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NPR 2010-06-17

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President Obama's first big meeting with BP executives at the White House reaffirms that BP would be held liable for the Gulf1 oil spill until communities are whole again.

"BP is a strong and viable2 company, and it is in all of our interests that it remains3 so. So what this is about is accountability. At the end of the day, that's what every American wants and expects."

NPR's Scott Horsley says that after the meeting, the chairman of BP formally apologized.

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg issued his apology in the White House driveway after a face-to-face meeting with President Obama. BP has agreed to set up a 20-billion-dollar fund to help compensate4 people who've been hurt by the oil spill. Svanberg says the company has also decided5 not to pay dividends6 to its shareholders7 for the remainder of this year.

"We made it clear to the president that words are not enough. We understand that we will and we should be judged by our actions."

President Obama said the 20-billion-dollar figure does not represent a cap on BP's liability from the oil spill. He told the chairman that for many Gulf Coast residents, the damage is deeper than mere8 dollars and cents. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Washington.

The US is pressing other governments to turn up the pressure on Iran to stop enriching uranium with new economic measures on top of the sanctions the UN recently imposed.

"Our actions today are designed to deter9 other governments and foreign financial institutions from dealing10 with these entities11 and thereby12 supporting Iran's illicit13 activities."

Treasury14 Secretary Timothy Geithner speaking from the White House this afternoon, but the Iranian government appears unfazed by the latest sanctions. It defends its nuclear program is peaceful and Iran's "sovereign right".

In the US, housing starts in May hit a five-month low, plunging15 10%. Construction and permits to build were down. Economist16 Hugh Johnson says that's because the homebuyer tax credit ended.

"Whether we're looking at housing starts or we're looking at other housing numbers like existing home sales or new home sales, they've been a little bit inflated17 by the tax credit. And so now it's sort of coming back to normal or coming back to, let's just say, a slow recovery in housing."

While the Senate is backing a plan to give home buyers an additional three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives18, the kinds that have bolstered19 home sales this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry20 Reid moved for an extension until September 30th for anyone wishing to qualify for an $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.

We see some modest gains on Wall Street. Dow Jones Industrial Average up four points at last check at 10,409. NASDAQ Composite Index largely unchanged. It's at 2,306.

You're listening to NPR News.

Fifteen years after being indicted21 for genocide, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic is still in hiding. Where is he? Teri Schultz reports on the effort by Mladic's family to have the Serbian government's search called off.

Mladic's family says there's no sense looking for the fugitive22 because he is dead. Family lawyer Milos Saljic has told a Belgrade court the last time the former Bosnian Serb army commander was seen alive was in 2003. Saljic says Mladic was very sick and could not have survived this long without medical care, which the family reasons he could not have received while in hiding. They're, therefore, asking the court to have Mladic declared officially deceased. He's accused of involvement in a massacre23 of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and a three-year siege of Sarajevo. Arresting him and sending him to the international tribunal in the Hague is one of the requirements for Serbian membership in the European Union, and government officials say the hunt will go on. For NPR News, I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels.

Employers, who illegally hire child workers, risk getting slapped with bigger fines in the US. The Labor24 Department is drastically increasing its penalties so that anyone illegally employing 12 and 13-year-olds will pay $6,000 for each violation25. That's a hike from $900. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says penalties could go up to 11,000 for repeat offenders26 or cases where injuries are involved.

A death row inmate27 scheduled to die by firing squad28 in Utah this Friday is making another appeal to live. An attorney for Ronnie Lee Gardner is trying to overturn a federal judge's ruling yesterday, denying the inmate's stay request. Gardner asked for stay while he pursues a civil rights lawsuit29, challenging Utah's commutation hearing process.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News.
 


