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NPR 2010-07-17

时间:2010-08-05 02:48来源:互联网 提供网友:王妃璨   字体: [ ]

BP says early test results from its blown-out well in the Gulf1 of Mexico are not calls for alarm, but aren't calls for celebration either. Scientists have been spending today studying what's happening in the well now that the flow of oil has stopped. NPR's Richard Harris has the latest.

The test was designed to build pressure up inside the well, so BP can evaluate what shape it's in. The pressure results fall into a gray area, not the lowest to the alarming, but not high enough to be completely reassuring2. So it will take more analysis yet before BP and the government decide whether to leave the well shut or whether to open it up again. If the valves are open, more oil will spill into the Gulf of Mexico until BP can gear up production on oil-collecting ships. That will probably take several days. BP has surveyed the seafloor for any signs of oil leakage3 around the well and through the sediment4. They say they have not found anything of concern. Richard Harris, NPR News.

The federal government is touting5 the largest Medicare fraud bust6 in US history. Attorney General Eric Holder7.

"Ninety-four people in five cities have been charged for their participation8 in schemes to submit more than $251 million in false Medicare claims."

As of this morning, at least 36 people were arrested during raids.

Utah's identifying at least two state workers accused of unlawfully creating a list of purported9 illegal immigrants. Governor Gary Herbert says that government employees used confidential10 data to draft a list of 1,300 people, some of whom were confirmed not to be of illegal status. But the names were distributed to law enforcement officials and newsrooms and sparked widespread fear in the Latino communities. The employees have been placed on administrative11 leave.

Eastern European economies are bouncing back from the financial crisis faster than their Western European counterparts. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels on new World Bank figures showing the first period of growth since 2008.

The European Union's eastern economies grew by an average of 0.8% in the first quarter of this year. That's up from a 2.1% slump12 in the last quarter of 2009. The Western EU states posted a rise of 0.6%. The World Bank warns the growth is uneven13. Half of the ten Eastern European members actually continue to decline economically, but a strong surge in the others, most notably14 Poland and Slovakia, brought up the average. Next year's forecast puts the eastern economies on an even faster track. They're expected to grow by 3.6%, more than double the figure expected for the Western EU. For NPR News, I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels.

Mixed economic news out today leads to a downward trend in US stocks. Last check on Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average down 261 points at 10,098, NASDAQ down 70 at 2,179.

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Military officials in Mexico have announced that an explosion in the border city of Juarez late yesterday was indeed a car bomb. NPR's Jason Beaubien has more from Mexico City.

Car bombs have not generally been part of the notoriously brutal15 Mexican drug cartels' arsenals16 until now. A spokesman for the Mexican military in Juarez says they found residue17 of roughly ten kilos of C4 at the site of Thursday's explosion. Officials say a green Ford18 Focus rammed19 to federal police vehicles and then exploded. The attack in a busy intersection20 in Juarez killed two policemen and a paramedic. It also left seven other officers, three paramedics and a TV cameraman injured. The military spokesman says the explosives were wired to a cell phone and set off remotely some time after the collision. The Juarez cartel claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was a reprisal21 for the arrest hours earlier of one of their top leaders. Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Mexico City.

Southern California is bracing22 for thunderstorms and lightning strikes like those that started dozens of fires yesterday. They include a 970-acre blaze in Riverside County that's 10% contained. National Weather Service has also issued an excessive heat warning through Sunday. That could make firefighting efforts more challenging.

It's been nearly 12 hours, but Washington area residents are still talking about the earthquake this morning that many initially23 mistook for a passing truck or train or something. It was a magnitude 3.6, just a jolt compared to what California gets but quite rare for the East Coast region, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries


1 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。
2 reassuring vkbzHi     
  • He gave her a reassuring pat on the shoulder. 他轻拍了一下她的肩膀让她放心。
  • With a reassuring pat on her arm, he left. 他鼓励地拍了拍她的手臂就离开了。
3 leakage H1dxq     
  • Large areas of land have been contaminated by the leakage from the nuclear reactor.大片地区都被核反应堆的泄漏物污染了。
  • The continuing leakage is the result of the long crack in the pipe.这根管子上的那一条裂缝致使渗漏不断。
4 sediment IsByK     
  • The sediment settled and the water was clear.杂质沉淀后,水变清了。
  • Sediment begins to choke the channel's opening.沉积物开始淤塞河道口。
5 touting 4d75f17b3549c92164bbfc96b4ef2275     
v.兜售( tout的现在分词 );招揽;侦查;探听赛马情报
  • He's been touting his novel around publishers for years. 他几年来一直到处找出版商兜售自己的小说。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Technology industry leaders are touting cars as a hot area for growth. 科技产业领袖吹捧为增长热点地区的汽车。 来自互联网
6 bust WszzB     
  • I dropped my camera on the pavement and bust it. 我把照相机掉在人行道上摔坏了。
  • She has worked up a lump of clay into a bust.她把一块黏土精心制作成一个半身像。
7 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
8 participation KS9zu     
  • Some of the magic tricks called for audience participation.有些魔术要求有观众的参与。
  • The scheme aims to encourage increased participation in sporting activities.这个方案旨在鼓励大众更多地参与体育活动。
9 purported 31d1b921ac500fde8e1c5f9c5ed88fe1     
adj.传说的,谣传的v.声称是…,(装得)像是…的样子( purport的过去式和过去分词 )
  • the scene of the purported crime 传闻中的罪案发生地点
  • The film purported to represent the lives of ordinary people. 这部影片声称旨在表现普通人的生活。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 confidential MOKzA     
  • He refused to allow his secretary to handle confidential letters.他不让秘书处理机密文件。
  • We have a confidential exchange of views.我们推心置腹地交换意见。
11 administrative fzDzkc     
  • The administrative burden must be lifted from local government.必须解除地方政府的行政负担。
  • He regarded all these administrative details as beneath his notice.他认为行政管理上的这些琐事都不值一顾。
12 slump 4E8zU     
  • She is in a slump in her career.她处在事业的低谷。
  • Economists are forecasting a slump.经济学家们预言将发生经济衰退。
13 uneven akwwb     
  • The sidewalk is very uneven—be careful where you walk.这人行道凹凸不平—走路时请小心。
  • The country was noted for its uneven distribution of land resources.这个国家以土地资源分布不均匀出名。
14 notably 1HEx9     
  • Many students were absent,notably the monitor.许多学生缺席,特别是连班长也没来。
  • A notably short,silver-haired man,he plays basketball with his staff several times a week.他个子明显较为矮小,一头银发,每周都会和他的员工一起打几次篮球。
15 brutal bSFyb     
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
16 arsenals 8089144f6cfbc1853e8d2b8b9043553d     
n.兵工厂,军火库( arsenal的名词复数 );任何事物的集成
  • 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
17 residue 6B0z1     
  • Mary scraped the residue of food from the plates before putting them under water.玛丽在把盘子放入水之前先刮去上面的食物残渣。
  • Pesticide persistence beyond the critical period for control leads to residue problems.农药一旦超过控制的临界期,就会导致残留问题。
18 Ford KiIxx     
  • They were guarding the bridge,so we forded the river.他们驻守在那座桥上,所以我们只能涉水过河。
  • If you decide to ford a stream,be extremely careful.如果已决定要涉过小溪,必须极度小心。
19 rammed 99b2b7e6fc02f63b92d2b50ea750a532     
v.夯实(土等)( ram的过去式和过去分词 );猛撞;猛压;反复灌输
  • Two passengers were injured when their taxi was rammed from behind by a bus. 公共汽车从后面撞来,出租车上的两位乘客受了伤。
  • I rammed down the earth around the newly-planted tree. 我将新栽的树周围的土捣硬。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 intersection w54xV     
n.交集,十字路口,交叉点;[计算机] 交集
  • There is a stop sign at an intersection.在交叉路口处有停车标志。
  • Bridges are used to avoid the intersection of a railway and a highway.桥用来避免铁路和公路直接交叉。
21 reprisal iCSyW     
  • There is no political alternative but a big reprisal.政治上没有旁的选择只能是大规模报复。
  • They bombed civilian targets in reprisal.他们炮轰平民目标作为报复。
22 bracing oxQzcw     
  • The country is bracing itself for the threatened enemy invasion. 这个国家正准备奋起抵抗敌人的入侵威胁。
  • The atmosphere in the new government was bracing. 新政府的气氛是令人振奋的。
23 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
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