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NPR 2010-06-25

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Defense1 Secretary Robert Gates says he fully2 supports President Obama's decision to appoint General David Petraeus to replace General Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan. And as NPR's Rachel Martin reports Gates says the strategy there won't change under the new leadership.

Both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Chairman of the Joint3 Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen are responding to the high-level personnel shakeup. Secretary Gates says moving General Petraeus from the head of central command over to Afghanistan to lead the war is the "best possible outcome to an awful situation". Admiral Mullen added that reading the Rolling Stone article that got McChrystal fired made him "physically4 ill". Gates says the military leadership in Afghanistan, now including Petraeus, fully supports the president's decision to begin a conditions-based drawdown of US troops by July of 2011. But Gates says his new top commander will have the flexibility5 to adjust war plans and submit recommendations to the president as he sees fit. Rachel Martin, NPR News, Washington.

President Obama says he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have reset6 the relationship between their countries. During a joint news conference at the White House today, Mr Obama acknowledged differences still exist, but he says they've been addressed candidly7. He also gave Moscow an unqualified endorsement8 for membership in the World Trade Organization. President Obama and other leaders of the world's major economies are preparing to go to Toronto for the G20 summit. Foreign leaders are already arriving amid tight security. Canadian police today searched a car near the summit site and found containers of gasoline and what are described as possible "axe9 handles". The driver was arrested.

The Supreme10 Court says a federal fraud law used to convict former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was misapplied by prosecutors11. From Dallas, NPR's Wade12 Goodwyn reports the ruling could benefit Skilling and others who've been convicted under the law.

Appellate courts have disagreed about what kinds of white collar crime are covered under the so-called honest services statute13. The law makes it a crime to "deprive another of the intangible right of honest service". It was widely agreed that kickbacks14 and bribery15 violated the law, but there was no evidence that Jeff Skilling, Ken16 Lay and Andrew Fastow took bribes17. They concocted18 a scheme to hide Enron's massive losses and inflate19 its profits. The Supreme Court said that's not a violation20 of the honest services statute. The court left open the possibility that Skilling's conviction on conspiracy21 charges might stand. The ruling throws the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to sort out and gives Skilling, who is incarcerated22 in a federal prison in Colorado, new hope. Wade Goodwyn, NPR News, Dallas.

Worries about the economic recovery weighed down stocks today, the Dow near the close down 135 points.

From Washington, this is NPR News.

Apple's newest iPhone has hit store shelves around the country and around the world. NPR's David Folkenflik is at an Apple store in New York.

A frenzy23 you want, a frenzy you'll get. Here outside the stylish24 Apple store in Midtown Manhattan, I spoke25 to Peeto de Los Angeles, a security guard from the Bronx. He'd been online for more than 11 hours.

"Well, this phone, the camera, has LED, has zoom26, has LED flash and the FaceTime."

FaceTime being the function that allows people to make video phone calls. The new phone is said to be sleeker27, quicker, lighter28 and have more battery power than its predecessors29. And it's the "ultimate of cool", according to Jill McQueen, a bartender from Kansas City, Missouri.

"It's awesome30, it's perfect, it's shiny, it's clean."

Consumers like her are likely to be pumping a lot more data through AT&T system, and some analysts31 ask whether that may ultimately slow the experience for users. David Folkenflik, NPR News, New York.

There is finally a victor in the marathon tennis match at Wimbledon. American John Isner hit a backhand passing shot for a winner today, finally prevailing32 in a match that lasted more than 11 hours spread over three days. The fifth set alone lasted more than eight hours. Isner says he and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut will always be linked.

"I don't think I've ever said five words to the guy prior to our match. Not that he is a bad guy, we just, you know. This is what it is. But now when I do see him in the locker33 room at other tournaments, you know, we will always be able to share that."

Isner collapsed34 on the Wimbledon grass after the winning shot, and then sprung back to his feet to applause from the crowd.

Again, and stocks down today, the NASDAQ at the close down 36 points.

I am Giles Snyder, NPR News from Washington.


