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NPR 2011-06-16

时间:2011-07-05 01:12来源:互联网 提供网友:ssoo   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh.

Stocks are down sharply partly on news of more uncertainty1 out of Greece. Thousands of protesters gathering2 in Athens today outrage3 about deep cutbacks. The Greek government says the country needs the cuts remain eligible4 for an internationally-backed financial rescue, signaling a looming5 impact on other nations. Moody's says it may downgrade the credit ratings of France's three largest banks because of their exposure to Greek debt. Hours ago, the prime minister of Greece announced he would form a new government and seek a vote of confidence.

Investors6 aren't too happy about data on the US economy either. The Consumer Price Index rose more than expected in May. A survey of manufacturers in the New York area found a slowdown over activity, and Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist7 at the Economy Outlook Group in Princeton, New Jersey8, says overall industrial production has been flat.

"You would expect the industrial production numbers to be a lot higher, now that we're two years into the economic recovery. But it's not. It's crawling around, and, and this is simply a reflection of an economy that has been sputtering9 this year, as a result of many forces that are dragging economic activity down."

The Dow was down 180 points before the close at 11,896, about 1.5%; Nasdaq down more than 1.5% at 2,631.

Ten Democratic and Republican lawmakers are suing President Obama for taking military action against Libya without war authorization10 from Congress. Democratic Congressman11 Dennis Kucinich of Ohio was among the plaintiffs. Earlier, the White House said it planned to send Congress a detailed12 response to questions about the US's military role in Libya.

Hundreds of Pakistani journalists rallied before parliament today, demanding the government investigate last month's murder of an investigative journalist. From Islamabad, NPR's Julie McCarthy has details.

"We want justice. We want justice."

Pakistan's journalists demanding justice for their colleague Syed Saleem Shahzad abducted13 and killed late last month. His tortured body was dumped eight miles from the capital. The case has ignited a public outcry. Carrying banners that read "Respect the Voice of Dissent," Pakistan's journalists pressed for a judicial14 inquiry15 into Shahzad's murder. Many and the news media suspect the country's intelligence agency, the ISI, in the killing16, a charge the spy agency denies. Shahzad's last report claimed that the Pakistani navy was in talks with al-Qaeda over the release of navy personnel who have been detained for their alleged17 links to the terror group thought to be behind the siege of a Karachi naval18 facility last month after the talks broke down. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.

From Washington, this is NPR News.

Missouri River floodwaters are rolling toward Hamburg, Iowa. The Army Corps19 of Engineers is trying to shore up a temporary levee, hoping that will be enough to save the town. Farmer Mike Nenneman says he's seen the floodwaters coming.

"You can drive upon the bluff20 of both towns, look out across the bottom, which just water for miles."

If the new levee fails, the whole parts of Hamburg could be under as much as 10 feet of water.

Arizona authorities are questioning two people in connection with the so-called Wallow Fire. They're trying to determine if an abandoned campfire was the source of a blaze that had grown to at least 733 square miles and made it one of the largest fires in state history.

With Father's Day just around the corner, there's a new study that's drawing a lot of attention and finds that more than a quarter of fathers in the United States now live apart from their children. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports that share has more than doubled in the past half century.

According to the Pew Research Center, the trend is fueled by a surge in out-of-wedlock births, and its study finds big disparities across race and social economic status. Black fathers are twice as likely as white ones who live apart from children. Forty percent of fathers who never finished high school is separately from their kids, compared to only 7% with a college degree. Pew also finds Americans overwhelmingly say having a dad at home is essential to children's happiness. For fathers who are in the same house, the study finds they're more actively21 involved in their children's daily life than in decades past. Jennifer Ludden, NPR News, Washington.

Before the close, the Dow was down 179 points at 11,897.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News, Washington.


1 uncertainty NlFwK     
  • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批评将会使局势更加不稳定。
  • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6个星期的忐忑不安后,压力开始产生影响了。
2 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。
3 outrage hvOyI     
  • When he heard the news he reacted with a sense of outrage.他得悉此事时义愤填膺。
  • We should never forget the outrage committed by the Japanese invaders.我们永远都不应该忘记日本侵略者犯下的暴行。
4 eligible Cq6xL     
  • He is an eligible young man.他是一个合格的年轻人。
  • Helen married an eligible bachelor.海伦嫁给了一个中意的单身汉。
5 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
6 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
7 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。
8 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
9 sputtering 60baa9a92850944a75456c0cb7ae5c34     
n.反应溅射法;飞溅;阴极真空喷镀;喷射v.唾沫飞溅( sputter的现在分词 );发劈啪声;喷出;飞溅出
  • A wick was sputtering feebly in a dish of oil. 瓦油灯上结了一个大灯花,使微弱的灯光变得更加阴暗。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • Jack ran up to the referee, sputtering protest. 贾克跑到裁判跟前,唾沫飞溅地提出抗议。 来自辞典例句
10 authorization wOxyV     
  • Anglers are required to obtain prior authorization from the park keeper.垂钓者必须事先得到公园管理者的许可。
  • You cannot take a day off without authorization.未经批准你不得休假。
11 Congressman TvMzt7     
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • 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。
12 detailed xuNzms     
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。
13 abducted 73ee11a839b49a2cf5305f1c0af4ca6a     
劫持,诱拐( abduct的过去式和过去分词 ); 使(肢体等)外展
  • Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that she was abducted. 侦探尚未排除她被绑架的可能性。
  • The kid was abducted at the gate of kindergarten. 那小孩在幼儿园大门口被绑架走了。
14 judicial c3fxD     
  • He is a man with a judicial mind.他是个公正的人。
  • Tom takes judicial proceedings against his father.汤姆对他的父亲正式提出诉讼。
15 inquiry nbgzF     
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
16 killing kpBziQ     
  • 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。
17 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
18 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
19 corps pzzxv     
  • The medical corps were cited for bravery in combat.医疗队由于在战场上的英勇表现而受嘉奖。
  • When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。
20 bluff ftZzB     
  • His threats are merely bluff.他的威胁仅仅是虚张声势。
  • John is a deep card.No one can bluff him easily.约翰是个机灵鬼。谁也不容易欺骗他。
21 actively lzezni     
  • During this period all the students were actively participating.在这节课中所有的学生都积极参加。
  • We are actively intervening to settle a quarrel.我们正在积极调解争执。
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