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NPR 2011-06-21

时间:2011-07-05 01:13来源:互联网 提供网友:ssoo   字体: [ ]

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

Wal-Mart is hailing the Supreme1 Court’s decision today to block a class-action lawsuit2 from going forward in its current form. The ruling is a big setback3 for more than a million women who accused the nation's largest private employer of gender4 discrimination. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports today's decision is drawing a lot of attention in the business world.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia says the women suing Wal-Mart can't prove their claims are similar enough to pack into one massive class-action case. Scalia says there isn't enough glue to hold together the claims of current and former female employees who worked all over the country. Had the Supreme Court ruled in other way, it would have forced Wal-Mart into a financial settlement worth billions of dollars. Other companies have been following the dispute closely for what it said about their ability to challenge employment discrimination cases. Carrie Johnson, NPR News, Washington.

Proponents5 of same-sex marriage burst into song in the halls of New York State Capitol, where Senate Republicans decide whether to vote on a gay marriage bill, and they're shouted down by members of those opposed to the measure. NPR's Margot Adler reports that after hours of close-door meetings today in Albany, Republicans have apparently6 made no decision.

Demonstrators on both sides of the issue lined the halls outside the Senate chamber7, chanting and singing. Republicans control the state Senate. Democrats9 control the assembly where the marriage bill has already passed. Two Republican state senators told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity10 that the legislation appeared to be tied to rent regulation legislation and a property tax cap. No decision yet by the Republican conference to send or not send the marriage bill to the Senate floor. It could be days. Meanwhile, Ruben Diaz, a minister from the Bronx, is the single Democrat8 in the state Senate, who remains11 opposed on religious principles to the bill, but Diaz has said he believes passage of the bill may be inevitable12, given the powerful involvement of New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo. Margot Adler, NPR News, New York.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is pledging to consider political reforms as he fights to protect his own authority. In a 70-minute televised speech, Assad said reforms might include scaling back his Baath party's dominance. He also acknowledged lives lost on both sides of an uprising against his regime that began months ago.

"It was a huge loss to their families and loved ones. It was a loss to the country. To me personally, it was a grave and dire13 loss."

Assad is heard through an interpreter broadcast on Al Jazeera. Today, thousands of anti-government activists14 again staged protests, while Assad says he will push still for a national dialog.

Before the close, the Dow was up 76 points at 12080.

This is NPR.

Authorities are trying to determine how many homes and businesses have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire that's burning near Arizona's border with New Mexico. Arizona Public Media's Steve Shadley reports the Monument Fire is among six big wildfires racing15 across desert, brush and pine trees in the state.

Gusty16 winds spread the fire to nearly 27000 acres near the city of Sierra Vista17. Officials say a total of 10000 people had been evacuated18 since the blaze started more than a week ago. Initial reports indicate at least 44 homes have burned. Fire management spokesman Diane Drobka says the evacuees19 are getting tired, sleeping in emergency shelters.

"There are a few people that are getting frustrated20 because of course they want to get back in. Some people have livestock21 that they left behind, and they're concerned because the power's off in some areas, and they want to be able to water their horses."

Drobka says military police from the nearby Fort Huachuca Army base have been called in to keep looters from entering the area. For NPR News, I'm Steve Shadley in Tucson.

Venus Williams advances in the opening round of Wimbledon matches, defeating the 97th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan in a straight-set win today. The five-time champion says she relied on experience to get through her first Grand Slam match since injuring her hip22 at the Australian Open in January.

"That's the beauty I think of being able to have a long career, is to be able to use the experience that you learn on the court. I think more and more players are starting to realize that it's an advantage to be able to play longer because then you actually understand the game."

And Rafael Nadal, the defending men's champion, defeated Michael Russell today — 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News.


1 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
2 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
3 setback XzuwD     
  • Since that time there has never been any setback in his career.从那时起他在事业上一直没有遇到周折。
  • She views every minor setback as a disaster.她把每个较小的挫折都看成重大灾难。
4 gender slSyD     
  • French differs from English in having gender for all nouns.法语不同于英语,所有的名词都有性。
  • Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender.妇女有时仅仅因为性别而无法获得种种机会。
5 proponents 984ded1baa85fedd6467626f41d14aff     
n.(某事业、理论等的)支持者,拥护者( proponent的名词复数 )
  • Reviewing courts were among the most active proponents of hybrid rulemaking procedures. 复审法院是最积极的混合型规则制定程序的建议者。 来自英汉非文学 - 行政法
  • Proponents of such opinions were arrested as 'traitors. ' 提倡这种主张的人马上作为“卖国贼”逮捕起来。 来自辞典例句
6 apparently tMmyQ     
  • 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。
7 chamber wnky9     
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
8 democrat Xmkzf     
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
9 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》
10 anonymity IMbyq     
n.the condition of being anonymous
  • Names of people in the book were changed to preserve anonymity. 为了姓名保密,书中的人用的都是化名。
  • Our company promises to preserve the anonymity of all its clients. 我们公司承诺不公开客户的姓名。
11 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
12 inevitable 5xcyq     
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
13 dire llUz9     
  • There were dire warnings about the dangers of watching too much TV.曾经有人就看电视太多的危害性提出严重警告。
  • We were indeed in dire straits.But we pulled through.那时我们的困难真是大极了,但是我们渡过了困难。
14 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 racing 1ksz3w     
  • 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。
16 gusty B5uyu     
  • Weather forecasts predict more hot weather,gusty winds and lightning strikes.天气预报预测高温、大风和雷电天气将继续。
  • Why was Candlestick Park so windy and gusty? 埃德尔斯蒂克公园里为什么会有那么多的强劲阵风?
17 vista jLVzN     
  • From my bedroom window I looked out on a crowded vista of hills and rooftops.我从卧室窗口望去,远处尽是连绵的山峦和屋顶。
  • These uprisings come from desperation and a vista of a future without hope.发生这些暴动是因为人们被逼上了绝路,未来看不到一点儿希望。
18 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。
19 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
20 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 livestock c0Wx1     
  • Both men and livestock are flourishing.人畜两旺。
  • The heavy rains and flooding killed scores of livestock.暴雨和大水淹死了许多牲口。
22 hip 1dOxX     
  • The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.股骨连着髋骨。
  • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line.新外套在臀围线上优美地打着褶皱。
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