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NPR 2010-09-18

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The FBI has custody1 of a couple charged with conspiring2 to attempt to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. Department of Justice spokesman Dean Boyd says a scientist and his wife appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"The defendants3 had previously4 worked as contractors5 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where they held security clearances7 that provided them access to classified nuclear weapons data."

Boyd says the couple did not negotiate with the Venezuelan government, as they thought rather they were talking with an undercover agent.

President Obama names consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren as a special adviser8 to help set up a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"Three years ago she came up with an idea for a new independent agency that would have one simple overriding9 mission: standing10 up for consumers and middle-class families."

The formal announcement at the White House comes a day after the Census11 Bureau reported the poverty rate in 2009 rose to its highest level in more than 15 years. And a separate study by the Federal Reserve finds Americans' wealth shrank in the spring for the first time since early last year. Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent last month, as food and energy costs moved up. The Labor6 Department's Consumer Price Index is just slightly above forecast. Mesirow Financial chief economist12 Diane Swonk says the report's not encouraging.

"It's not good enough kind of like the rest of the economy. The economy is growing, but not enough. Everything in the economy today seems to be not enough, and that's exactly where we are with CPI inflation not enough. Usually in the past, we'd like to see things not so hot. Now, it's, um, the porridge is too cold."

Looking at numbers from Wall Street, the Dow was up ten points at last check at 10,605.

BP crews are starting to permanently13 plug the blown-out oil well in the Gulf14 of Mexico with cement. A spokesman says BP no longer needs to pump mud into the well at the same time because pressure from the well isn't a problem.

A merger15 to create the world's largest airline is one step closer to becoming final. Chicago Public Radio's Tony Arnold has details.

Shareholders16 from both Chicago-based United and Houston-based Continental17 Airlines voted to approve the proposed merger this morning. The deal involves a three-billion-dollar stock swap18. Basili Alukos is an airlines analyst19 for Morningstar. He says the hardest part of the merger appears to be over, but there're still plenty of issues with the unions to work out.

"There're still some challenges, and especially in, you know, unionized workforces20 or unionized companies as dealing21 with the integration22 of the two workforces and how are labor contrasts gonna be figured out."

The United Continental deal's expected to close next month, but there're still some odds23 and ends that could keep air travelers from seeing the new United Airlines for another year. For NPR News, I'm Tony Arnold in Chicago.

Revisiting Wall Street, Dow's (was) up ten at 10,605, NASDAQ up 12 at 2,316.

This is NPR News.

A choir24 at Westminster Abbey honoring a visit by Pope Benedict XVI on his second day of his trip to Britain. Earlier, the trip was marred25 by the arrests of six people accused of plotting an attack on the pontiff.

The US special envoy26 on Afghanistan and Pakistan says that tomorrow's Afghan parliamentary elections are likely to be imperfect and their outcome ambiguous. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Islamabad that Holbrooke has been surveying flood damage in Pakistan.

Holbrooke said that the most notable thing about the Afghan elections is that they're taking place at all given the Taliban's threats to disrupt them.

"They're gonna be flawed. We've had experience in our country with flawed elections and not in the middle of the war. So we're not looking for perfection here."

Holbrooke added that ongoing27 US drone strikes in northwest Pakistan have succeeded in damaging militant28 groups fighting US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

"I think great, great damage has been done to some of these elements, and that damage has improved our national security."

This month has seen the most US drone strikes in Pakistan in the past six years. Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Islamabad.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is asking its members for two billion dollars to help Pakistan's flood victims. Officials say the money's intended to address humanitarian29 needs of as many as 14 million people for the next year.

Citigroup plans to sell its student loan business and other assets to student lenders Sallie Mae and Discover Financial Services. The bank says it’ll take a 500-million dollar hit on this deal in the third quarter.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News in Washington.


