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NPR 2011-03-04

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Pam Coulter.

President Obama wants to reduce drug violence in the neighborhood. After a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House, Mr. Obama said US efforts are producing some success.

"The United States accepts our shared responsibility for the drug violence. So to combat the southbound flow of guns and money, we are screening all southbound rail cargo1, seizing many more guns bound for Mexico, and we are putting more gun runners behind bars."

Three weeks ago, a US customs agent was shot and killed in northern Mexico with a gun smuggled2 in from the US. The two leaders also announced a deal to allow Mexican trucks in the US if they meet US safety standards.

There was more political turmoil3 in post-Mubarak Egypt. The prime minister was resigned and has been replaced by a former minister from ousted4 President Hosni Mubarak's administration. In Cairo, NPR's Jason Beaubien says the reshuffling comes as demonstrators call for even more changes in the government.

The military council that's ruling Egypt announced Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq's resignation in a brief statement on the Internet. The army said he'll be replaced by Essam Sharaf, who served as transportation minister for Mubarak. Shafiq was a controversial figure. He'd been appointed after the pro-democracy demonstration5 started as a gesture by Mubarak that he was delegating power away from himself. Protesters and opposition6 leaders, however, view Shafiq as a remnant of the Mubarak regime and have been calling for Shafiq to be fired. Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Cairo.

Remember that big oil spill in the Gulf7 of Mexico last year? Well, oil giant BP is withholding8 bonuses for two deported9 executives who were in charge of operations there. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports BP claims it's now a changed company.

It's BP's first annual report since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing10 11 rig workers and unleashing11 the worst offshore12 oil spill in US history. In a video introduction to the document, CEO Bob Dudley says the tragedy shocked and saddened the company.

"2010 stands as an inflection point for BP and our industry. We understand that a return to business as usual is not an option."

Dudley is not taking a bonus for 2010, and the two officers who left in the wake of the oil disaster, CEO Tony Hayward and head of exploration and production Andy Inglis, won't be getting bonuses either. Debbie Elliott, NPR News.

A Salt Lake City jury is deliberating the case against an environmental activist13 who admits to purposely disrupting a 2008 federal oil-and-gas auction14. Tim DeChristopher says he was taking a stand against climate change.

Stocks are a lot higher this afternoon. On Wall Street, the Dow is up 214 points, NASDAQ ahead 53, and the S&P up 23.

This is NPR.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and members of his inner circle are already facing sanctions by the international community. And now, they're facing possible prosecution15 in The Hague. The prosecutor16 of the International Criminal Court says he'll investigate Gaddafi, some of his sons and closest associates for possible crimes against humanity in the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

At least three people have been killed, and a score injured at a governing party rally in Nigeria. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports the latest violence comes a month before a key presidential election in a charged political climate.

Witnesses say an explosive device was thrown from a car near the capital Abuja. It appears the target was an election rally held by the president's People's Democratic Party in the nearby town of Suleja. The police say the device landed close to where market women were trading. This is the latest apparent act of political violence in Nigeria, which has been blighted17 by sporadic18 bomb attacks since deadly explosions disrupted 50th independence anniversary celebrations last October. Election campaign period is often fraught19 with disturbances20 in Nigeria, Africa's leading crude oil exporter and the continent's most populous21 nation. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Accra.

A Northwestern University psychology22 professor is in some hot water. The school's president says Professor John Michael Bailey showed poor judgment23 in allowing a couple to engage in a sex act in front of dozens of students. President Morton Schapiro ordered an investigation24 of the incident that occurred in Bailey's human sexuality class.

Pam Coulter, NPR News, Washington.


