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NPR 2011-04-04

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Seventy-nine Southwest's planes remain grounded after a hole tore the fuselage open in a plane out of Phoenix1 Friday. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports the issue of metal fatigue2 is not new to Southwest.

The plane damaged Friday was a 15-year-old Boeing 737-300. A Southwest spokesperson says many of that make have had their aluminum3 skins replaced, but those planes grounded have not. The Associated Press reports that a year ago the plane damaged Friday was found to have eight instances of cracking in its frame, and records show all were repaired. Two years ago, Southwest was charged with missing required safety inspections4 for cracks and paid a $7.5 million settlement. Shortly afterwards, a hole ripped open in the plane's fuselage. The cause there was found to be metal fatigue. Jennifer Ludden, NPR News.

Pakistani authorities say a suicide bombing at a shrine5 in Punjab left dozens dead today. From Islamabad, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that police did manage to apprehend6 a suspect.

The two attackers who authorities say were between 13 and 15 struck in Dera Ghazi Khan in the Punjab. They took advantage of several thousand people gathering7 to mark the annual anniversary of the shrine of Sakhi Sarwar Darbar. Eyewitnesses8 described the wounded bomber9 was surprised by his failure to blow himself up. His dead companion, however, caused maximum damage at the Sufi shrine, where the practice of singing and meditating10 is a long-established part of religious life here, but al-Qaeda-linked Taliban militants11, who reportedly claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, abhor12 the unorthodox Sufi interpretation13 of Islam. Last year, dozens of people were killed in Lahore when bombers14 struck Pakistan's most revered15 shrine, known as Data Darbar. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.

A Japanese official says it could be months before a tsunami-ravaged nuclear power plant is under control. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has more from Tokyo.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said that work on the crippled reactors16 would face a crucial turning point in the next few months, but finally resolving the situation would take longer. Workers are still struggling to restore damaged cooling systems and plug cracks leaking radioactive water. Today, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, confirmed the deaths of two young workers. Their bodies were not discovered until Wednesday as radioactivity prevented workers from searching the area. Prime Minister Nanto Kan, meanwhile, visited an emergency shelter in Fukushima Prefecture, pledging government help and providing evacuees17 with temporary housing. Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Tokyo.

An envoy18 for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi reportedly is in Athens with a message for Greek officials from Qaddafi. There're no details about that meeting.

This is NPR.

Congress has until Friday to come up with the budget to keep the government running. No one's predicting a deadlock19 yet. On CBS "Face the Nation", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he's optimistic.

"I think we'll get together. I think there are enough Red State Democrats20 who do not want to take this fight any further. They do want to be seen as reducing spending."

But tough debates are ahead. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says he's looking at $4 trillion in spending cuts in the coming decade, including changes in Medicare and Medicaid.

A wildfire in Colorado has forced home evacuations near Fort Collins. We get more on the story from Conrad Wilson of member station KDNK in Carpendale, Colorado.

High winds stoked the blaze that ballooned from just 25 acres Saturday to now over 2,000 acres. Firefighters ordered about 300 homes be evacuated21 and say there could be more. Eyewitnesses report at least one home was burned, and according to Larimer County Sheriff's Office, those watching the fire hope that's the extent of the damage. More firefighting agencies are expected to arrive on the scene tonight, including air support. Officials say even though winds are strong, a cold front is moving in along with some rain and snow expected later. They say that should help firefighters' efforts. For NPR News, I'm Conrad Wilson in Carpendale, Colorado.

At the box office this weekend, the top spot is claimed by the Easter Bunny. Russel Brand's family comedy "Hop22" debuted23 at No.1.

"A human Easter bunny? Come on, Fred. It doesn't make sense."

The movie scored $38 million in sales.

I'm Louise Schiavone, NPR News, Washington.


