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NPR 2010-07-31

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Rescuers in Los Angeles are racing1 to find victims who may still be trapped in the rubble2 of a collapsed3 building. NPR's Mandalit del Barco was on the scene where, she says, a tampered4 gas line exploded.

Approximately 6:15 am, a welding factory in South LA, an industrial section of the city, exploded, killing5 at least two people, one of whom might have been a worker inside a building. His body was thrown from the explosion out into the street. Another victim was in a car, in a pickup6 truck actually, outside of the factory. And a wire fell on the truck and electrocuted him.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco.

North of Los Angeles in Palmdale, many residents are waiting to see if it's safe to return home in the wake of a spreading wildfire. Yesterday, thousands were evacuated8. Deputy Fire Chief Michael Bryant says the fire's driven by several factors.

"Three main components9: the fuel, we have very dry fuel; the slope that the fuel is on; and third is the wind."

The fire has burned about 12.5 square miles.

The economy is still growing, but not as fast as analysts10 had hoped. Gross domestic products grew 2.4% April to June, far slower than the first months of the year. PNC Financial's chief economist11 that is Stuart Hoffman says the news is promising12.

"Pretty much as expected, maybe just a touch of disappointment. But I would say that it still confirms the economy is in recovery, albeit13 one that is only half-speed."

President Obama attributes economic recovery in part to his administration's bailout of the auto14 industry and said as much today at a Chrysler plant in Michigan.

"The fact that we're standing15 in this magnificent factory today is a testament16 to the decisions we made and the sacrifices that you and countless17 stakeholders across this industry and this country were willing to make."

Three more American service members have died in Afghanistan. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports that July has been the deadliest month for Americans in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

Firefights and roadside bomb attacks took a heavy toll18 in July as a surge of 30,000 US troops pushed into new areas of the country. Officials say US-led NATO troops killed and captured hundreds of Taliban fighters and commanders, but at the price of about three US soldiers killed in action every day. Also today in Kabul, a road accident led to a riot when a vehicle carrying American contractors19 fatally collided with an Afghan civilian20 car. Four Afghans died in the accident near the road to Kabul airport. Angry protesters burned cars and shouted slogans against foreigners in Afghanistan before police'd dispersed21 the crowd. Quil Lawrence, NPR News, Kondoz, Afghanistan.

Not much movement in US stocks today. At last check, Dow was down one point at 10,466.

You're listening to NPR News.

Northwest Airlines will pay $38 million to settle price fixing allegations. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports on the settlement with the Justice Department.

Prosecutors22 say a cargo23 unit of Northwest Airlines conspired24 to fix prices for international shipments. Executives of the cargo unit met with competitors to boost rates they charged to customers who wanted to send equipment and food across the world. The cargo unit no longer operates, and Northwest Airlines was bought by Delta25 two years ago, but aftershocks from a long Justice Department investigation26 continue to be felt. In all, 16 airlines have pleaded guilty to breaking anti-trust laws by setting artificially high prices for cargo and flights between the US and Japan. The companies have agreed to pay more than $1.6 billion in fines. Four airline industry executives pleaded guilty, and another man is facing charges. Carrie Johnson, NPR News, Washington.

The Army private charged with leaking military secrets to Wikileaks has been moved from Kuwait to a jail in Virginia. However, the Pentagon is not saying if it believes Bradley Manning was responsible for leaking Afghanistan war documents to the whistleblowing website.

Pakistan is reeling from massive flooding that has killed more than 400 people and spread devastation27 across parts of the country. The government says the top priority was to evacuate7 the people who have been stranded28 by the deluge29.

In the US, the Commerce Department has a much better picture about the recession. Apparently30, it was worse than we thought last year. Revisions issued today, the government believes the economy shrank 2.6% in 2009, not 2.4% as previously thought


