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NPR 2010-05-15

时间:2010-06-10 03:21来源:互联网 提供网友:yangsonglin10   字体: [ ]

President Obama's decrying1 what he calls the "ridiculous spectacle" of executives of BP and other companies, pointing fingers this week over one of the worst oil spills in US history. Following a cabinet meeting at the White House today, the president said the companies and federal regulators should be held accountable for factors that led to a deadly rig explosion last month and the resulting spill. He has ordered immediate2 inspections3 of deepwater operations in the Gulf4 of Mexico.

"We're also closing the loophole that has allowed some oil companies to bypass some critical environmental reviews, and today we're announcing a new examination of the environmental procedures for oil and gas exploration and development."

The administration's barring permits for drilling new wells until a 30-day safety and environmental review is complete.

"Three, two, one and zero and liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis."

That's likely the last time we'll hear that for Atlantis which is making its last voyage to the final frontier. Today in Florida, it blasted off on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. This was one of the few remaining launches before NASA retires its shuttle program later this year.

In Iraq, the electoral commission says a recount of the ballots5 cast in Baghdad shows no significant voter fraud in the March 7th elections. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

After nearly two weeks of recounting the ballots from Baghdad province, the commission says it found very few marred6 or unclear ballots and no significant evidence of tampering7 or fraud. A commission spokesman refused to say if the recount changed the narrow margin8 of victory won by a secular9 Sunni-backed slate10. Since then, Iraq's two largest Shiite blocs11 have announced an alliance that put them closest to the majority needed to form the new government. The results still need to be certified12, clearing the way for coalition-building talks. Leaders from all parties say they would like some form of national unity13 government that includes Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and other groups. But as with all such bargaining, the devil will be in the details, and some analysts14 believe the process could take weeks if not months. Peter Kenyon, NPR News, Baghdad.

At least 21 deaths have been reported from a coal mine explosion in southwestern China last night. The Xinhua news agency says ten other people escaped. No word yet on what caused that blast.

The FBI's investigation15 of the attempted bombing in Times Square is now focusing on how the main suspect, Faisal Shahzad, received money. Three other Pakistani men arrested yesterday in connection with the case told investigators16 about an informal network of money brokers17. Authorities say the three may have helped Shahzad get money without knowing how it was going to be used.

At last check on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 160 points at 10,621. This as investors18 continue to be rattled19 by a growing debt crisis in Europe. NASDAQ lost 48 points, settling at 2,347.

This is NPR.

In Sacramento, California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is unveiling his revised budget plan for the coming fiscal(fiscally) year. With the deficit20 estimated to be somewhere near $20 billion, budget watchers are braced21 for something ugly. As Rachel Myrow reports from member station KQED in San Francisco.

California's economy is picking up, but unemployment remains22 high - 12.6%, and nobody expects taxes to plug a 20-billion-dollar budget gap. Personal income tax revenue in April came in about 30% below projections23. The governor and Republican lawmakers have vowed24 not to raise taxes this year. That leaves budget cuts and after years of budget cuts the possible elimination25 of safety net programs that serve the state's disabled, seniors, single mothers, foster youth and children from low-income families. Democrats26 dominate the state legislature, but they need a 2/3 vote including Republicans to pass a budget. State leaders have lobbied Washington for an extra $6.9 billion. They've got nearly three billion so far. For NPR News, I'm Rachel Myrow in San Francisco.

The death toll27 is rising from clashes in Bangkok where street battles between troops and anti-government protesters have been raging since overnight. At least seven people have been killed in the latest violence. Thai troops fired rounds on the rioting crowd. They were also seen using tear gas on red-shirt protesters who were hurling28 petrol bombs. The demonstrators have been camped out in Bangkok's upscale business district for months, demanding new elections.

NBC is dropping Law & Order. That familiar sound we've come to know in the long-running police-courtroom drama will be no more. NBC confirms today that the show's ending its historic 20-season run May 24.


