoption UK7yu     
n.采用,采纳,通过;收养
参考例句:
  • An adoption agency had sent the boys to two different families.一个收养机构把他们送给两个不同的家庭。
  • The adoption of this policy would relieve them of a tremendous burden.采取这一政策会给他们解除一个巨大的负担。
23 tainted qgDzqS     
adj.腐坏的;污染的;沾污的;感染的v.使变质( taint的过去式和过去分词 );使污染;败坏;被污染,腐坏,败坏
参考例句:
  • The administration was tainted with scandal. 丑闻使得政府声名狼藉。
  • He was considered tainted by association with the corrupt regime. 他因与腐败政府有牵连而名誉受损。 来自《简明英汉词典》
24 icon JbxxB     
n.偶像,崇拜的对象,画像
参考例句:
  • They found an icon in the monastery.他们在修道院中发现了一个圣像。
  • Click on this icon to align or justify text.点击这个图标使文本排齐。
25 jack 53Hxp     
n.插座,千斤顶,男人;v.抬起,提醒,扛举;n.(Jake)杰克
参考例句:
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
26 AIRWAYS 5a794ea66d6229951550b106ef7caa7a     
航空公司
参考例句:
  • The giant jets that increasingly dominate the world's airways. 越来越称雄于世界航线的巨型喷气机。
  • At one point the company bought from Nippon Airways a 727 jet. 有一次公司从日本航空公司买了一架727型喷气机。
27 merger vCJxG     
n.企业合并,并吞
参考例句:
  • Acceptance of the offer is the first step to a merger.对这项提议的赞同是合并的第一步。
  • Shareholders will be voting on the merger of the companies.股东们将投票表决公司合并问题。
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