1 phoenix 7Njxf     
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
2 fatigue PhVzV     
  • The old lady can't bear the fatigue of a long journey.这位老妇人不能忍受长途旅行的疲劳。
  • I have got over my weakness and fatigue.我已从虚弱和疲劳中恢复过来了。
3 aluminum 9xhzP     
  • The aluminum sheets cannot be too much thicker than 0.04 inches.铝板厚度不能超过0.04英寸。
  • During the launch phase,it would ride in a protective aluminum shell.在发射阶段,它盛在一只保护的铝壳里。
4 inspections c445f9a2296d8835cd7d4a2da50fc5ca     
n.检查( inspection的名词复数 );检验;视察;检阅
  • Regular inspections are carried out at the prison. 经常有人来视察这座监狱。
  • Government inspections ensure a high degree of uniformity in the standard of service. 政府检查确保了在服务标准方面的高度一致。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 shrine 0yfw7     
  • The shrine was an object of pilgrimage.这处圣地是人们朝圣的目的地。
  • They bowed down before the shrine.他们在神龛前鞠躬示敬。
6 apprehend zvqzq     
  • I apprehend no worsening of the situation.我不担心局势会恶化。
  • Police have not apprehended her killer.警察还未抓获谋杀她的凶手。
7 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
8 eyewitnesses 6217fe51ef2c875c4e639599af425dc6     
目击者( eyewitness的名词复数 )
  • The examination of all the eyewitnesses took a week. 对所有证人的质询用了一周的时间。
  • Several eyewitnesses testified that they saw the officers hit Miller in the face. 几位目击证人证明他们看见那几个警官打了米勒的脸。
9 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
10 meditating hoKzDp     
  • They were meditating revenge. 他们在谋划进行报复。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics. 这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
11 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
12 abhor 7y4z7     
  • They abhor all forms of racial discrimination.他们憎恶任何形式的种族歧视。
  • They abhor all the nations who have different ideology and regime.他们仇视所有意识形态和制度与他们不同的国家。
13 interpretation P5jxQ     
  • His statement admits of one interpretation only.他的话只有一种解释。
  • Analysis and interpretation is a very personal thing.分析与说明是个很主观的事情。
14 bombers 38202cf84a1722d1f7273ea32117f60d     
n.轰炸机( bomber的名词复数 );投弹手;安非他明胶囊;大麻叶香烟
  • Enemy bombers carried out a blitz on the city. 敌军轰炸机对这座城市进行了突袭。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The Royal Airforce sill remained dangerously short of bombers. 英国皇家空军仍未脱离极为缺乏轰炸机的危境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 revered 1d4a411490949024694bf40d95a0d35f     
v.崇敬,尊崇,敬畏( revere的过去式和过去分词 )
  • A number of institutions revered and respected in earlier times have become Aunt Sally for the present generation. 一些早年受到尊崇的惯例,现在已经成了这代人嘲弄的对象了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The Chinese revered corn as a gift from heaven. 中国人将谷物奉为上天的恩赐。 来自辞典例句
16 reactors 774794d45796c1ac60b7fda5e55a878b     
起反应的人( reactor的名词复数 ); 反应装置; 原子炉; 核反应堆
  • The TMI nuclear facility has two reactors. 三哩岛核设施有两个反应堆。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
  • The earliest production reactors necessarily used normal uranium as fuel. 最早为生产用的反应堆,必须使用普通铀作为燃料。
17 evacuees 68c032ac020acca4ffde7910b32b673f     
n.被疏散者( evacuee的名词复数 )
  • Moreover, for multi-exits, evacuees select a exit based on game theory. 在有多个出口时,疏散人员根据对策论选择出口。 来自互联网
  • Evacuees wade through flooded area following heavy monsoon rains in Peshawar on Saturday, July 31, 2010. 撤离灾区涉水通过后在白沙瓦沉重的季风降雨在周六,2010年7月31日。 来自互联网
18 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。
19 deadlock mOIzU     
  • The negotiations reached a deadlock after two hours.两小时后,谈判陷入了僵局。
  • The employers and strikers are at a deadlock over the wage.雇主和罢工者在工资问题上相持不下。
20 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
  • 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。
22 hop vdJzL     
  • The children had a competition to see who could hop the fastest.孩子们举行比赛,看谁单足跳跃最快。
  • How long can you hop on your right foot?你用右脚能跳多远?
23 debuted b3e2d85131439fe8678f6628fda0ec90     
  • In late 2003 a full-size SUV, the Pathfinder Armada, debuted. 2003年末,全尺寸SUV的探路者无敌舰队,推出。
  • The album debuted at number two and quickly went platinum. 专辑一亮相就荣登排行榜第二名,很快就取得了白金销量。
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