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1 racing 1ksz3w     
n.竞赛,赛马;adj.竞赛用的,赛马用的
参考例句:
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
2 rubble 8XjxP     
n.(一堆)碎石,瓦砾
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
3 collapsed cwWzSG     
adj.倒塌的
参考例句:
  • 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。
4 tampered 07b218b924120d49a725c36b06556000     
v.窜改( tamper的过去式 );篡改;(用不正当手段)影响;瞎摆弄
参考例句:
  • The records of the meeting had been tampered with. 会议记录已被人擅自改动。 来自辞典例句
  • The old man's will has been tampered with. 老人的遗嘱已被窜改。 来自辞典例句
5 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
6 pickup ANkxA     
n.拾起,获得
参考例句:
  • I would love to trade this car for a pickup truck.我愿意用这辆汽车换一辆小型轻便卡车。||The luck guy is a choice pickup for the girls.那位幸运的男孩是女孩子们想勾搭上的人。
7 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。
8 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
撤退者的
参考例句:
  • Police evacuated nearby buildings. 警方已将附近大楼的居民疏散。
  • The fireman evacuated the guests from the burning hotel. 消防队员把客人们从燃烧着的旅馆中撤出来。
9 components 4725dcf446a342f1473a8228e42dfa48     
(机器、设备等的)构成要素,零件,成分; 成分( component的名词复数 ); [物理化学]组分; [数学]分量; (混合物的)组成部分
参考例句:
  • the components of a machine 机器部件
  • Our chemistry teacher often reduces a compound to its components in lab. 在实验室中化学老师常把化合物分解为各种成分。
10 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。
11 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。
12 promising BkQzsk     
adj.有希望的,有前途的
参考例句:
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
13 albeit axiz0     
conj.即使;纵使;虽然
参考例句:
  • Albeit fictional,she seemed to have resolved the problem.虽然是虚构的,但是在她看来好象是解决了问题。
  • Albeit he has failed twice,he is not discouraged.虽然失败了两次,但他并没有气馁。
14 auto ZOnyW     
n.(=automobile)(口语)汽车
参考例句:
  • Don't park your auto here.别把你的汽车停在这儿。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽车工业把许多人吸引到了底特律。
15 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
16 testament yyEzf     
n.遗嘱;证明
参考例句:
  • This is his last will and testament.这是他的遗愿和遗嘱。
  • It is a testament to the power of political mythology.这说明,编造政治神话可以产生多大的威力。
17 countless 7vqz9L     
adj.无数的,多得不计其数的
参考例句:
  • In the war countless innocent people lost their lives.在这场战争中无数无辜的人丧失了性命。
  • I've told you countless times.我已经告诉你无数遍了。
18 toll LJpzo     
n.过路(桥)费;损失,伤亡人数;v.敲(钟)
参考例句:
  • 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。
19 contractors afd5c0fd2ee43e4ecee8159c7a7c63e4     
n.(建筑、监造中的)承包人( contractor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • We got estimates from three different contractors before accepting the lowest. 我们得到3个承包商的报价后,接受了最低的报价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Contractors winning construction jobs had to kick back 2 per cent of the contract price to the mafia. 赢得建筑工作的承包商得抽出合同价格的百分之二的回扣给黑手党。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 civilian uqbzl     
adj.平民的,民用的,民众的
参考例句:
  • There is no reliable information about civilian casualties.关于平民的伤亡还没有确凿的信息。
  • He resigned his commission to take up a civilian job.他辞去军职而从事平民工作。
21 dispersed b24c637ca8e58669bce3496236c839fa     
adj. 被驱散的, 被分散的, 散布的
参考例句:
  • The clouds dispersed themselves. 云散了。
  • After school the children dispersed to their homes. 放学后,孩子们四散回家了。
22 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。
23 cargo 6TcyG     
n.(一只船或一架飞机运载的)货物
参考例句:
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
24 conspired 6d377e365eb0261deeef136f58f35e27     
密谋( conspire的过去式和过去分词 ); 搞阴谋; (事件等)巧合; 共同导致
参考例句:
  • They conspired to bring about the meeting of the two people. 他们共同促成了两人的会面。
  • Bad weather and car trouble conspired to ruin our vacation. 恶劣的气候连同汽车故障断送了我们的假日。
25 delta gxvxZ     
n.(流的)角洲
参考例句:
  • He has been to the delta of the Nile.他曾去过尼罗河三角洲。
  • The Nile divides at its mouth and forms a delta.尼罗河在河口分岔,形成了一个三角洲。
26 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • 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。
27 devastation ku9zlF     
n.毁坏;荒废;极度震惊或悲伤
参考例句:
  • The bomb caused widespread devastation. 炸弹造成大面积破坏。
  • There was devastation on every side. 到处都是破坏的创伤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 stranded thfz18     
a.搁浅的,进退两难的
参考例句:
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
29 deluge a9nyg     
n./vt.洪水,暴雨,使泛滥
参考例句:
  • This little stream can become a deluge when it rains heavily.雨大的时候,这条小溪能变作洪流。
  • I got caught in the deluge on the way home.我在回家的路上遇到倾盆大雨。
30 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
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