1 decrying 1b34819af654ee4b1f6ab02103d1cd2f     
v.公开反对,谴责( decry的现在分词 )
  • Soon Chinese Internet users, including government agencies, were decrying the' poisonous panda. 不久,中国网民以及政府机构纷纷谴责“影响极坏的熊猫烧香”。 来自互联网
  • Democratic leaders are decrying President Bush's plan to indefinitely halt troop withdrawals from Iraq after July. 民主党领导公开谴责布什总统七月后无限停止从伊拉克撤兵的举动。 来自互联网
2 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。
3 inspections c445f9a2296d8835cd7d4a2da50fc5ca     
n.检查( inspection的名词复数 );检验;视察;检阅
  • Regular inspections are carried out at the prison. 经常有人来视察这座监狱。
  • Government inspections ensure a high degree of uniformity in the standard of service. 政府检查确保了在服务标准方面的高度一致。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
5 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 marred 5fc2896f7cb5af68d251672a8d30b5b5     
adj. 被损毁, 污损的
  • The game was marred by the behaviour of drunken fans. 喝醉了的球迷行为不轨,把比赛给搅了。
  • Bad diction marred the effectiveness of his speech. 措词不当影响了他演说的效果。
7 tampering b4c81c279f149b738b8941a10e40864a     
v.窜改( tamper的现在分词 );篡改;(用不正当手段)影响;瞎摆弄
  • Two policemen were accused of tampering with the evidence. 有两名警察被控篡改证据。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • As Harry London had forecast, Brookside's D-day caught many meter-tampering offenders. 正如哈里·伦敦预见到的那样,布鲁克赛德的D日行动抓住了不少非法改装仪表的人。 来自辞典例句
8 margin 67Mzp     
  • We allowed a margin of 20 minutes in catching the train.我们有20分钟的余地赶火车。
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的边缘。
9 secular GZmxM     
  • We live in an increasingly secular society.我们生活在一个日益非宗教的社会。
  • Britain is a plural society in which the secular predominates.英国是个世俗主导的多元社会。
10 slate uEfzI     
  • The nominating committee laid its slate before the board.提名委员会把候选人名单提交全体委员会讨论。
  • What kind of job uses stained wood and slate? 什么工作会接触木头污浊和石板呢?
11 blocs 55a7aa3ddaadcaa0cc9b6846807efb62     
n.集团,联盟( bloc的名词复数 )
  • The division of Europe into warring blocs produces ever-increasing centrifugal stress. 把欧洲分为作战集团产生了越来越大的离心效果。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The policy of the two blocs was played out. 把世界分为两个集团的政策已经过时了。 来自辞典例句
12 certified fw5zkU     
  • Doctors certified him as insane. 医生证明他精神失常。
  • The planes were certified airworthy. 飞机被证明适于航行。
13 unity 4kQwT     
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
14 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • 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。
15 investigation MRKzq     
  • 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。
16 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》
17 brokers 75d889d756f7fbea24ad402e01a65b20     
n.(股票、外币等)经纪人( broker的名词复数 );中间人;代理商;(订合同的)中人v.做掮客(或中人等)( broker的第三人称单数 );作为权力经纪人进行谈判;以中间人等身份安排…
  • The firm in question was Alsbery & Co., whiskey brokers. 那家公司叫阿尔斯伯里公司,经销威士忌。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • From time to time a telephone would ring in the brokers' offices. 那两排经纪人房间里不时响着叮令的电话。 来自子夜部分
18 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • 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
19 rattled b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b     
  • The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. 卡车嘎吱嘎吱地在凹凸不平的地面上颠簸而行。
  • Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. 每逢公共汽车经过这里,窗户都格格作响。
20 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
21 braced 4e05e688cf12c64dbb7ab31b49f741c5     
adj.拉牢的v.支住( brace的过去式和过去分词 );撑牢;使自己站稳;振作起来
  • They braced up the old house with balks of timber. 他们用梁木加固旧房子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The house has a wooden frame which is braced with brick. 这幢房子是木结构的砖瓦房。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
23 projections 7275a1e8ba6325ecfc03ebb61a4b9192     
预测( projection的名词复数 ); 投影; 投掷; 突起物
  • Their sales projections are a total thumbsuck. 他们的销售量预测纯属估计。
  • The council has revised its projections of funding requirements upwards. 地方议会调高了对资金需求的预测。
24 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
25 elimination 3qexM     
  • Their elimination from the competition was a great surprise.他们在比赛中遭到淘汰是个很大的意外。
  • I was eliminated from the 400 metres in the semi-finals.我在400米半决赛中被淘汰。
26 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
28 hurling bd3cda2040d4df0d320fd392f72b7dc3     
n.爱尔兰式曲棍球v.猛投,用力掷( hurl的现在分词 );大声叫骂
  • The boat rocked wildly, hurling him into the water. 这艘船剧烈地晃动,把他甩到水中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Fancy hurling away a good chance like that, the silly girl! 想想她竟然把这样一个好机会白白丢掉了,真是个傻姑娘! 来自《简明英汉词典》
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