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1 gulf 1e0xp     
n.海湾;深渊,鸿沟;分歧,隔阂
参考例句:
  • 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。
2 viable mi2wZ     
adj.可行的,切实可行的,能活下去的
参考例句:
  • The scheme is economically viable.这个计划从经济效益来看是可行的。
  • The economy of the country is not viable.这个国家经济是难以维持的。
3 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • 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。
4 compensate AXky7     
vt.补偿,赔偿;酬报 vi.弥补;补偿;抵消
参考例句:
  • She used her good looks to compensate her lack of intelligence. 她利用她漂亮的外表来弥补智力的不足。
  • Nothing can compensate for the loss of one's health. 一个人失去了键康是不可弥补的。
5 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
6 dividends 8d58231a4112c505163466a7fcf9d097     
红利( dividend的名词复数 ); 股息; 被除数; (足球彩票的)彩金
参考例句:
  • Nothing pays richer dividends than magnanimity. 没有什么比宽宏大量更能得到厚报。
  • Their decision five years ago to computerise the company is now paying dividends. 五年前他们作出的使公司电脑化的决定现在正产生出效益。
7 shareholders 7d3b0484233cf39bc3f4e3ebf97e69fe     
n.股东( shareholder的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The meeting was attended by 90% of shareholders. 90%的股东出席了会议。
  • the company's fiduciary duty to its shareholders 公司对股东负有的受托责任
8 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
9 deter DmZzU     
vt.阻止,使不敢,吓住
参考例句:
  • Failure did not deter us from trying it again.失败并没有能阻挡我们再次进行试验。
  • Dogs can deter unwelcome intruders.狗能够阻拦不受欢迎的闯入者。
10 dealing NvjzWP     
n.经商方法,待人态度
参考例句:
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
11 entities 07214c6750d983a32e0a33da225c4efd     
实体对像; 实体,独立存在体,实际存在物( entity的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Our newspaper and our printing business form separate corporate entities. 我们的报纸和印刷业形成相对独立的企业实体。
  • The North American continent is made up of three great structural entities. 北美大陆是由三个构造单元组成的。
12 thereby Sokwv     
adv.因此,从而
参考例句:
  • I have never been to that city,,ereby I don't know much about it.我从未去过那座城市,因此对它不怎么熟悉。
  • He became a British citizen,thereby gaining the right to vote.他成了英国公民,因而得到了投票权。
13 illicit By8yN     
adj.非法的,禁止的,不正当的
参考例句:
  • He had an illicit association with Jane.他和简曾有过不正当关系。
  • Seizures of illicit drugs have increased by 30% this year.今年违禁药品的扣押增长了30%。
14 treasury 7GeyP     
n.宝库;国库,金库;文库
参考例句:
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
15 plunging 5fe12477bea00d74cd494313d62da074     
adj.跳进的,突进的v.颠簸( plunge的现在分词 );暴跌;骤降;突降
参考例句:
  • War broke out again, plunging the people into misery and suffering. 战祸复发,生灵涂炭。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He is plunging into an abyss of despair. 他陷入了绝望的深渊。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 economist AuhzVs     
n.经济学家,经济专家,节俭的人
参考例句:
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
17 inflated Mqwz2K     
adj.(价格)飞涨的;(通货)膨胀的;言过其实的;充了气的v.使充气(于轮胎、气球等)( inflate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)膨胀;(使)通货膨胀;物价上涨
参考例句:
  • He has an inflated sense of his own importance. 他自视过高。
  • They all seem to take an inflated view of their collective identity. 他们对自己的集体身份似乎都持有一种夸大的看法。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 incentives 884481806a10ef3017726acf079e8fa7     
激励某人做某事的事物( incentive的名词复数 ); 刺激; 诱因; 动机
参考例句:
  • tax incentives to encourage savings 鼓励储蓄的税收措施
  • Furthermore, subsidies provide incentives only for investments in equipment. 更有甚者,提供津贴仅是为鼓励增添设备的投资。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
19 bolstered 8f664011b293bfe505d7464c8bed65c8     
v.支持( bolster的过去式和过去分词 );支撑;给予必要的支持;援助
参考例句:
  • He bolstered his plea with new evidence. 他举出新的证据来支持他的抗辩。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The data must be bolstered by inferences and indirect estimates of varying degrees of reliability. 这些资料必须借助于推理及可靠程度不同的间接估计。 来自辞典例句
20 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
21 indicted 4fe8f0223a4e14ee670547b1a8076e20     
控告,起诉( indict的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The senator was indicted for murder. 那位参议员被控犯谋杀罪。
  • He was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of murder. 他被大陪审团以两项谋杀罪名起诉。
22 fugitive bhHxh     
adj.逃亡的,易逝的;n.逃犯,逃亡者
参考例句:
  • The police were able to deduce where the fugitive was hiding.警方成功地推断出那逃亡者躲藏的地方。
  • The fugitive is believed to be headed for the border.逃犯被认为在向国境线逃窜。
23 massacre i71zk     
n.残杀,大屠杀;v.残杀,集体屠杀
参考例句:
  • There was a terrible massacre of villagers here during the war.在战争中,这里的村民惨遭屠杀。
  • If we forget the massacre,the massacre will happen again!忘记了大屠杀,大屠杀就有可能再次发生!
24 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。
25 violation lLBzJ     
n.违反(行为),违背(行为),侵犯
参考例句:
  • He roared that was a violation of the rules.他大声说,那是违反规则的。
  • He was fined 200 dollars for violation of traffic regulation.他因违反交通规则被罚款200美元。
26 offenders dee5aee0bcfb96f370137cdbb4b5cc8d     
n.冒犯者( offender的名词复数 );犯规者;罪犯;妨害…的人(或事物)
参考例句:
  • Long prison sentences can be a very effective deterrent for offenders. 判处长期徒刑可对违法者起到强有力的威慑作用。
  • Purposeful work is an important part of the regime for young offenders. 使从事有意义的劳动是管理少年犯的重要方法。
27 inmate l4cyN     
n.被收容者;(房屋等的)居住人;住院人
参考例句:
  • I am an inmate of that hospital.我住在那家医院。
  • The prisoner is his inmate.那个囚犯和他同住一起。
28 squad 4G1zq     
n.班,小队,小团体;vt.把…编成班或小组
参考例句:
  • The squad leader ordered the men to mark time.班长命令战士们原地踏步。
  • A squad is the smallest unit in an army.班是军队的最小构成单位。
29 lawsuit A14xy     
n.诉讼,控诉
参考例句:
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
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