1 custody Qntzd     
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
2 conspiring 6ea0abd4b4aba2784a9aa29dd5b24fa0     
密谋( conspire的现在分词 ); 搞阴谋; (事件等)巧合; 共同导致
  • They were accused of conspiring against the king. 他们被指控阴谋反对国王。
  • John Brown and his associates were tried for conspiring to overthrow the slave states. 约翰·布朗和他的合伙者们由于密谋推翻实行奴隶制度的美国各州而被审讯。
3 defendants 7d469c27ef878c3ccf7daf5b6ab392dc     
被告( defendant的名词复数 )
  • The courts heard that the six defendants had been coerced into making a confession. 法官审判时发现6位被告人曾被迫承认罪行。
  • As in courts, the defendants are represented by legal counsel. 与法院相同,被告有辩护律师作为代表。 来自英汉非文学 - 政府文件
4 previously bkzzzC     
  • The bicycle tyre blew out at a previously damaged point.自行车胎在以前损坏过的地方又爆开了。
  • Let me digress for a moment and explain what had happened previously.让我岔开一会儿,解释原先发生了什么。
5 contractors afd5c0fd2ee43e4ecee8159c7a7c63e4     
n.(建筑、监造中的)承包人( contractor的名词复数 )
  • 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》
6 labor P9Tzs     
  • 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。
7 clearances ec40aa102b878fb9d47b3f1882c46eb4     
清除( clearance的名词复数 ); 许可; (录用或准许接触机密以前的)审查许可; 净空
  • But I can't get to him without clearances. 但是没有证明我就没法见到他。
  • The bridge and the top of the bus was only ten clearances. 桥与公共汽车车顶之间的间隙只有十厘米。
8 adviser HznziU     
  • They employed me as an adviser.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • Our department has engaged a foreign teacher as phonetic adviser.我们系已经聘请了一位外籍老师作为语音顾问。
9 overriding TmUz3n     
  • Development is of overriding importance. 发展是硬道理
  • My overriding concern is to raise the standards of state education. 我最关心的是提高国民教育水平。
10 standing 2hCzgo     
  • 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。
11 census arnz5     
  • A census of population is taken every ten years.人口普查每10年进行一次。
  • The census is taken one time every four years in our country.我国每四年一次人口普查。
12 economist AuhzVs     
  • 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。
13 permanently KluzuU     
  • The accident left him permanently scarred.那次事故给他留下了永久的伤疤。
  • The ship is now permanently moored on the Thames in London.该船现在永久地停泊在伦敦泰晤士河边。
14 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。
15 merger vCJxG     
  • Acceptance of the offer is the first step to a merger.对这项提议的赞同是合并的第一步。
  • Shareholders will be voting on the merger of the companies.股东们将投票表决公司合并问题。
16 shareholders 7d3b0484233cf39bc3f4e3ebf97e69fe     
n.股东( shareholder的名词复数 )
  • 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
17 continental Zazyk     
  • A continental climate is different from an insular one.大陆性气候不同于岛屿气候。
  • The most ancient parts of the continental crust are 4000 million years old.大陆地壳最古老的部分有40亿年历史。
18 swap crnwE     
  • I will swap you my bicycle for your radio.我想拿我的自行车换你的收音机。
  • This comic was a swap that I got from Nick.这本漫画书是我从尼克那里换来的。
19 analyst gw7zn     
  • What can you contribute to the position of a market analyst?你有什么技能可有助于市场分析员的职务?
  • The analyst is required to interpolate values between standards.分析人员需要在这些标准中插入一些值。
20 workforces 27a0c16621cdc7b12c54c03ea876dda1     
全体员工( workforce的名词复数 ); (国家或行业等)劳动力; 劳动大军; 劳动人口
  • The Web has allowed companies to become more distributed and workforces to become more flexible. 网站已允许各公司更加分散,工作队伍也变得更加灵活。
  • They are large centres of business in their own with skilled workforces and business-friendly environments. 从自身条件来说,它们都是大型商业中心,拥有大批技能型劳动力和友好的商业运作环境。
21 dealing NvjzWP     
  • 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。
22 integration G5Pxk     
  • We are working to bring about closer political integration in the EU.我们正在努力实现欧盟內部更加紧密的政治一体化。
  • This was the greatest event in the annals of European integration.这是欧洲统一史上最重大的事件。
23 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
24 choir sX0z5     
  • The choir sang the words out with great vigor.合唱团以极大的热情唱出了歌词。
  • The church choir is singing tonight.今晚教堂歌唱队要唱诗。
25 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。
26 envoy xoLx7     
  • Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.他们的代表对我方的提议毫无回应的迹象。
  • The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.政府尚未向这一地区派过外交官。
27 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
28 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
29 humanitarian kcoxQ     
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
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