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1 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。
2 smuggled 3cb7c6ce5d6ead3b1e56eeccdabf595b     
水货
参考例句:
  • The customs officer confiscated the smuggled goods. 海关官员没收了走私品。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Those smuggled goods have been detained by the port office. 那些走私货物被港务局扣押了。 来自互联网
3 turmoil CKJzj     
n.骚乱,混乱,动乱
参考例句:
  • His mind was in such a turmoil that he couldn't get to sleep.内心的纷扰使他无法入睡。
  • The robbery put the village in a turmoil.抢劫使全村陷入混乱。
4 ousted 1c8f4f95f3bcc86657d7ec7543491ed6     
驱逐( oust的过去式和过去分词 ); 革职; 罢黜; 剥夺
参考例句:
  • He was ousted as chairman. 他的主席职务被革除了。
  • He may be ousted by a military takeover. 他可能在一场军事接管中被赶下台。
5 demonstration 9waxo     
n.表明,示范,论证,示威
参考例句:
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
6 opposition eIUxU     
n.反对,敌对
参考例句:
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
7 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。
8 withholding 7eXzD6     
扣缴税款
参考例句:
  • She was accused of withholding information from the police. 她被指控对警方知情不报。
  • The judge suspected the witness was withholding information. 法官怀疑见证人在隐瞒情况。
9 deported 97686e795f0449007421091b03c3297e     
v.将…驱逐出境( deport的过去式和过去分词 );举止
参考例句:
  • They stripped me of my citizenship and deported me. 他们剥夺我的公民资格,将我驱逐出境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The convicts were deported to a deserted island. 罪犯们被流放到一个荒岛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 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。
11 unleashing 8742c1b567c83ec8d9e14c8aeacbc729     
v.把(感情、力量等)释放出来,发泄( unleash的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Company logos: making people's life better by unleashing Cummins power. 公司理念:以康明斯动力建设更美好的生活! 来自互联网
  • Sooner or later the dam will burst, unleashing catastrophic destruction. 否则堤坝将崩溃,酿成灾难。 来自互联网
12 offshore FIux8     
adj.海面的,吹向海面的;adv.向海面
参考例句:
  • A big program of oil exploration has begun offshore.一个大规模的石油勘探计划正在近海展开。
  • A gentle current carried them slowly offshore.和缓的潮流慢慢地把他们带离了海岸。
13 activist gyAzO     
n.活动分子,积极分子
参考例句:
  • He's been a trade union activist for many years.多年来他一直是工会的积极分子。
  • He is a social activist in our factory.他是我厂的社会活动积极分子。
14 auction 3uVzy     
n.拍卖;拍卖会;vt.拍卖
参考例句:
  • They've put the contents of their house up for auction.他们把房子里的东西全都拿去拍卖了。
  • They bought a new minibus with the proceeds from the auction.他们用拍卖得来的钱买了一辆新面包车。
15 prosecution uBWyL     
n.起诉,告发,检举,执行,经营
参考例句:
  • The Smiths brought a prosecution against the organizers.史密斯家对组织者们提出起诉。
  • He attempts to rebut the assertion made by the prosecution witness.他试图反驳原告方证人所作的断言。
16 prosecutor 6RXx1     
n.起诉人;检察官,公诉人
参考例句:
  • The defender argued down the prosecutor at the court.辩护人在法庭上驳倒了起诉人。
  • The prosecutor would tear your testimony to pieces.检查官会把你的证言驳得体无完肤。
17 blighted zxQzsD     
adj.枯萎的,摧毁的
参考例句:
  • Blighted stems often canker.有病的茎往往溃烂。
  • She threw away a blighted rose.她把枯萎的玫瑰花扔掉了。
18 sporadic PT0zT     
adj.偶尔发生的 [反]regular;分散的
参考例句:
  • The sound of sporadic shooting could still be heard.仍能听见零星的枪声。
  • You know this better than I.I received only sporadic news about it.你们比我更清楚,而我听到的只是零星消息。
19 fraught gfpzp     
adj.充满…的,伴有(危险等)的;忧虑的
参考例句:
  • The coming months will be fraught with fateful decisions.未来数月将充满重大的决定。
  • There's no need to look so fraught!用不着那么愁眉苦脸的!
20 disturbances a0726bd74d4516cd6fbe05e362bc74af     
n.骚乱( disturbance的名词复数 );打扰;困扰;障碍
参考例句:
  • The government has set up a commission of inquiry into the disturbances at the prison. 政府成立了一个委员会来调查监狱骚乱事件。
  • Extra police were called in to quell the disturbances. 已调集了增援警力来平定骚乱。
21 populous 4ORxV     
adj.人口稠密的,人口众多的
参考例句:
  • London is the most populous area of Britain.伦敦是英国人口最稠密的地区。
  • China is the most populous developing country in the world.中国是世界上人口最多的发展中国家。
22 psychology U0Wze     
n.心理,心理学,心理状态
参考例句:
  • She has a background in child psychology.她受过儿童心理学的教育。
  • He studied philosophy and psychology at Cambridge.他在剑桥大学学习哲学和心理学。
23 judgment e3xxC     
n.审判;判断力,识别力,看法,意见
参考例句:
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
24 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。
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