1 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。
2 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
3 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。
4 physically iNix5     
  • He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。
  • Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。
5 flexibility vjPxb     
  • Her great strength lies in her flexibility.她的优势在于她灵活变通。
  • The flexibility of a man's muscles will lessen as he becomes old.人老了肌肉的柔韧性将降低。
6 reset rkHzYJ     
  • As soon as you arrive at your destination,step out of the aircraft and reset your wristwatch.你一到达目的地,就走出飞机并重新设置手表时间。
  • He is recovering from an operation to reset his arm.他做了一个手臂复位手术,正在恢复。
7 candidly YxwzQ1     
  • He has stopped taking heroin now,but admits candidly that he will always be a drug addict.他眼下已经不再吸食海洛因了,不过他坦言自己永远都是个瘾君子。
  • Candidly,David,I think you're being unreasonable.大卫,说实话我认为你不讲道理。
8 endorsement ApOxK     
  • We are happy to give the product our full endorsement.我们很高兴给予该产品完全的认可。
  • His presidential campaign won endorsement from several celebrities.他参加总统竞选得到一些社会名流的支持。
9 axe 2oVyI     
  • Be careful with that sharp axe.那把斧子很锋利,你要当心。
  • The edge of this axe has turned.这把斧子卷了刃了。
10 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
11 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
  • 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。
12 wade nMgzu     
  • We had to wade through the river to the opposite bank.我们只好涉水过河到对岸。
  • We cannot but wade across the river.我们只好趟水过去。
13 statute TGUzb     
  • Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute.保障消费者利益已在法令里作了规定。
  • The next section will consider this environmental statute in detail.下一部分将详细论述环境法令的问题。
14 kickbacks cd387b7f155951097a73538b40e21c28     
n.激烈反应( kickback的名词复数 );佣金,回扣
  • Everyone at City Hall is receiving kickbacks. It's the only way to get anything done there. 市政府里的每个人都收回扣,在那里只有送红包,事情才办得成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • G raft or kickbacks paid to officials or law enforcem ent authorities. 暗中付给官员或执法人员的回扣。 来自互联网
15 bribery Lxdz7Z     
  • FBI found out that the senator committed bribery.美国联邦调查局查明这个参议员有受贿行为。
  • He was charged with bribery.他被指控受贿。
16 ken k3WxV     
  • Such things are beyond my ken.我可不懂这些事。
  • Abstract words are beyond the ken of children.抽象的言辞超出小孩所理解的范围.
17 bribes f3132f875c572eefabf4271b3ea7b2ca     
n.贿赂( bribe的名词复数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂v.贿赂( bribe的第三人称单数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • corrupt officials accepting bribes 接受贿赂的贪官污吏
18 concocted 35ea2e5fba55c150ec3250ef12828dd2     
v.将(尤指通常不相配合的)成分混合成某物( concoct的过去式和过去分词 );调制;编造;捏造
  • The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish. 这种汤是用多达十几种不同的鱼熬制而成的。
  • Between them they concocted a letter. 他们共同策划写了一封信。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 inflate zbGz8     
  • The buyers bid against each other and often inflate the prices they pay.买主们竞相投标,往往人为地提高价钱。
  • Stuart jumped into the sea and inflated the liferaft.斯图尔特跳到海里给救生艇充气。
20 violation lLBzJ     
  • 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。
21 conspiracy NpczE     
  • The men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.这些人被裁决犯有阴谋杀人罪。
  • He claimed that it was all a conspiracy against him.他声称这一切都是一场针对他的阴谋。
22 incarcerated 6f3f447e42a1b3e317e14328c8068bd1     
  • They were incarcerated for the duration of the war. 战争期间,他们被关在狱中。 来自辞典例句
  • I don't want to worry them by being incarcerated. 我不想让他们知道我被拘禁的事情。 来自电影对白
23 frenzy jQbzs     
  • He was able to work the young students up into a frenzy.他能激起青年学生的狂热。
  • They were singing in a frenzy of joy.他们欣喜若狂地高声歌唱。
24 stylish 7tNwG     
  • He's a stylish dresser.他是个穿着很有格调的人。
  • What stylish women are wearing in Paris will be worn by women all over the world.巴黎女性时装往往会引导世界时装潮流。
25 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
26 zoom VenzWT     
  • The airplane's zoom carried it above the clouds.飞机的陡直上升使它飞到云层之上。
  • I live near an airport and the zoom of passing planes can be heard night and day.我住在一个飞机场附近,昼夜都能听到飞机飞过的嗡嗡声。
27 sleeker 63ae6c84f3e8aa40336a972aac9869f9     
  • As tight as a corset, the new speed suits make the wearer sleeker and more streamlined. 这种新型泳衣穿起来就像紧身胸衣,可使穿着者身形光滑,更具流线型。
  • When he became leaner and faster, his digital doppelganger also became sleeker and more fleet-footed. 当真科比变得更瘦并且更快,他的虚拟兄弟也变得灵动飞快。
28 lighter 5pPzPR     
  • The portrait was touched up so as to make it lighter.这张画经过润色,色调明朗了一些。
  • The lighter works off the car battery.引燃器利用汽车蓄电池打火。
29 predecessors b59b392832b9ce6825062c39c88d5147     
n.前任( predecessor的名词复数 );前辈;(被取代的)原有事物;前身
  • The new government set about dismantling their predecessors' legislation. 新政府正着手废除其前任所制定的法律。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Will new plan be any more acceptable than its predecessors? 新计划比原先的计划更能令人满意吗? 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 awesome CyCzdV     
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
31 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。
32 prevailing E1ozF     
  • She wears a fashionable hair style prevailing in the city.她的发型是这个城市流行的款式。
  • This reflects attitudes and values prevailing in society.这反映了社会上盛行的态度和价值观。
33 locker 8pzzYm     
  • At the swimming pool I put my clothes in a locker.在游泳池我把衣服锁在小柜里。
  • He moved into the locker room and began to slip out of his scrub suit.他走进更衣室把手术服脱下来。
34 collapsed cwWzSG     
  • Jack collapsed in agony on the floor. 杰克十分痛苦地瘫倒在地板上。
  • The roof collapsed under the weight of snow. 房顶在雪的重压下突然坍塌下来。
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